Boston: BPHC Announces Recipients of 2023 COVID-19 Community Health Equity Response Grants

BOSTON ~ The City of Boston is investing in the health and well-being of its residents with the 2023 COVID-19 Community Health Equity Response Grant. Seven community health centers have been chosen to receive a total of $1.4 million in funding to support their efforts to re-engage community members and patients into the health care system who were affected by delays in care and temporary shutdowns in services due to the pandemic.

Mayor Michelle Wu expressed her support for the grant, saying, "Health and safety is the bedrock of thriving communities. These investments will empower community health centers across the City to continue connecting residents with the care and services that they need right in their neighborhoods."

Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Commissioner of Public Health and Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission, added, "Community health centers are a key ally in our mission to improve health equity across Boston. Expanding the services and capacity of our community health center partners is paramount as we continue to work towards an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. These investments in our community health centers is a clear statement on how our city prioritizes health equity and access to care."

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The seven recipients are Boston Medical Center, Greater Roslindale Medical Dental Center, Dorchester House Health, Charles River Community Health Center, Harbor Health Geiger Gibson Community Health Center and Daniel Driscoll – Neponset Health Center, Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center, Uphams Corner Community Health Center, and Whittier Street Health Center. Each recipient was chosen because they actively work to improve access to prevention, intervention, and response strategies that reduce health inequities through the services they provide within their respective communities.

Dr. Cyril Ubiem from Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center said "As we continue to engage our patients it's crucial to strengthen the service and resources offered to our patient population. The COVID-19 Community Health Equity Response grant is essential to ensure sustainable and ongoing services."

Michelle Nadow from DotHouse Health also expressed her gratitude for being chosen as a recipient saying "We are honored to continue our longstanding partnership with the City and Commission in supporting the health and well-being of all City's residents." Courtney Urick from Greater Roslindale Medical & Dental Center added "We are grateful for this grant which will greatly help us in revitalizing our efforts to care for those experiencing negative health outcomes as a result [of COVID-19]."

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The grantees will work with BPHC's Director of Equitable & Strategic Initiatives Bureau of Infectious Disease & Office of Public Health Preparedness on developing coordinated approaches & response models that address unique healthcare inequities that disproportionately harm communities of color & other historically marginalized groups.

This investment by The City of Boston demonstrates its commitment towards improving access & quality healthcare for all its citizens during these difficult times caused by COVID-19 pandemic.

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