VICKY'S VIEW: Local Health Clinics Receive Multi-Million Federal Grant
Local Health Clinics Receive Multi-Million Federal Grant
Last year I had the opportunity to visit with the staff at Katy Trail Community Health and learn what services they offer to Missouri’s Fourth District.
Katy Trail Community Health (KTCH) clinics serve a vital role in Missouri’s Fourth District, especially in areas that lack health care professionals and affordable care. I’m happy to announce that KTCH, which has several clinics in Missouri (including in Sedalia, Versailles and Warsaw), received a $3.5 million federal grant this month to continue its delivery of comprehensive, affordable, quality primary care services to low income families. This includes providing doctor appointments, performing routine check-ups, providing treatment for chronic diseases like diabetes, and diagnosing and treating illnesses like strep throat or the common cold.
This grant will also help KTCH continue its recent efforts to integrate pain management services into its primary care, which is especially helpful for those struggling to manage chronic pain without the use of opioids. I got a front row view of this operation when I visited the KTCH Sedalia clinic last year. During my tour, I met with staff and learned firsthand about the chronic pain program, which provides evidence based interdisciplinary treatment, including behavioral health treatment, to patients suffering from chronic pain.
The grant KTCH received will also help the clinics maintain their partnerships with local organizations to prevent people with mental illness from being incarcerated. Additionally, the funding will sustain their school based behavioral health services initiatives in three school districts, which I hope will ultimately lead to safer schools in Missouri’s Fourth District.
If you would like to see if a Katy Trail Community Health clinic is located near you, please click here for a map.
Mo Business for MO
I had a great meeting with Missouri’s Procurement Technical Assistance Program, which has helped create or retain an estimated 87,000 jobs in the Show Me State.
Recently I had the pleasure of meeting with the representatives of Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (MO PTAC), which assists businesses in obtaining government contracts at the federal, state, and local levels. There are numerous government contracts available, but many small businesses lack the expertise they need to win them. MO PTAC solves this problem by helping small businesses in Missouri identify opportunities and then navigate the red tape to actually win government contracts.
This program already has many success stories in Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District. One of them is Veterans Worldwide Sales and Services in Gravois Mills. With the help of MO PTAC, this business secured $2 million worth of federal contracts, including work for the Army at Fort Leonard Wood.
Several businesses in Columbia have also benefited from MO PTAC’s assistance, including Midway Development Company, which recently completed one of the largest national cemetery synthetic turf installations in the country on the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.
If you are wondering which goods or services you provide that the government needs, you can sign up here to receive a streamlined daily customized “bid email” from MO PTAC, outlining all the opportunities available each day that match your interests. Once you find an opportunity on which you would like to bid, MO PTACT staff stands by to assist you. Their counselors will help you unravel guidelines and understand the government’s expectations for accounting capabilities, a delivery/performing schedule, and integrity and ethics, to name a few.
Helping Those Who Have Suffered at the Hands of ISIS
Minority groups in Iraq and Syria, especially Christians and Yazidis, have suffered unspeakable atrocities at the hands of ISIS. So much so, that in 2016, our State Department designated the crimes committed against them as “genocide.” Despite this designation, the existential threat to Christians and Yazidis and other minorities continues to this day. Even worse, these groups feel abandoned by America and other countries around the globe.
This week, we took steps to bring them urgently needed aid. The House passed legislation that the Senate also approved called H.R. 390, the Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act. This bill would support groups who are already on the ground in Iraq and Syria delivering aid to groups persecuted by ISIS and increase accountability for perpetrators of war crimes. Specifically, it would encourage and support countries and organizations collecting evidence on perpetrators of war crimes, so they can be prosecuted. Congress is doing everything we can to help these communities that have suffered unspeakable atrocities for their faith. I hope this aid package will begin to provide the security and justice these persecuted people so desperately deserve after years of suffering under ISIS.
Photos to Share
One of my favorite parts of my job is getting to sit down with people like Sherrie Laurie, who directs the Hope Center in downtown Anchorage. The Center feeds the homeless during the day and provides shelter to battered women at night. Sherrie is doing amazing work.
It's been an honor to serve alongside my colleague from Guam, Madeleine Bordallo (D), as co-chair of the Long Range Strike Caucus. Rep. Bordallo is leaving Congress and has been a strong advocate for the U.S. Air Force bomber fleet. She will truly be missed.
A photo of Lowell and me trying to finish the soybean harvest a week ago. A misty rain moved in at about 9pm that night and shut us down, but we finished the week of Thanksgiving and are truly thankful harvest is done and the crops are in. The beans pictured were planted behind wheat that was cut in June.
Weekly Dose of Good News
As Christmas shopping begins, small business confidence remains at a near-record high. A National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) survey credits a strong labor market, high profit trends, and historically low inflation for that high confidence. This survey is taken monthly, looking at the practices of small businesses nationwide, and is considered to be a reliable indicator of hiring and wage trends across the country. Additionally, wages in October rose at the fastest rate we’ve seen in nearly a decade. We can all be glad about this great news for Americans who are looking for jobs and those seeking better jobs and higher pay!