May 2022 – Last month, Lawrence Mayor Brian A. DePeña joined U.S. Representative Lori Trahan (MA-3), the Lawrence State delegation, Lawrence City Council members, and leaders of the GLFHC to announce $2 million in federal funding secured by Trahan to expand primary health care services available to patients at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC) located at 700 Essex Street in Lawrence.
“Before the pandemic, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center provided essential care that kept our community healthy and safe – but during the pandemic, it literally became a lifeline,” said MP Trahan. “It’s hard to overstate how essential the organization has been to the families of Lawrence, Methuen and Haverhill. That’s why I’m so proud to have secured $2 million in federal funds for the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, which will support expanded health services and strengthened care at its Essex Street facility. I will always be a strong supporter of the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center and health centers like this that provide essential care to our most vulnerable neighbors.
GLFHC provides high quality health services to traditionally low-income, non-English speaking individuals and families in Lawrence, Methuen and Haverhill. The facilities have played a key role in the fight against COVID-19, first in testing for the virus and treating COVID-positive patients, and now in vaccination efforts. The health center has received nearly $11 million in COVID-19 relief funding, including $8.5 million awarded as part of the U.S. bailout.
“I want to thank Congresswoman Trahan for her great commitment and leadership. If I can describe Lori in two words it would be: support and resources as she continues to lead and fight for our communities from Washington,” said Mayor Brian DePeña. “Our population is growing rapidly and so are our needs. Bringing resources to our community to expand our healthcare services is not only smart but essential in disadvantaged communities.
Increasing resources means increasing hope for our people. Let’s keep it up!”
The GLFHC currently operates 7 health centers in Lawrence, Methuen and Haverhill and has identified the need to expand services in the town of Lawrence. The Essex Street facility serves over 8,000 patients, offering primary care services, opioid treatment, education and prevention services, behavioral health services, family pharmacy services, and more. The patient population and demand in the region is growing, and the size of the facility must follow.
“I am extremely grateful for Congresswoman Lori Trahan’s leadership in securing $2 million in federal funding for the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center,” said state Rep. Frank Moran. “This essential funding will allow the health center to continue its mission of improving and maintaining the health of all individuals and families in the Merrimack Valley and I would like to thank MP Trahan for her continued commitment to the residents of Lawrence. and beyond.
Recognizing this need, Trahan secured $2 million in funding during negotiations on the recently passed government funding package to create 4,000 square feet of new clinical space at its Essex Street facility, carry out necessary renovations to the existing space and updating medical equipment to expand patient and pharmacy access in one of its busiest clinical sites. In addition to patient benefits, the renovations and upgrades will create 20 new jobs in the first year after construction is completed.
“The Greater Lawrence Family Health Center is very grateful to Congresswoman Lori Trahan for her selfless commitment to the staff and patients of our health center,” said Greater Lawrence Family Health Center CEO and President Guy Fish. “This extraordinary funding will be transformational and allow us to expand one of our busiest sites in the City of Lawrence – expanding patient access to an additional 4,000 medically underserved patients in need of health care. quality.”
“Securing this funding for the GLFHC means that thousands of families in Lawrence will receive lifesaving care that would otherwise be unobtainable,” said State Representative Marcos Devers. “When my family immigrated to Lawrence in 1987, we used the services of the GLFHC. So I’m proud to say that this project will further establish Lawrence as a regional leader in affordable care. »
“When faced with a challenge, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center doubles down and finds a solution,” said state Rep. Christina Minicucci. “During Covid they took over a vacant retail space and quickly turned it into a vaccination center for the town and the entire Merrimack Valley. With this $2 million investment, they will be able to transform it once again, this time into a new medical space allowing them to provide expanded health and wellness services to our community.
The health center was also an early participant in President Biden’s Community Health Center immunization program and has administered more than 30,000 vaccines since December 2020. Additionally, as the first teaching health center Established in United States history, the GLFHC continues to play an instrumental role in the education of healthcare professionals. that will continue to serve vulnerable communities.