Yesterday we awarded the second round of grants to health centers across the state as part of the Partnership for Community Health. Together with the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and Neighborhood Health Plan, Partners HealthCare is distributing $6 million to 35 community health centers in this round to support excellence and innovation in patient care and the adoption of new technologies.
Building upon grants awarded in the first round, the Partnership has now awarded more than $10 million to Massachusetts health centers in just two years.
In this round, 14 grants will be distributed among the 35 community health centers to support a range of individual and collaborative projects. Putting technology to use in innovative ways, Fenway Community Health Center in Boston will use the funds to implement a process to collect electronic patient-reported outcomes using iPads, which has the potential to capture additional information from patients. Greater Lawrence Family Health Center plans to use patient ambassadors to launch a patient portal.
This year, we also wanted to foster a spirit of collaboration among health centers and help provide a catalyst for regional solutions to health care’s toughest challenges. A group of Boston-area health centers, led by Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center in Allston, will develop a central data repository to better manage quality trends, costs and performance benchmarks.
Similarly, a group of health centers in Brockton, Cape Cod and New Bedford will work together to improve patient satisfaction and patient visits to the doctors by revamping phone systems.
These grants serve as an important catalyst for change, helping health centers build upon their tradition of innovation as they work to bring high-quality care to their patients, closer to home.
Pictured above at Fenway Community Health Center (left to right): James W. Hunt, President and CEO, Mass. League of Community Health Centers; Deb Enos, President and CEO, Neighborhood Health Plan; Gary Gottlieb, MD, President and CEO, Partners HealthCare; Stephen Boswell, MD, CEO, Fenway Community Health Center; Felix Arroyo, Chief of Health and Human Services, City of Boston; Matt Fishman, Chair, Neighborhood Health Plan Board of Directors