For Immediate Release - October 26, 2011

GOVERNOR PATRICK CELEBRATES GROUNDBREAKING OF CODMAN SQUARE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER AND CODMAN ACADEMY EXPANSION

$8 million in Recovery Act funding will create jobs and support the greater Dorchester community

Codman Square Community Health Cente
 

Governor Patrick joins state and local officials to break ground on the Codman Square Community Health Center expansion project. (Photo: Matt Bennett/Governor's Office)

BOSTON -- Wednesday, October 26, 2011 -- Governor Deval Patrick today joined health care professionals and community leaders at the Codman Square Community Health Center (CSHS) in Dorchester to break ground on the expansion of the health center and its partner charter school, Codman Academy. The Center was awarded nearly $8 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding from President Obama's Administration to support its expansion, which will create more than 80 construction jobs and close to 30 additional full time health center positions.

“Massachusetts is a national leader in health care and education, thanks to innovative organizations like Codman Square Community Health Center and Codman Academy,” said Governor Patrick. “Working in partnership with President Obama's Administration, together we secured the resources to bring new jobs and expanded health care opportunities to the area.”

The funding will be used to build a 34,000 square foot green expansion to CSHS's main building that will allow for expanded clinical programs and additional space for educational and social programs, as well as allow Codman Academy to increase its internship program with the health center. As a result of this expansion, Codman Square will be able to reach 133,000 annual visits, with 22 additional exam rooms. The expanded facility will further accommodate the Group Preventative Health Services and Codman Square’s Primary Care for the Medical Home model.

“This investment creates jobs and helps the Codman Square Health Center expand access to high quality health care for the community,” said Senator John Kerry.

“Federal stimulus funds will help the Codman Square Health Center expand its existing facility, serving more patients, creating space for additional programming and creating jobs,” said Congressman Mike Capuano, co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Community Health Centers Caucus. “This center is a valuable resource in the community, providing necessary health care services, educational resources and serving as an example of the important role that community health centers play in the fabric of our health care system.” 

“The role that community health centers play, particularly for the most vulnerable residents, cannot be underestimated,” said Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary JudyAnn Bigby. “Whether it’s delivering high quality medical care, helping youth become advocates for smoke-free communities or educating the next generation, Codman Square is empowering residents to manage their health more effectively and stay healthier longer.”

“The Codman Square Health Center is a vital institution in the City of Boston and has been at the forefront of creating innovative programs and services that not only provide excellent clinical care, but also prevent illness and promote health,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “We are pleased that the federal government has recognized Codman Square as the anchor it is in Dorchester by allocating stimulus funds that will allow it to grow and expand services in this community."

“Codman Square Health Center has been a pioneer in the field of community health care offering clinical, educational and social programs to the Dorchester community since 1979,” said Senator Jack Hart. “CSHC has been so successful in its model of offering quality low cost community based health care that it has been replicated across the nation. I applaud the efforts of the CSHC as this expansion will allow it to better serve the Dorchester community.”

“The Codman Square Health Center’s comprehensive approach, mixing preventive education and cost-effective health care, is a perfect example of why our community health centers are on the front-line of controlling health care costs statewide,” said Representative Linda Dorcena Forry. “This new facility for the Codman Square Health and Education Center will create jobs and ensure Dorchester residents continue to have access to high quality affordable health care right in our community.”

"This project represents the collaborative spirit of the Codman Square community," said Codman Square Community Health Center CEO Sandra Cotterell. "The new building will be a great addition to the neighborhood and will allow us to expand medical, educational and community services in a part of Boston where the need is greatest. This could not have become a reality without the support of our Congressional Delegation, Governor Patrick, Secretary Bigby, the mayor and many others - and for that we are truly grateful.”

“Once again, Dorchester is leading the way with the amazing work that the Codman Square Health Center carries out every day," said City Councilor Maureen Feeney. “No place could be more worthy of these federal dollars or put them to better use.”

“The entire community is thrilled with the investment in the health and education of our city," said City Councilor Charles C. Yancey.

This expansion will also allow the further development of the partnership between Codman Square Community Health Center and the Codman Academy Foundation, which supports the Codman Academy Charter School and will allow for more internships for Codman Academy students in the Health Center and training for students to be “Health Ambassadors” to their families and communities.

Codman Academy Charter School received its charter from the Massachusetts Department of Education on February 27, 2001 and opened on the site of its partner, the Codman Square Health Center, in September 2001. The Codman Square Health Center - Codman Academy partnership, the only one of its kind in the country, addresses the mental and physical needs of Codman’s students in a holistic fashion. Codman’s students have access to the medical, dental and mental services of the health center and the Academy’s full time social worker is supervised by health center staff. The school and the health center have initiated a student internship program which educates Codman Academy students to become health care advocates for their families and communities and introduces them to career possibilities in the health care field.

Codman Square Community Health Center opened its doors in 1974 as the result of the work of community activists who embarked on a radical, new definition of health in a neighborhood of Boston facing significant problems of poverty and neglect. Rather than addressing disease or lack of quality education or crime as isolated problems, CSHC took a comprehensive and holistic approach – that of promoting a culture of health. Over the past 30 years, CSHC has developed a model of community transformation, extending the traditional approach to health care into a personal and community re-development strategy. The model integrates clinical care, public health service, community programs and pro-active community planning grounded in a fundamental belief in social justice.

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