Neighborhood Health Plan, Partners HealthCare and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers Announce Up to $90 Million in Grants for CHCs
Partnership for Community Health will provide $4.25 million to CHCs in its first round of grants
BOSTON, October 1, 2012 - Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP), Partners HealthCare Systems and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (“the League”) launched today a new initiative that will bring significant resources and investments to the state's community health centers (CHCs) in their continued efforts to reduce barriers to access, promote health equity and provide care for patients in their communities.
During the next 15 years, Partnership for Community Health will provide up to $90 million in grant funding to CHCs to develop and launch measurable programs that enhance health outcomes, service, efficiencies and quality of care. Grants will focus on projects that support expanded programs and improve the infrastructure of CHCs.
"Both NHP and Partners are deeply committed to the belief that CHCs are the cornerstone of an accessible, high-quality, and cost-effective health care delivery system, particularly for the underserved," said NHP President and CEO Deborah C. Enos. "This new initiative is vital in our effort to enhance our support for the CHCs that care for so many of our members."
"CHCs are among our most important health care assets," said President and CEO of Partners Gary L. Gottlieb, MD. " Partnership for Community Health will help NHP and Partners continue our mission to support CHCs as they continue to improve access to care and promote health equity for the underserved."
"This new initiative will help CHCs prepare for the upcoming changes that health reform will bring, while allowing them to continue delivering their innovative care to the more than 800,000 patients they serve statewide," said the League's President and CEO James W. Hunt, Jr.
In its first round of grants, Partnership for Community Health will provide a total of $4.25 million in grants to each of the 49 CHCs that are members of the League to fund initiatives that will help prepare CHCs for patient centered medical home, state payment reform and federal health reform requirements.
After the first round of grants, the CHCs will be eligible to apply for grants through a competitive application process.
Partnership for Community Health's grant making board includes representatives of NHP, Partners and the League.
About Neighborhood Health Plan
Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP), a Massachusetts-based not-for-profit corporation, is fully licensed by the Massachusetts Division of Insurance as a health maintenance organization and has provided comprehensive health services since 1986. An NCQA-accredited managed care organization, NHP serves MassHealth, Commonwealth Care, Commonwealth Choice, and fully insured commercial members across the Commonwealth. By working closely with the MassHealth program and commercial purchasers, and by partnering with community health centers and other providers, NHP grew rapidly from a few thousand members in the late 1980s to approximately 250,000 members today throughout Massachusetts. Headquartered in Boston, NHP serves members who have access to a provider network of more than 4,000 primary care practitioners, over 13,400 specialists, and 65 teaching, community, and specialty hospitals. Our network includes nationally known, major academic medical centers such as Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Children's Hospital Boston, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Tufts Medical Center, and major medical groups such as Atrius Health/Harvard Vanguard and Lahey Clinic. Neighborhood Health Plan is a member of Partners HealthCare, which was founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital.
About Partners HealthCare
Partners HealthCare is an integrated health care system, founded by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, that offers patients a continuum of coordinated and high-quality care. In addition to its two academic medical centers, the Partners system includes community and specialty hospitals, a managed care organization, a physician network, community health centers, home health and long-term care services, and other health care entities. Partners HealthCare is committed to patient care, research, teaching, and service to the community. Partners is one of the nation's leading biomedical research organizations and is a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Partners HealthCare is a non-profit organization.
About the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
Established in 1972, the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers ("the League") is the statewide association representing and serving the needs of the state's 49 community health centers through grassroots advocacy; technical assistance with state and federal health regulatory and policy issues; promotion and management of clinical quality initiatives; training and education for administrators, clinicians and board members; help with health center technology development; and work with local health advocacy organizations seeking to open health centers in their communities. The League also serves as an information source on community-based health care to policymakers, opinion leaders and the media.
Melia Swift | on behalf of Neighborhood Health Plan | 617.933.5272
Rich Copp | Partners HealthCare | 617.278.1031
Kerin O'Toole | Mass. League of Community Health Centers | 617.988.2241