By Christi Vasquez

El Centro de Corazón, an accomplished Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Houston’s East End, is one of 15 local nonprofits that has received a generous donation from Bank of America to support its frontline coronavirus efforts.

The $45,000 donation comes at a time of critical need as COVID-19 cases increase in Houston. Bank of America’s donation will expand access to healthcare and increase clinical resources for El Centro’s predominantly Hispanic patient demographic. Houston’s Hispanic population has been severely impacted by COVID-19, including the predominantly Hispanic patients in the East End.

“At Bank of America, we are deeply committed to supporting our communities and addressing the unique challenges faced across the Greater Houston Area, including advancing racial equality and economic opportunity,” said Hong Ogle, Bank of America Houston Market President. “We are working to assist residents and local businesses who are encountering unprecedented challenges in the face of the coronavirus crisis by developing partnerships with local organizations to reach our community on the ground level. Our work with El Centro de Corazon allows us to deploy essential resources to directly advance community stability and improve access to health care and resources to benefit the physical and mental health of our community.”

Each year, Bank of America provides $250 million in philanthropic grants for nonprofit and other organizations around the world. In March, Bank of America committed an additional $100 million to organizations serving communities hit hardest by the coronavirus. As part of these ongoing efforts, the bank is working with organizations that are going above and beyond to provide assistance in Houston to serve our most vulnerable populations amidst the coronavirus crisis and advance economic mobility.

Founded in 1994, El Centro de Corazón provides bilingual healthcare services to underinsured and uninsured patients at its four health centers, including primary care, prenatal care, dental services and behavioral health services.