At the Brockton event (l to r): Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, Partners President and CEO; Sue Joss, Executive Director, Brockton Neighborhood Health Center; James W. Hunt, Jr., President and CEO, MA League of Community Health Centers; Linda M. Balzotti, Mayor of Brockton; Matt Fishman, VP Community Health, Partners; Deborah C. Enos, President and CEO, NHP; Dr. Lauren Smith, Interim Commissioner, MA Department of Public Health.
Health care in Massachusetts is in the midst of rapid and sweeping change as we identify new and innovative ways to improve patient care while making that care affordable and accessible. It is a time in which providers and insurers are expected to think differently about coordination by developing improved methods to deliver care to patients. When Neighborhood Health Plan formally joined the Partners HealthCare family, we launched a new initiative aimed at aiding and supporting exactly this type of positive transformation.
In October, we announced that we’d be providing up to $90 million in grants to community health centers (CHCs) over the next 15 years through our newly created Partnership for Community Health. This week in separate events in Brockton and Lawrence, we joined with community health center leaders, state officials and clinical staff to report that the first round of grants will help each and every health center in the state to improve care in their communities.
In total, $4.25 million will benefit 49 community health centers spanning the entire state, from Boston to Holyoke.