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Our Story

The Harbor Health Services Story spans over five decades. It is a story that did not only witness the community health center movement but defined it. It is the story of five distinct health/dental centers, a host of community programs, and two elder service plan locations working toward a shared belief that everyone has a right to affordable, high-quality health care in their community. What started as a small group of a few dedicated staff and a couple of thousand dollars in expenses and revenues has grown into a large, respected non-profit organization and national leader in healthcare. With a staff of nearly 600 people and a $70 million annual operating budget, Harbor Health serves dozens of urban neighborhoods in the Greater Boston area and rural and suburban communities on Cape Cod and the South Shore. We care for nearly 30,000 people 363 days a year. We have watched children in our pediatric departments grow up, have healthy families of their own, and return to our health centers for generations. This story, 50 years in the making, describes how Harbor Health contributed to some of the largest developments in the healthcare field and helped shape the community health center movement.