Community Health Centers Get $6M to Improve Access and Care
September 1, 2014 Thirty-five nonprofit community health centers across Massachusetts will be sharing $6 million in grants awarded through an initiative of Neighborhood Health Plan and Partners HealthCare in partnership with the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers.
The initiative, called Partnership for Community Health, which recently announced the 2014 Excellence and Innovation grants, intends to provide up to $90 million for Massachusetts community health centers(CHCs) over 15 years.
CHC grantees on Cape Cod and the Islands will share $3 million in grant funding.
Community health centers play a critical role in caring for Massachusetts residents and our members, said Deborah C. Enos, president and CEO of Neighborhood Health Plan
, a nonprofit health plan that is a member of Partners HealthCare
, a nonprofit integrated health care system.
Launched in 2012, the program is designed to support the continued efforts of CHCs to reduce barriers to access, promote health equity, and provide care for patients in their communities.
The current round of Excellence and Innovation 2014 grants will support pioneering community health center projects aimed at transforming operations, patient communications, and service delivery. The funding is also focused on improving services that are shared across health centers, encouraging CHCs to collaborate in new ways to find solutions to common problems.
The Excellence and Innovation grants will help the CHCs on Cape Cod and the Islands to transform their operations and collaborate with colleagues across the state to continue serving their communities in dynamic new ways, she added.
A number of projects supported by the new funding were selected for individual, multi-organizational, or development grants. Harbor Community Health Center
in Hyannis, for example, partnered with 10 other health centers to propose a multi-organizational project centered on electronic health records.
These grants will help to support and accelerate important innovations in health care, the type of innovations that can improve access, coordination, and slow cost growth, said Gary L. Gottlieb, president and CEO of Partners HealthCare. And, we know that some of the best and most transformative innovations in patient-centered care are developed at our community health centers right here on Cape Cod and across Massachusetts.
The following CHCs received Excellence and Innovation 2014 grants:
- Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
- Bowdoin Street Health Center
- Brockton Neighborhood Health Center
- Brookside Community Health Center
- Codman Square Health Center
- Community Health Center of Cape Cod
- Community Health Center of Franklin County
- Community Health Connections
- Community Health Programs
- The Dimock Community Health Center
- Dorchester House Multi-Service Center
- Duffy Health Center
- East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
- Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
- The Family HealthCare Center at SSTAR
- Family Health Center of Worcester
- Fenway Community Health Center
- Greater Lawrence Family Health Center
- Greater New Bedford Community Health Center
- Greater Roslindale Medical & Dental Center
- Harbor Health Services
- Hilltown Community Health Centers
- Holyoke Health Center
- Island Health Care
- Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center
- Lowell Community Health Center
- Lynn Community Health Center
- Manet Community Health Center
- Mattapan Community Health Center
- North Shore Community Health
- Outer Cape Health Services
- South Boston Community Health Center
- South Cove Community Health Center
- South End Community Health Center
- Upham's Corner Health Center
Established in 1972, the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers is a statewide association representing and serving the needs of the states 49 community health centers through advocacy, technical assistance, promotion and management of clinical quality initiatives, and training and education for administrators, clinicians, and board members.