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|Board Of Health Facing Tough Choices
|A grant that may soon be released forces the Knox County Board of Health to focus on some tough decisions in the next month.
The Knox County Board of Health Wednesday night focused their attention to the application process of a Section 330 Grant which would net the health department over half a million dollars.
Michele Fishburn, Director of Community Health Improvement at the Knox County Health Department, says actions need to be taken to get the ball rolling with the Section 330 application process, and decisions need to be made. One of those decisions would be to hire Susan Greene & Associates who would help with all the details of the process. Fishburn told the board of health, they were expecting the grant to be released later this year.
"We received notification that individuals within HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) had let it slip that would be releasing the FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Clinic opportunity or the Section 330, earlier than anticipated. It was previously thought that they would go out in December, so now they are saying June or July which puts us up in a ramped up phase.
The Section 330 grant, Fishburn says, is a competitive process where applicants are reviewed by a committee and scored on a 100 point scale. The grant indicates certain terms must be met within 120 days of grant approval. Some of the terms that would need to be in place would be having a CEO on-site at the community health clinic, and a full-time doctor as part of their staff.
The grant would include $650,000 and malpractice coverage provided by the federal government.
The board of health will take action on deciding how to proceed with the Section 330 application process at next month's meeting.
|06 12 09 by Newsroom
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