New Health Center Opens In Roxbury
A $35 million community-based health center built in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood is being hailed as a model for delivering quality health care to underserved urban areas.
The new Whittier Street Health Center will be dedicated on Monday. The six-story center has been described as a "one-stop" center for health care and social services, offering everything from cancer screening to dental care to violence prevention programs.
Gov. Deval Patrick says community health centers like Whittier are critical to the state's twin goals of providing universal care while reducing costs.
Center officials say 60 percent of their patients live below the poverty level and fewer than one in four have private insurance.
Construction was enabled by part of the $80 million in federal stimulus funds for eight community health centers around Massachusetts.
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