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Grants Awarded to Community Health Connections

Grants Awarded to Community Health Connections$348,000
 
Improving Dental Care (2018)$100,000
Improving Access to Primary Medical Care (2014)$100,000
Pharmacy Program Development (2011)$99,000
Fitchburg High School, School-Based Health Center (2010)$49,000
 
Year:2018Amount: $100,000
Title:Improving Dental Care
Grant Type: Activation Fund
Community Health Connections is creating an in-house dental prosthetics laboratory to increase access and training opportunities in the Fitchburg area.

Project Director: Ms. Jackie Buckley
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Year:2014Amount: $100,000
Title:Improving Access to Primary Medical Care
Grant Type: Activation Fund
Community Health Connections (CHC) is building a new model of care delivery that will include physicians and mid-level practitioners (nurse practitioners and physician assistants) working at the top of their licenses. This model allows for staffing flexibility and operational efficiency while maintaining quality of care. CHC plans to recruit four additional physicians and nine to 12 mid-level providers. This grant will be used to offset some of the costs associated with recruiting these new providers. CHC is the only non-profit, federally-qualified health center organization in North Central Massachusetts and serves the most vulnerable population throughout the region, providing a coordinated, comprehensive approach to care including dental, behavioral health and primary care services.

Project Director: Ms. Jacqueline W. Buckley
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Year:2011Amount: $99,000
Title:Pharmacy Program Development
Grant Type: Activation Fund
Community Health Connections (CHC) is planning to develop a pharmacy at their Leominster Health Center site. The pharmacy would be similar to the one CHC is currently operating at their Fitchburg Community Health Center (a 340B pharmacy program which has been operating since 2005). CHC anticipates that the pharmacy in Leominster will fill more than 16,500 prescriptions annually once it is fully operational. The addition of pharmacy services in Leominster will reduce barriers to filling prescriptions and increase medication compliance among the patients.

Project Director: Ms. Sharon Cormier
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Year:2010Amount: $49,000
Title:Fitchburg High School, School-Based Health Center
Grant Type: Activation Fund
Community Health Connections Family Health Center (CHCFHC) will provide funding for a part-time nurse practitioner or physician assistant to staff the new school-based health center at Fitchburg High School. CHCFHC plans to work with local partners including the Minority Coalition to ensure the development of culturally appropriate materials, Montachusett Opportunity Council to provide education on nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices; and HealthAlliance Hospital for lab work and to serve as the primary inpatient referral center.

Project Director: Dawn Casavant
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