Eight health centers in Louisiana have been awarded nearly $6.8 million in federal funds for renovations, expansions or construction to provide additional primary and preventive health services to people who aren’t receiving adequate medical services.

Recipients in south Louisiana are Innis Community Health Center Inc. in Innis, $1 million; Jefferson Community Health Care Centers Inc. in Avondale, $488,990; St. Charles Community Health Center Inc. in Luling, $959,150; St. Thomas Community Health Center Inc. in New Orleans, $1 million; and The Teche Action Board in Franklin, $1 million.

Two centers in Shreveport and one in Winnfield received funds.

The grants from the Affordable Care Act’s Community Health Center Fund will expand services to an estimated 9,399 new patients in the state, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said.

Nationwide, $260 million in funding is being provided to 290 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.