Roxbury’s Whittier Street Health Center gets $9.5M federal grant- Boston Business Journal

Whittier Street Health Center has been awarded $9.5 million in grants from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.

The funding will help the Roxbury health center to provide health care to patients in the Roxbury and North Dorchester neighborhoods who had been served by the Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center — known as RoxComp — which was put in receivership last April after coming under scrutiny from regulators for unsafe patient care and poor management.

The grants will be distributed in $1.9 million increments every year for five years, with the possibility to receive more at the end of that time.

Before it closed, the Roxbury Comprehensive Health Center in Roxbury had served 8,180 patients from Roxbury, North Dorchester and other parts of Boston.

Whittier has enrolled some of those former RoxComp patients to its new state of the art community health center.

The $9.5 million will go toward wellness, primary care and public health services programs. The initiatives that are planned include community engagement forums, outreach and education, financial counseling and health insurance enrollment, transportation and support services.

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