May 08, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $7 Million for Community Health Centers to Increase COVID-19 Testing Capacity

The Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone announced $6,975,492 for eighteen community health centers in Maryland through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Authorized through the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, these awards will help health centers to cover the costs of purchasing, administering, and expanding their capacity to administer COVID-19 tests.

“Ensuring widespread access to testing is the first step necessary to moving safely to the other side of this pandemic,” said the delegation. “These federal funds will help CHCs across Maryland increase testing capacity, especially for families and individuals who face barriers to obtaining health care. We will continue working closely with state officials to support Maryland’s COVID-19 response efforts and keep delivering critical federal resources to our state.”

All Maryland community health centers are currently conducting testing for COVID-19. The delegation previously announced $15.6 million for Maryland community health centers through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act.

HHS has awarded nearly $583 million to 1,385 centers across the country. The funds may be used to expand the range of testing and testing-related activities to best address the needs of their local communities, including the purchase of personal protective equipment; training, outreach, procurement and administration of tests; laboratory services; and the expansion of walk-up or drive-up testing capabilities. 

Full details on the awards for Maryland health centers may be found via HHS and below: 

Grantee Name


Award Amount

Baltimore Medical System, Inc.

Baltimore City


Chase Brexton Health Services, Inc.

Baltimore City


Choptank Community Health System, Inc.

Denton/Caroline County


The Community Clinic, Inc.

Silver Spring/Montgomery County


Elaine Ellis Center of Health, Inc.



Family Health Centers of Baltimore, Inc.

Baltimore City


City of Frederick



Greater Baden Medical Services, Inc.

Brandywine/Prince George’s County


Health Care for the Homeless, Inc.

Baltimore City


Mobile Medical Care, Inc.

Bethesda/Montgomery County


Owensville Primary Care, Inc.

West River/Anne Arundel


Park West Health Systems Incorporated

Baltimore City


Three Lower Counties Community Services, Inc.

Salisbury/Wicomico County


Total Health Care, Inc.

Baltimore City


Tri-State Community Health Center



Walnut Street Community Health Center, Inc.

Hagerstown/Washington County


West Cecil Health Center, Inc.

Conowingo/Cecil County


Western Maryland Health Care Corporation

Oakland/Garrett County