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Whittier Street Health Center receives $1.9 million federal grant to support patients from closed Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center

8/9/2013, 6 a.m.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently awarded the Whittier Street Health Center a $1.9 million grant to provide health-care services to patients formerly served by the Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center (RoxComp).

RoxComp, which closed in February 2013, 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 HRSA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is the primary federal agency responsible 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. HRSA trains health professionals and improves systems of care in rural and urban communities.