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Neighborhood Health Center gets $7.7 million state grant

Neighborhood Health Center, a Buffalo-based community clinic for lower-income individuals and families, received $7.7 million from the state this week for capital improvements to its facilities.

The award to the federally qualified health center is part of more than $187 million in funding doled out for 25 capital projects through the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program, designed to improve patient care by developing high-quality medical facilities and programs to serve inpatient, primary care, mental health, substance abuse disorder and long-term care needs. The former Northwest Buffalo Community Health Care Center was one of two Western New York facilities to be funded in the current round.

The money will be used for facility improvements and expansion of Neighborhood Health's Mattina office at 300 Niagara St., to expand access to primary, dental and behavioral health services. Neighborhood Health serves 26,000 Western New Yorkers.

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