MEHOP Receives Emergency Grant from Direct Relief
MEHOP has received a $50,000.00 grant from Direct Relief, in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers. The funding we are receiving will support our services in Matagorda and Wharton counties amid Covid-19, allowing us to purchase equipment and enhance safety measures in our clinics.
Matagorda and Wharton counties combined, to date, have experienced approximately over 100 cases of COVID-19 and five deaths. MEHOP transitioned rapidly in the early stages of the pandemic to provide for the needs of our communities. Currently, we have performed over 100 tests, implemented tele-health and tele-therapy services in addition to keeping our clinics open for in-office visits. We have implemented screening protocols for anyone entering our clinics, kept in contact with our chronic care patients and utilized our partnerships and other resources to maintain the needed PPE for our staff.
Grant funding received from Direct Relief will be used to purchase portable vital sign monitors, install store front glass at all clinic reception areas and replace carpet with flooring at our 111 Ave. F, Bay City location. All MEHOP clinics are open and continue to offer multiple options for patient convenience to receive healthcare services. Across the county, health care providers have seen a decline in patient visits due to COVID-19. For non-profit Federally Qualified Health Centers like MEHOP, emergency grant funding has allowed us to continue our mission to ensure access to care.
We are thankful for the support from Direct Relief and NACHC and for their recognition of the continued need as we confront Covid-19 and care for our community.