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On Her Way to Meet the President

Health centers get federal grants

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    A Connecticut woman will be meeting with the president today.

    On Thursday, Alfreda Turner will meet the President Barack Obama and celebrate a $10 million grant from the government.

    Turner is the CEO and President of Charter Oak Health Center and her center will receive the money through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants.

    "There aren't words to describe how happy I am," Turner told the Hartford Courant.

    She drove to Washington, DC on Tuesday night and told the newspaper she had no idea her center would get the money when she left on the trip. She had an invitation to the White House, so she was going. 

    "We got an invitation to the White House to meet with President Obama … because of our work in health centers," she told the newspaper.
     
    On Thursday, she will join President Obama at the White House for a ceremony to celebrate the announcement of Recovery Act grants to Community Health Centers across the nation, according to a news release from Congressman John Larson's office.

    "Alfreda Turner and her staff at Charter Oak Health Center do the tough work on the ground to make our state and our nation healthier,” Larson said. “It was heartfelt and fitting that President Obama invited Alfreda to the White House to take part in this historic announcement. Community health centers play a vital role in providing essential health services to the underserved residents in the Greater Hartford region.”

    “Charter Oak Health Center is so gratefully to President Obama and the congressional support provided by Congressman Larson and his colleagues for making this day possible. This funding will truly make a different in improving the overall access to services and quality of care offered to Hartford residents. We know this grant will truly make a difference in our communities,” Turner said in a news release. 

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    Community Health Services is the other local health center to get a grant from the act and will receive $6.1 million.