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Massachusetts health centers receive $80 million
in federal stimulus funds

12-9-09 Feature Story:

Washington, D.C. - President Barack Obama recently included eight Massachusetts health centers as part of a $600 million allocation of stimulus funds to 85 community health centers nationwide. The eight Massachusetts health centers received a total of $80 million -- the largest allocation of any state recipient -- for facility expansion and technology upgrades amid growing demand for their primary health care services and higher-than-average unemployment rates in the economically distressed communities they serve. Click on the following links for local media coverage on the Massachusetts health center FIP awards:

"We are stunned and grateful to President Obama, our state congressional delegation and Governor Patrick for bringing these significant resources to Massachusetts," said James W. Hunt, Jr., president & CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers. "While the Commonwealth's health centers already provide primary and preventive care to one out of every 9 residents, the recession has resulted in an even greater spike in demand, particularly among middle income residents. These funds will be pivotal in assisting these eight health centers in creating local jobs and ensuring health access as the economic crisis continues."

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