SAN DIEGO, CA – (February 15, 2022) Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded Family Health Centers of San Diego $2 million to increase virtual health care access and quality for underserved populations by enhancing telehealth, digital patient tools and health information technology.

FHCSD will use the award to develop, implement and evaluate an innovative high-touch, high-tech strategy consisting of medical digital access screening, home-based medical care, broadband program application assistance and a suite of optimized digital therapeutics. The high-touch, high-tech strategy aims to optimize virtual care for medically complex adult patients with unmanaged chronic conditions who also face barriers related to social determinants of health, COVID-19 vulnerabilities and digital access that prevent them from effectively utilizing clinic-based or virtual care.

“With the Department of Health and Human Services’ award, Family Health Centers of San Diego can further its efforts in increasing accessibility to quality health care for our most underserved populations,” said Fran Butler-Cohen, FHCSD CEO. “We have seen the proven benefits of utilizing technology to enhance the quality of primary and preventative care across our health system and will continue to explore solutions that combine the optimal balance of in-person and virtual care.”

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About Family Health Centers of San Diego
For over 50 years, Family Health Centers of San Diego’s (FHCSD) mission has been to provide caring, affordable, high-quality health care and supportive services to everyone, with a special commitment to uninsured, low-income and medically underserved persons. FHCSD is one of the nation’s ten largest FQHCs, operating 58 sites across San Diego County and providing care to over 227,000 patients each year, of whom 91% are low-income and 29% are uninsured.