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April 8, 2020

Dorchester Reporter: Dot, Mattapan health centers among those to get millions in federal funding

Community health centers in Massachusetts will see an infusion of $36.5 million statewide, with several key facilities in Dorchester and Mattapan included in the funding awards through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under CARES Act.

Boston community health centers that will receive funding include:

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Corporation- $2,181,785
DotHouse Health, Inc.-$841,610
Harbor Health Services, Inc. – $1,101,650 (which includes the Daniel Driscoll Neponset Health Center and Geiger-Gibson in Dorchester.)
Whittier Street Health Center – $947,975
Codman Square Health Center, Inc. – $919,250
Mattapan Community Health Center, Inc.- $679,325
Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers Inc.- $568,745
Uphams Corner Health Center – $717,140
Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center, Inc.- $625,925
Sen. Ed Markey said he was excited to announce the funding for community health centers, but said more work must be done to secure additional funding.

“For many Americans, community health centers are their only access point for health care. This funding will ensure that as we combat this viral enemy, our Massachusetts community health centers remain an integral component of our social safety net,” said Senator Ed Markey. “I will continue to push for the next round of economic relief to include additional funding for community health centers so that they can care for patients during this health emergency.”

Last month, Senator Warren and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley led 165 lawmakers in calling on House and Senate leadership to dramatically increase long-term funding for community health centers in the third coronavirus legislative package.

Pressley said that the COVID-19 crisis has strained community health centers.

“The Massachusetts 7th Congressional District is home to the largest concentration of Community Health Centers with 15 federally qualified health centers that serve 1 in 3 residents in my district,” Pressley said in a statement.

“I’ve met and spoken with many of our amazing Community Health Center leaders and providers during this pandemic and I am grateful for their passionate and courageous service to the most vulnerable in our society — especially under such difficult circumstances, ” said Congressman Stephen Lynch.