PEORIA — A local community health clinic has received more than $800,000 in federal funding to support patient-centered care initiatives. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will award $848,510 to Heartland Health Services, formerly known as Heartland Community Health Clinic, as part of a total $4.9 million to be distributed to community health centers statewide. The award was announced jointly by U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, both Democrats. The grant is awarded every three years and is a major component of funding for Heartland, whose primary focus is providing medical support to underserved and low-income communities.

"This funding really allows us to continue that comprehensive, quality health care for all, (and) allows us to keep our doors open for everyone regardless of whether you have ins or not, whether you have a home or not," said Heartland's director of marketing, Jamie Messmore.

The funds will be primarily used to cover general operating expenses and help support several previously announced expansions Heartland has planned in the coming months and years, including expanding pediatric and OB-GYN services and opening a facility in Pekin.