Welcome to Harbor Health Services, Inc.
Harbor Health Services, Inc.is a nonprofit, public health agency committed to providing quality, comprehensive health care in urban Boston neighborhoods, the South Shore and Cape Cod communities. We provide a wide network of healthcare services to meet the needs of our patients.
Harbor Health owns and operates four community health centers: Geiger Gibson Community Health Center, Harbor Community Health Center-Hyannis, Harbor Community Health Center-Plymouth and Neponset Health Center. These health centers are Health Center Program grantees under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n). In addition, Harbor Health administers the Elder Service Plan, a program providing care to frail elders in their place of residence, the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program of Dorchester South and the Ellen Jones Community Dental Center.
Combined, Harbor Health’s community health centers are the Medical Home for more than 26,000 patients and the “family dentist” to an additional 10,000 patients. The Elder Service Plan cares for more than 300 members and Women Infant Children Nutrition Program serves more than 3000 women and their children.
Become a Health Center Advocate
A message from the Campaign for America’s Health Centers:
“After more than 15 years of dramatic growth, America’s Health Centers are the now largest network of primary care providers in the nation. Health centers today serve more than 24 million patients and are supported by nearly 200,000 staff and board members. The work of the Health Center Advocacy Network has been a major reason for the past growth of health centers but we now need to GROW even more to keep pace with this inspiring movement!
At 80,000 advocates, we are within reach of a major milestone for the Health Center Advocacy Network and we need your help to increase he number of advocates to 100, 000 over the next 100 days! Join the Movement: http://p2a.co/o3fIsZd
We want to work with Health Center Advocates, like YOU, to help us achieve our goal of reaching 100,000 advocates in our Health Center Advocacy Network. The 100K Advocates in 100 Days challenge officially kicks off on May 11th and will run through the end of August. Health Centers, Primary Care Associations, Health Center Controlled Networks, Partners and other supporters will need to kick their advocate recruiting efforts into high gear in order to meet our goal of 100,000 Health Center Advocates and make the advocacy voice for America’s Health Centers stronger than ever before.”
Nurse Care Manager Addresses Opioid Crisis in Massachusetts
Michelle Aceto, CARN, joined a panel of experts at the Boston City Council’s Committee on Homelessness, Mental Health & Recovery to discuss the current opioid crisis in Massachusetts. “As a society, I believe we have to look at this not only as something that affects others but all of us,” she explained to the Committee. Aceto was joined by John McGahan, President and CEO of the Gavin Foundation, and Maryanne Frangules, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR) during the panel discussion.
Lack of funding, training for providers and the negative stigma associated with opioid abuse were cited as key barriers for success in addressing the overall problem. “If we have a diabetic come into our office, we don’t kick them out if they have high blood sugar. We don’t call them dirty, and we don’t call them clean. And we don’t call them food addicts, and that’s what we are doing to our patients.” At Harbor Health, Aceto is conducting monthly provider education meetings on substance abuse treatment. The meetings also include the SCOPE of Pain Training, which was developed by the Boston University School of Medicine, for health care providers to become more knowledgeable of and comfortable with safe opioid prescribing.
Aceto oversees the Wellness Program, which is an Office Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT) using Suboxone and Vivitrol program at Harbor Health Services, Inc. The comprehensive program is nurse managed and works closely with Medical Providers, Behavioral Health Providers and Case Managers to ensure continuity of care. For patients interested in the program, please call the Wellness Team Hotline at 508- 778-5469.
Watch the City Council Committee on Homelessness, Mental Health & Recovery Panel (Michelle at 1:56):
What If I Miss The Open Enrollment Deadline?
- You can enroll in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) any time of year.
- You may be eligible to apply with a Special Enrollment Period. See if you qualify.
- Our community health centers in Boston, Plymouth and Hyannis offer free financial counseling and enrollment assistance. Call or visit one of our locations and ask to speak with one of our Certified Application Counselors. Together, we can find an affordable insurance option for you and your family! Also, Visit our Health Insurance Marketplace page for helpful resources!