In 2007, a $5M grant from Bank of America launched a loan repayment program for primary care physicians and nurse practitioners who commit to working at a community health center. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts provided $2.55M to support the program. Neighborhood Health Plan and the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts have also provided key support. Partners Healthcare committed more than $1.25M to this effort.
Through the end of 2010, 113 providers had participated in the program, providing care to an estimated 200,000 people.
In early 2011, the Kraft Family announced a $20M gift to support Partners in its goal of ensuring that underserved patients have access to high quality care in their communities. The Kraft Family National Center for Leadership and Training in Community Health will improve access to the neediest people in our communities – not only in Massachusetts but throughout New England and across the United States.