NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – A leading community health care provider is getting more resources to serve the community.  The Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center is one of 290 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to share $260 million in Affordable Care Act funding. The funds are designated for facility renovation, expansion, or construction, which will allow health centers to provide care to over 800,000 new patients nationwide.

“We are thrilled to be one of the recipients of this very generous award,” said Michael Taylor, Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center’s CEO. “With it, we will be able to build a new care site in Northwestern New Haven, creating access to critically needed services such as primary care and behavioral health counseling for the almost 6,000 residents who live in that area.”

The new health care site will be located at the Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of New Haven’s Wilmont Crossing Development (122 Wilmot Street) in the West Rock neighborhood. The site will provide primary care, mental health and substance abuse assessment and treatment, and specialty care. The primary care services provided will include pediatrics, internal medicine, gynecology and family planning. Specialty services such as podiatry will be offered on-site part-time.  The 9,102 square feet site is situated within a larger 60,497 square feet development inclusive of 42,759 square feet of residential units for the elderly and disabled as well as a mini-mart, which is under construction and will open on August.

The Health Center will also bring dental services to the community thanks to another recent award from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. This $350,000 grant will allow the health center to purchase portable dental equipment and provide mobile dental services. The Wilmont Crossing Development will be one of many places where the new mobile dental services are provided.

“Elm City Communities operates five communities in the West Rock neighborhood and is home to over 850 residents.  Additionally, the clinic may serve 700 Elm City Communities residents living in the surrounding Westville neighborhoods.  We are so pleased that Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center has chosen to partner with us to build a health center in one of our newest developments.  I am excited for our residents that they will have accessible healthcare options that are reliable and I am even more excited about the health outcomes of our residents within the West Rock and Westville neighborhoods as well as the City of New Haven overall.” – Karen DuBois-Walton, Executive Director of Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of the City of New Haven.

Under Mayor Harp’s leadership, the City of New Haven has recently launched several health campaigns. A new city ordinance further restricts tobacco use, adding city parks and athletic fields to the list of places where smoking is prohibited. Public school-based health centers were augmented by a school-based dental clinic in a pilot program. And with help from a federal grant, an anti-obesity initiative targets neighborhoods with food and nutrition counseling and cooking instruction.

“My administration has prioritized healthcare access as a key to better health citywide – those who need check-ups, treatment, and aftercare must have ready access to providers for the best chance at a successful outcome,” New Haven Mayor Toni N. Harp said. “Plans for this new branch of the Cornell Scott Hill Health Center advance our objective for city residents to prioritize better individual health.”

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro said, “For more than 45 years, the Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center has been a leading provider of community healthcare in New Haven and I am thrilled that with this federal grant, you will be able to expand care to more of our local families.  This investment is an example of what is possible when government and community health centers work together, and the Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center could not be more deserving of this award. The difference that this funding will make in the lives of children and families in our region cannot be overstated.”