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Federal officials have awarded $19 million nationally to create new health care centers, including five in Georgia.

The new Georgia health centers will be located in Baldwin, Polk, Chatooga, Taylor and Houston counties.

Mayor Chuck Shaheen called a press conference and says the city is partnering withHouston Healthcare and First Choice Primary Care.

The grant was awarded to First Choice Primary Care for $483,333 according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

According to the Georgia Health News website, Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services saidthe health centers will increase access to preventive and primary care.

Their parent organizations - in Greensboro, Trenton, Richland and Macon - are federally qualified health centers, and will share funding of $2.6 million.

The federally qualified health centers serve underserved areas, offer a sliding fee scale, and provide comprehensive health services.

"Health centers have a proven track record of success in providing high quality health care to those who need it most," said Sebelius.

Nationwide, 32 projects were funded for a total of about $67M and four of those projects are in Georgia. The HHS release says $19M of that was made possible by the Affordable Care Act.

13WMAZ's Anita Oh will have more details later on 13wmaz.com and on Eyewitness News Midday.

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