Rep. Sharice Davids helped secure $650,000 in federal funding for Vibrant Health, a local health center in Wyandotte Country, to increase access to affordable and quality health care services in the area.
Vibrant Health provides medical, dental, mental health and women’s health services to underserved and uninsured children and adults in Wyandotte County. Across three locations, Vibrant Health sees approximately 10,000 patients a year.
“This is an exciting day for Wyandotte County. Vibrant Health provides critical medical, dental and behavioral health services across Wyandotte County, and I was proud to help them secure the federal funding needed to increase access to these services and care for more families in our community. Health care continues to be a top priority for people across the 3rd District, and I will keep working to ensure every Kansan has access to quality, affordable health care,” Rep. Sharice Davids, D-3rd Dist., said.
Vibrant Health was one of the 77 health centers across the country selected for a New Access Points grant and full designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center from the US. Department of Health and Human Services out of an estimated 700 applicants. Rep. Davids advocated for the grant and designation through a letter of support sent to the department.
“Wyandotte County has historically ranked 99 out of 103 counties in Kansas when it comes to health outcomes. Vibrant Health is committed to providing quality and accessible health care to members of the community and this grant award allows us the opportunity to increase access that community members need and deserve,” Vibrant Health CEO Patrick Sallee said.
In addition to direct federal funding, the Federally Qualified Health Center designation will provide enhanced Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, and allow Vibrant Health to offer valuable medication discounts to patients through a 340B Drug Pricing Program Pharmacy.