Trillium Health Awarded $4.9M in ARPA Funds
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Trillium Health Awarded $4.9M in ARPA Funds

Dec 14, 2022

Funding will be used to improve public health and wellness for historically underrepresented, vulnerable, and underserved populations in Monroe County

December 14, 2022 (ROCHESTER, NY) — Trillium Health is proud to announce that it has been awarded a total of $4.9 million over 4 years in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The funding will be used to expand Trillium Health’s food pantry and to hire Medical Case Managers who will identify and enroll individuals in need of healthcare and supportive services at Trillium Health.

“We are incredibly honored to receive this grant,” said Andrea DeMeo, President and CEO at Trillium Health. “Trillium Health will use the funding to advance Monroe County’s goal of improving public health by increasing linkages to healthcare and supportive services through our food cupboard at 259 Monroe Avenue, our Harm Reduction Services program at 39 Delevan Street, and our mobile access clinic.”

“We’d like to thank Monroe County Executive Adam Bello, the Monroe County Legislature, Senator Chuck Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Joe Morelle for their commitment to improving public health and wellness for historically underrepresented, vulnerable, and underserved populations who have been impacted by the social determinants of health,” said DeMeo.

“As County Executive, I made it my priority to ensure this once-in-a-lifetime funding opportunity through the American Rescue Plan Act would directly benefit the people in our community who need it most and spark transformative change in the lives of our residents,” said County Executive Bello. “Trillium Health’s proposal to expand the capacity of their food cupboard and link more individuals to the wrap-around, comprehensive care they provide is precisely the kind of innovative, community-based solutions my administration hoped for when we initiated our RFP process, and I commend them for their dedication to serving our most vulnerable citizens.”

Trillium Health operates a food pantry at 259 Monroe Avenue in partnership with Foodlink. The food pantry is open to all of Trillium Health’s patients and clients, along with people who live in the zip codes 14607 and 14620. Last year, the food pantry served 3,000 households and distributed 118,000 pounds of food. The ARPA funds will be used to improve the food pantry and increase the amount of food that Trillium Health is able to purchase and distribute to its patients and external community partners.

The ARPA funds will also be used to embed Medical Case Managers and Outreach Specialists at all of Trillium Health’s points of entry to help identify, enroll, and refer individuals in need of healthcare and supportive services. It will help to build the necessary infrastructure as New York prepares to implement NYS’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver – a plan designed to improve the quality of healthcare and cost effectiveness for the poorest and most at-risk members of the community.

“We want the community to know that Trillium Health offers healthcare and supportive services at every door,” said DeMeo. “People who come to see us will be offered a full array of services – especially underrepresented, vulnerable, and low-income populations in Monroe County.”

About Trillium Health

Trillium Health is a Community Health Center that provides extraordinary care for all, including LGBTQ+ health, ensuring equitable, judgement-free, and affordable care. We believe that everyone who walks through our doors deserves high quality, affordable healthcare, regardless of income, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, or ethnicity. For more information, please visit www.trilliumhealth.org