Partners HealthCare in Boston has announced a $5 million gift from the Robert and Myra Kraft Family Foundation to endow a center that will recruit, train, and work to retain future leaders in the community health center system.
The gift — the largest private gift ever made in support of Massachusetts' network of community health centers — will permanently endow a fund at Partners' Kraft Family National Center for Leadership and Training in Community Health. The center, which was founded in 2011 through an initial gift from the Kraft family of $15 million, works to develop community-health leaders by developing sustainable career paths for young mission-driven physicians and nurses. Through its relationship with the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Harvard School of Public Health, the center has created two training programs that blend community health center practice with formal and informal curriculum, mentorship, and engagement in a peer community.
"The increasingly critical role of community health centers in our nation’s healthcare system and the success of the center in training community-based health care leaders have convinced us of the importance of continuing the center in perpetuity," said Robert Kraft, founder, chairman, and CEO of the Kraft Group. "Our belief is that every person should have access to the same life-saving, life-changing care that our family has been lucky enough to receive at Brigham and Women's, Mass General, and other world-class medical institutions in New England. We believe the center will help make that a reality."