Lee, Obama Advisor Jarrett Tour Oakland Health Clinic

Right to left: Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Obama Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and La Clinica de La Raza CEO Jane Garcia. Photo by Gene Hazzard.Congresswoman Barbara Lee has always taken pride in how agencies and non-profits have leveraged funding they have received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and on Friday, March 5 she shared her enthusiasm with Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement.
Congresswoman Lee led Jarrett on an early morning tour of Oakland’s San Antonio Neighborhood Health Center to illustrate how agencies and non-profits are using Stimulus funding to enhance services and how effectively ARRA funds are being put to use in the Ninth Congressional District.
“La Clinica is an excellent example of how important community-based health services are in this District, and throughout the country,” Congresswoman Lee said, who added that the funding of health centers like the San Antonio Neighborhood Health Center contribute “substantially to the economic vitality of” our communities.
“This is why the (Congressional Black Caucus), along with the Tri-Caucus, wants increased workforce training for the healthcare sector,” Congresswoman Lee continued. “We recognize how important this industry is in creating the jobs of the future.”
Jarrett praised the clinic, say it serves as an example of ARRA money that is being put to good use.
The San Antonio Neighborhood Health Center received $2 .1 million in funding from the United States Department of Labor that was authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The allocation is part of nearly $2 billion in ARRA funding that Congresswoman Lee has helped secure for agencies, institutions and communities throughout the Ninth Congressional District during the past year. The facility also received $382,000 in general earmarks for capitol expansions and an additional $880,000 to support demand for increase services.
As Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congresswoman Lee fought to ensure that funding for community health centers was included in the ARRA legislation. ARRA funds received by the San Antonio Neighborhood Health Center are being used for staffing and training. Congresswoman Lee and Ms. Jarrett will tour the facility to see how ARRA funds are being used to enhance services at the center and to illustrate how effectively Stimulus funding is being put to use in the Ninth Congressional District.