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Two Central Illinois health centers receiving nearly $1.2M in American Rescue Plan funding

(WEEK) -- Two community health centers in Central Illinois are set to receive part of $35.7 million in American Rescue Plan funding for 42 community health centers around the state.

Heartland Community Health Clinic in Peoria is set to receive $744,794 and Chestnut Health Systems, Inc. of Bloomington is set to receive $542,581, according to a joint release from U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth.

The funding is for modernizing health care infrastructure and enhancing the work of the health centers to address health disparities in underserved communities. They'll use this funding for COVID-19-related capital needs, constructing new facilities, renovating and expanding existing facilities to enhance response to pandemics, and purchasing new state-of-the-art equipment, including telehealth technology, mobile medical vans, and freezers to store vaccines. 

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