Biloxi's Coastal Family Health Center Receives $6.1 Million
From: Office of the Governor Filed 6/24/06
Governor Haley Barbour announced Friday that the Coastal Family
Health Center, headquartered in Biloxi, will receive a $6.1 million grant
to help restore primary health care services to people in Harrison,
Jackson and Hancock counties.
"I am pleased to announce this grant because it goes to the heart of how
we can best recover from the terrible impact of Hurricane Katrina on local
health care services - by restoring critical services as quickly as
possible," Governor Barbour said at a morning session with Mississippi
journalists assembled for the annual Mississippi Press Association
CFHC has provided comprehensive medical, dental, behavioral
health/substance abuse, optometry, and pharmacy services for residents of
Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties for the last 27 years.
Pre-Katrina, CFHC had 5 free-standing clinics in the three counties, two
school-based clinics, and two mobile medical units with a service area
population of 370,000 people.
Katrina completely destroyed the clinic and administrative sites in Biloxi
and the clinic in Bay St. Louis. The Gulfport clinic sustained major roof
damage which resulted in water damage in the building. The clinics at
Saucier and Vancleave also suffered roof damage, and the school clinics at
Moss Point were water damaged. The two mobile medical units and their
pharmacy were destroyed. All personnel and patient records were lost, but
historical records remain due to federal and state reporting requirements.
In 2004, CFHC provided health care to 30,454 people, including 1,744
homeless individuals, through 96,082 billable medical, dental, mental
health/substance abuse, and optometry encounters. There were a total of
116,509 patient contacts. Nearly 67% of these individuals reported
incomes below 100% of poverty, and another 16% had incomes between 100%
and 200% of poverty.
The grant will assist the facility in restoring the supply and
availability of comprehensive primary care services; reducing health
disparities related to mental health, diabetes, cardiovascular disease,
and pre-natal care; and providing culturally and linguistically
appropriate care to African-American, Latino, Vietnamese populations and
other groups, such as the homeless.