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July 24, 2013

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Greater Lawrence Family Health Center receives HHS funding

LAWRENCE — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center is a recipient of a $225,000 grant for the agency’s Affordable Care Act Teaching Health Center (THC) Graduate Medical Education (GME) Payment Program.

The program assists organizations in increasing the number of primary care residents and dentists trained in community-based ambulatory patient care settings. The current supply of the primary care workforces is insufficient to meet the health needs of the U.S. population, and this program intends to alleviate some of that concern.

“Using federal funds to partner with local communities to create jobs and address public needs puts us on a solid path to help strengthen our economy,” said Congresswoman Niki Tsongas.

“The significant return on this investment will have ongoing reverberations – with this money this important community institution will be able to expand their staff and at the same time, they will be aiding the health of our communities. This is a big win for the well-being of residents, as well as for our local economy.”

“Since the inception of LFMR in 1994, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC) has been a leader in training the ‘Physicians of Tomorrow’. The innovative Teaching Health Center initiative is now a model for community medicine education throughout the country. We are encouraged by the support, and hope the federal government continues to support such initiatives into the future,” said Dr. Joseph W. Gravel, Jr., Chief Medical Officer and Residency Director for the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center and Lawrence Family Medicine Residency.

Lawrence agency receives $121K grant

The Greater Lawrence Community Action Council has been awarded a $121,000 grant from Massachusetts Health Connector to help consumers understand new coverage options available as a result of the Affordable Care Act and find the most affordable coverage that meets their needs.

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