Daughters of Charity Health Centers announced it received a $550,000 grant from United Health Foundation.

The grant will support DCHC’s Patient-Centered Medical Home Model and Neighborhood Health Partnership program at its Bywater Health Center, 1030 Lesseps St.

United Health Foundation awarded the grant during a community event at the site in New Orleans’ 9th Ward. The foundation has given nearly $7 million in grants to Daughters of Charity Health Centers since 2006.

Daughters of Charity Health Centers’ Patient-Centered Medical Home Model, which involves a team of health professionals including physicians, nurse care managers, behavioral health managers and case managers, provides an elevated level of care to residents in the area who face health and social challenges. The model re-establishes the important patient-physician relationship by having patients receive long-term coordinated and comprehensive care from a primary care physician, or “medical home,” instead of episodic care from various specialists who are less familiar with their medical history. The Neighborhood Health Partnership is an outreach program that provides health screenings and education and directs people to Daughters of Charity Health Centers for primary and preventive care.

Since 2003, United Health Foundation has committed nearly $40 million in funding to community health centers across the country.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to continue our long-standing relationship with Daughters of Charity to help ensure all people — regardless of income — have access to health and wellness services they need and deserve,” said Glen Golemi, CEO of UnitedHealthcare’s Gulf States Region, on behalf of United Health Foundation.

The Daughters of Charity has provided access to high-quality, compassionate health care to greater New Orleans residents since 1834. The organization also had health care centers in Uptown, Metairie and New Orleans East, offering primary and preventive health services to all — with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. Optometry, dental, behavioral/mental health, prenatal care, pediatric care, pharmacy and WIC services are also available.

United Health Foundation supports activities that expand access to quality health care services for those in challenging circumstances and partners with others to improve the well-being of communities. It was established by UnitedHealth Group in 1999 as a not-for-profit, private foundation,

The Bywater clinic is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. For information, call (504) 941-6041 or visit www.dcsno.org.