Today Governor Deval Patrick and Secretary of Workforce Development Rachel Kapreilian held a press conference at Lynn Community Health Center to announce the first grants from the new Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund. This is a state fund created as part of Chapter 224 mandating increased quality and reduced costs in healthcare. A collaboration between LCHC, Union Hospital, and SEIU1199 is one of 51 grantees that will develop projects to help train staff to meet the requirements of this act. Our project will be to develop a training to help front line staff best meet the needs of behavioral health patients with complex needs.
Pictured: Rep. Donald Wong, Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy, Dr. Richard Kalish of Lahey Clinic, Secretary Rachel Kapreilian, Governor Deval Patrick, Lori Abrams Berry of Lynn Community Health Center, Veronica Turner of 1199SEIU, and Rep. Robert Fennell.
Governor Patrick with LCHC Employee Denise Clark; LCHC Executive Director Lori Berry; LCHC Employees Emi Montoya and Lilia Bermudez; Rep. Robert Fennell; and Veronica Turner of 1199SEIU.
Speakers Governor Deval Patrick; Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rachel Kapreilian; LCHC Executive Director Lori Abrams Berry; 1199SEIU Executive Vice President Veronica Turner; and Richard Kalish, MD, Chair of the Division of Primary Care at Lahey Hosptial (a fellow grantee).
Pictured (left) Governor Patrick with LCHC employee Sandra Lopez; (center) Governor Patrick listens to the speakers; (right) Governor Patrick and Lori Berry