Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 21, 2013
Whittier Street Health Center (Whittier) in Boston has been awarded a $9.5 million grant, $1.9 million distributed annually over the next five years, by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to provide health care services to patients formerly served by the Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center (RoxComp). The grant will assist Whittier in engaging former RoxComp patients and families in the Roxbury-North Dorchester service area to ensure that they have equitable access to high quality health care and support services.
The Roxbury Comprehensive Health Center in Roxbury closed in February 2013 and served 8,180 patients from Roxbury, North Dorchester and other parts of Boston. To date, Whittier has already enrolled a significant number of former RoxComp patients to its new state of the art community health center. The HRSA grant will assist Whittier in developing more programs that connect patients to a full continuum of wellness, primary care and public health services. The programs will include community engagement forums, outreach and education, financial counseling and health insurance enrollment, transportation and support services.
“Whittier takes great pride in providing optimal care to members of the community, especially those in underserved, at risk, minority communities,” said Frederica M. Williams, President and CEO of Whittier Street Health Center. “The HRSA grant will allow Whittier to provide the former Roxbury Comprehensive Health Center patients with high quality, comprehensive and compassionate health care. We enthusiastically look forward to serving them and welcoming them to the Whittier family.”
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is the primary federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. HRSA grantees provide health care to uninsured people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and pregnant women, mothers and children. They train health professionals and improve systems of care in rural and urban communities.
About Whittier Street Health Center
Whittier Street Health Center (http://www.wshc.org) is a Joint Commission accredited, private, non-profit, independently licensed community health center dedicated to providing high quality, reliable and accessible primary health care and support services for diverse populations to promote wellness and eliminate health and social disparities. Serving more than 25,000 clients with approximately 100,000 clinic visits and 20,000 community outreach visits annually, Whittier has a patient base which is ethnically and racially diverse and includes significant numbers of individuals from Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, the South End and Greater Boston. Whittier provides a comprehensive array of 40 healthcare programs and services designed to meet the primary health care, behavioral health, and social needs of the community. For more information, visit: http://www.wshc.org.