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.
50th Anniversary of the Community Health Center Movement
Delta Health Center and Harbor Health Services, Inc. (Geiger Gibson Community Health Center)
This year, 2015, marks the 50th anniversary of the nation’s community health center movement. At a civil rights meeting in Greenville, MS on December 11, 1964, Jack Geiger and Count Gibson, two young physicians from the Harbor School of Public Health and Tufts Medical School respectively, proposed a new model for providing comprehensive primary care in underserved areas, the neighborhood health center. In January 1965, Drs. Geiger and Gibson approached the Office of Economic Opportunity with a proposal for two such neighborhood health centers, an urban health center in the Columbia Point section of Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, and a rural health center in the town of Mound Bayou serving rural Bolivar County in Mississippi’s delta region.
On December 11, 1965, the urban model, Columbia Point Health Center (now known as the Geiger Gibson Community Health Center) opened in the Columbia Point housing project and began seeing patients. Following the opening, the rural model, Delta Health Center, opened in Mound Bayou after overcoming numerous political obstacles.
The nation has gone on to see a great expansion of both urban and rural centers, and the Community Health Center movement is now the nation’s largest network of primary care providers. There are over 1,270 community health centers serving 23 million people at 9,000 practice sites.
Geiger Gibson Community Health Center and Delta Health Center are proud to be the forerunners of this national movement of community centered comprehensive health care services, available to all regardless of ability to pay.
HHSI CEO Discusses History of CHC’s on CityLine
Daniel J. Driscoll, President and CEO of Harbor Health Services, Inc., joined James W. Hunt, Jr., on CityLine to discuss the history of Geiger Gibson Community Health Center in Dorchester, MA! Watch the video here.
When Can I Enroll in Health Insurance?
- The Open Enrollment Period for coverage starting in 2015 is November 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016.
- 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!