Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry todayunveiled a fuller list of 36 community health centers in Massachusetts that will receive a total of $8.6 million in economic stimulus money.
"At a time when families across the Commonwealth are losing their jobs and struggling with health care costs, this funding for our community health centers is desperately needed and will greatly benefit the vital work they do so well,” Kennedy said in a statement. “The first community health center was created here in Massachusetts, and I’ve long been an advocate for the outstanding services they provide in our neighborhoods. I commend President Obama for his commitment to ensuring health centers are a centerpiece of our nation’s health care system so they can continue to serve those who would not otherwise have access to such quality care.”
“This investment is a lifeline for people struggling to pay their bills and those desperate for a job,” added Kerry. “It will create jobs modernizing and renovating the health centers that our seniors, pregnant women and families depend on and will relieve some of the strain on an already overburdened public health system.”
James W. Hunt Jr., president of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, said in a statement, “This is an extraordinary step led by our Members of Congress and Senators to work with the Administration to reinforce the role community health centers play in providing access to health care and creating and maintaining jobs. A special thanks to Senator Kennedy for his consistent leadership in making health centers a key element in protecting our most vulnerable residents of the Commonwealth and nation. As the nation struggles, we’re seeing an increased demand for services, and community health centers will continue to be a key priority. We’re ready to serve.”
The list of grants is below:
Community Health Connections in Fitchburg will get $298,757; Community Health Programs in Great Barrington, $183,780; Holyoke Health Center in Holyoke, $293,281;Community Health Center of Franklin County in Turner Falls, $169,793; Hilltown Community Health Center in Worthington, $167,990; Caring Health Center in Springfield, $195,379; the City of Springfield, $144,811; Healthfirst Family Care Center in Fall River, $207,831;Community Healthlink in Worcester, $126,381; Family Health Center of Worcester, $334,022; Great Brook Valley Health Center in Worcester, $416,643; Greater New Bedford Community Health Center, $336,507; Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Inc., $393,755; Lowell Community Health Center, $274,972; Lynn Community Health Center, $393,331; North Shore Community Health in Salem, $196,615; Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center in Allston, $288,216; Boston Health Care For The Homeless, $238,888; Fenway Community Health Center in Boston, $185,065; Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, $100,000;Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester, $100,000; East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, $663,663; Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center, $171,689; Whittier Street Health Committee in Roxbury, $232,253; MassachusettsLeague of Community Health Centers, $134,935; North End Community Health Committee in Boston, $175,159; South Boston Community Health Center, $209,678; South Cove Community Health Center in Boston, $295,522; Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, $303,248; New England Hospital DBA Dimock CHC in Roxbury, $208,607; Duffy Health Center in Hyannis, $128,237; Cape Cod Free Clinic in Falmouth, $145,410; Manet Community Health Center in North Quincy, $203,851; Outer Cape Health Services in Orleans, $197,295; Harbor Health Services in Dorchester, $332,826; and Mattapan Community Health Center, $170,204.
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