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Massachusetts community health centers receive $43.5 million in federal construction grants

10-8-10 Feature Story:

Eight Massachusetts community health centers will receive a total of $43.5 million in federal grants to build new health centers and renovate existing facilities. The funds, tallying $727 million nationwide, were announced on Oct. 8 by U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and represent the first in a series of awards that will be made available to community health centers under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Massachusetts received the third largest allocation of funds out of 39 state recipients.

"These investments are critical to expanding the number of Massachusetts' residents who have access to quality primary and preventive health care -- particularly in these challenging economic times," said James W. Hunt, Jr., CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers. "What's more, these dollars will bring new construction and permanent jobs to some of the Commonwealth's most economically distressed communities."

Over the next five years, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will provide $11 billion in funding for the operation, expansion and construction of community health centers across the country. This expansion of sites and services will support health centers as they work to double the number of patients they currently serve nationally -- from 20 million to 40 million -- by 2015.

Grantees are listed below:

  • Brockton Neighborhood Health Center - $11,355,854
  • Codman Square Health Center - $7,950,000
  • Community Health Center of Cape Cod - $6,000,000
  • Duffy Health Center - $461,991
  • Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center (formerly Great Brook Valley Health Center) - $6,400,000
  • Lynn Community Health Center - $6,936,311
  • North Shore Community Health - $750,000
  • Outer Cape Health Services - $3,619,311
  • Click here to read coverage of the grants in the Boston Globe.

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