Three NEC Members partner to award $6 million in grants
Three New England Council Members have collaborated to provide $6 million in grants to 35 community health centers throughout Massachusetts, they announced August 18. Partners Healthcare and Neighborhood Health Plan funded the Partnership for Community Health initiative, which receives guidance from fellow NEC member Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers. The funding they have provided is part of a 15-year, $90 million grant commitment made by the initiative in 2012.
The grant funding is dedicated to community health centers, recognizing the significant role they play in providing effective health coverage to neighborhoods. Thirty-five health centers were selected in a competitive process and will receive grants that will transform operations, change patient communications and improve service delivery within the centers. An emphasis was put on collaborative projects between community health centers. Harbor Community Health Center in Hyannis was among the biggest grant winners, receiving $824,707 to partner with 10 other health centers to establish a statewide forum to share best practices, collaborate on large-scale technology projects, and prepare to join Mass HIway—the state’s electronic health information exchange.
“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 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.”
Since its establishment in 2012, the initiative has provided over $10 million in grants to nearly every health center in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The New England Council commends Partners Healthcare, Neighborhood Health Plan, and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers on collaborating to support community health centers and improve the quality of healthcare in New England.