Community Health Centers
On a desk sits a stack of papers that document recent requests made of the community health centers' emergency special needs fund. Here are just a few:
"…homeless man needs topical medicine to treat an infection…"
"…working father of four needs to replace broken eyeglasses to keep his job…"
"…depressed teen has no food and no one at home…"
These remind us what overwhelming situations some of our patients face every day. Knowing that we can make a difference in our patients' lives is what keeps the staffs of the seven BIDMC-affiliated health centers going, despite ever-changing state Medicaid budgets and other funding uncertainties.
Being a community health center means truly caring for our communities as clinicians, health educators, interpreters, social workers and case managers, public health specialists, community partners, diversity advocates, meeting places for neighbors, and good employers. Without this multi-faceted approach, we would simply be medical practices with limited influence on the long-term health of our communities.
Serving those who need us the most is the legacy of BIDMC's founders and we pledge to continue that legacy.