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The foundation of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is spending $5 million to help train doctors and nurses to work at community health centers across Massachusetts.

The donation from the Robert and Myra Kraft Family Foundation to Partners HealthCare follows a $20 million gift in 2011 that established a new center at Partners to train community health workers.

Community health centers, established 50 years ago, offer affordable medical services to people in neighborhoods with limited access to care. Partners and other health systems operate such clinics.

The Krafts have close ties to Partners. Kraft family members have received care at Partners hospitals, such as Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s, and also have served as members of the hospitals’ boards. Robert Kraft’s wife, Myra, received care at Brigham before she died of cancer in 2011.

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“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,” Kraft said in a statement Monday.

The new donation creates a permanent endowment to fund the Kraft Family National Center for Leadership and Training in Community Health. The center, housed at Partners, runs programs designed to recruit, train, and retain doctors and nurses at community health centers. It has trained 63 people since 2012.

Kraft also donated $20 million last week to create an endowment at Harvard Business School to fund research of precision medicine, in which doctors try to tailor medical treatments to an individual’s genetic and other information.


Priyanka Dayal McCluskey can be reached at priyanka.mccluskey@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @priyanka_dayal.