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Rep. Cartwright Announces $1.6 Million in Federal Funding to Support Family Planning, Preventive Health Care Services

Eighth Congressional District, April 21, 2022

Eighth Congressional District, Pennsylvania – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced $1,609,630 from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to Maternal and Family Health Services (MFHS). This funding is part of a $256.6 million nationwide investment to expand access to affordable, high-quality, patient-centered family planning and related health care services.

“I am proud of the work MFHS does to support Northeastern Pennsylvanians. This funding will help women and families by providing quality medical care to those who need it most,” said Rep. Cartwright. “This funding is an important investment in our nation’s health care infrastructure. I will continue to fight for funding for comprehensive family planning and preventive health care services for all Americans.”

“We are pleased that our organization, once again, has been awarded this vital health care grant and appreciate Congressman Cartwright’s ongoing support,” said Dr. Maria Montoro Edwards, President and CEO of Maternal & Family Health Services. “As a Title X grant recipient for over five decades, MFHS has served as our region’s direct connection to quality, affordable reproductive health care. We are dedicated to making sure our community is connected to the support and care they need to make informed, educated decisions about their reproductive health.”

Since its founding in 1971, MFHS has been working to meet the needs of women, children, and families to address health disparities by providing pregnancy care, reproductive health services, preventive screenings, nurse-family partnerships, and nutrition education. Operating in 16 counties, MFHS serves more than 90,000 Pennsylvanians annually through its programs.

For more than 50 years, Title X has been the only federal grant program providing funding for comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services. The current grant program restores access to Title X services across the country by supporting a diverse network of clinics such as state and local health departments, federally qualified health centers, hospital-based sites and other nonprofit and community-based health centers.