CHP recieves funds for capital improvements

March 16, 2018 : The Berkshire Eagle

GREAT BARRINGTON — Community Health Programs Inc. is one of 11 community health centers across the state that has received funding from MassDevelopment for capital improvements.

CHP received a $50,000 grant from MassDevelopment's Community Health Center Grant Program. This initiative offers grants of up to $50,000 to projects that range from installing updated electronic health records and HVAC equipment to launching dental practices and vision centers. The total amount of funding awarded by MassDevelopment was $525,502.

CHP will use the funding to add a dental practice to its medical facility in North Adams.

"Having medical and dental care in one location is not only convenient for patients, it can improve health outcomes through comprehensive care of the whole person," said CHP's CEO Lia Spiliotes. "This grant will allow CHP ro provide much-needed dental services, will improve the health of individuals in care and will continue to benefit our communities for years to come."

Founded in 1975, CHP's mission is to measurably improve the health of Berkshire County residents. It serves those who have limited access to health-care, including high risk populations such as low income and uninsured immigrants, migrants and seasonal workers; those who are homeless and residents of public housing.

Also receiving funding through the Community Health Center Grant Program were: Charles River Community Health Inc. in Boston; Community Healthlink Inc. in Worcester; Dimock Community Health Center Inc. in Roxbury; Duffy Health Canter in Hyannis; East Boston Neighborhood Health Corporation; Manet Community Health Center Inc. in Quincy; and Outer Cape Health Services in Harwich.

South End Community Health Center Inc. in Boston; Stanley Street Treatment & Resources Inc. in Fall River and Upham;s Corner Health Committee Inc. in Dorchester were the other recipients.