East Boston Neighborhood Health Center receives $175,000
Representatives of East Boston Neighborhood Health Center in East Boston, along with officials from the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced today a major funding grant for the local health center.
The $175,000 award will help treat and combat opioid abuse with integrated mental health services.
East Boston Neighborhood Health center, which provide high-quality primary care to the area, regardless of patients’ ability to pay, will use the funding to leverage health information technology and provide training in this crucial medical area.
“Today is a great example of the federal government, through your taxpaying dollars, making a big difference and working for the community. We will use these funds for more treatment, prevention and awareness in the fight against addiction”, explained Manny Lopes, CEO of East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.
Jeffrey Beard, HRSA Regional Administrator joined Lopes during the press conference and shared his views on the work east Boston Neighborhood Health Center does.
“This health center is the epitome of what health care should be. Everyone in this building cares about one thing; the patients. That’s what it’s all about”, added Beard.
The vast amount of the funding will go to the center’s Medication Assisted Pathway program (MAP). which is a treatment plan for opioid dependence (addiction to opioid drugs, including heroin and narcotic painkillers).
In this program, physicians and behavioral health providers work together to manage each patient’s care.
The press conference also featured testimonials from several East Boston Neighborhood Health Plan patients who shared their story of addiction and recovery, thanks to the MAP program.
“Without this place I wouldn‘t be here today, it’s that simple”, explained Jim, a recovered addict who has been clean for over two years.
“I’ve been clean for three years and I really love this place. I lost a brother to this disease and I just appreciate everything they’ve done for me”, added Rosy, another recovery patient who’s energy and optimism was contagious.
The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) has been a vital part of the community for more than 45 years. They are the leading health care provider in the service area, and among the largest community health centers in the country.
During the past two decades, EBNHC has grown to care for more than 300,000 patient visits per year — more than any other ambulatory care center in New England.
EBNHC delivers 1,000 babies annually, and their Pediatrics Department cares for almost every child living in East Boston.