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GW: Milken Institute SPH Receives $1.1 Million Grant to Study Economics of Community Health Centers

The George Washington University (GW) Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) announced a $1.1 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to analyze the economic costs and sustainability of community health centers.

The four-year grant will fund the first effort to assess the financial health of the nation’s community health centers by estimating the economic cost of the services the centers provide. Dr. Avi Dor, a professor of health policy and management at Milken Institute SPH, is the principal investigator of the project. Dr. Dor, an expert in health economics, will use an econometric approach to generate and analyze the data.

“The nation’s more than 1,300 community health centers play an essential role in the U.S. health care system by delivering primary care to a medically underserved population of approximately 26 million, regardless of patients’ ability to pay,” said Dr. Dor. “The long-term viability of our community health centers is dependent upon their sustained financial health.”

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