Community Based Programs & Health Education

Under Community Based Programs and Health Education, we address a number of public health issues including Substance and Alcohol abuse in Youth & Young Adults, HIV and Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Geriatric Mental Health issues, Domestic Violence, Youth and Community Violence and Behavioral issues in School Age Children and Teens. Neponset Health Center and Geiger Gibson Community Health Center provide behavioral health counseling services to Public and Private Schools in the Metro Boston area and the South Shore. Our clinical staff developed age appropriate Health Education Curricula covering several subjects including Nutrition Education, Human Development, Sex Education, HIV and Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Substance Abuse Prevention and Education, Alcohol Abuse Prevention, Bullying, Dating Violence and The Effects of Domestic Violence in Children and Teens.There are currently a number of grant funded projects which, in collaboration and active participation by community members, are staffed by professionals from the Geiger Gibson Community and Neponset Health Centers.

Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition

The Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition (DSAC) is a grass roots organization dedicated to preventing, reducing and eliminating substance use and abuse among youth in the community. DSAC brings together members of the community to address the risk factors leading to substance use and abuse, and educate parents and others about prevention and treatment. Click here to download our brochure.

DSAC members include youth, parents, organizations and individuals from all sectors of the community, including the Mayor’s Office-City of Boston, the Boston Police Department-Area C 11, the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Public Schools and local businesses.

For more information, call the the DSAC Hotline at  617-533-2234.

Underage Drinking Project

For more information regarding the Underage Drinking project call the Youth Services Hotline at 617-533-2228.

HIV Program

Harbor Health Services specializes in providing primary and dental care to patients living with HIV/AIDS.

HIV services provided at Geiger Gibson Community Health Center and Neponset Health Center include Free and Anonymous HIV testing, available to patients and non patients of the health centers. For more information regarding Harbor Health’s HIV program, visit our web site or call either the Community Programs department at 617-533-2213 or the HIV Hotline at 617-533-2236.

Domestic Violence

All Harbor Health Community Health Center divisions provide free and confidential services to domestic and dating violence survivors and their families. Neponset Health Center and Geiger Gibson Community Health Center in collaboration with the Center for Community Health Education, Research and Service Inc. (CCHERS) provide crisis intervention, safety and assessment planning, advocacy, referrals to housing and shelters, accompanies clients to court, support and referral to behavioral health, social services, housing and shelters.

The CCHERS family advocates run support groups in the health centers and the community. The Geiger Gibson Community Health Center-Family Advocate has an active role in the Boston Public School System providing health education classes to Teens regarding Dating Violence, Bullying, and Violence and the Media. Mid Upper Cape Community Health Center provides clients with support and referrals to Independence House, a comprehensive agency in Cape Cod providing full range of services to survivors of sexual and domestic violence and their children.

For more information call the health centers directly:

  • Geiger Gibson Community Health Center at 617-288-1140-ask to speak with the Family Advocate
  • Mid Upper Cape Community Health Center at 508-778-0300-ask to speak with the Social Worker
  • Neponset Health Center at 617-282-3200-ask to speak with the Family Advocate

Youth Violence Prevention Project

The Youth Violence Prevention Project is a joined effort by Neponset Health Center and St. Mark’s Area Main Streets to address and prevent youth violence at the St. Mark’s Area Main Street district. Through generous funding provided by Tufts Medical Center, the project provides for the development of a Youth Peer Leadership program, a Life Skills and Youth Empowerment module and the creation of a Youth Council where youth gets a chance to discuss the issue of violence in the community with local business owners, and law enforcement officials.

For more information regarding the Youth Violence Prevention Project call the Youth Services Hotline at 617-533-2228.

Health Education Speakers Bureau

Harbor Health providers are available to present on health and social issues, nutrition and health care coverage to most community settings including schools, civic and faith based organizations, and the commercial sector. Topics can be customized to fit the specific needs of the audience. If you have a subject in mind but it is not included in the list below, we urge you to call us. We have been in the community for over 40 years and our network of providers and health organizations are truly endless, so is our Speaker’s Bureau. The Health Education Speakers Bureau is offered free of charge.

Topics include: Medication Adherence, Immunizations-Focus on the high risk patient, Chronic Disease Management; Diabetes, Cholesterol, Pediatric Asthma, Hypertension, Cardiovascular Health, HIV & Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Women’s Health, Depression, Stress Management, Substance Abuse, Teen Dating Violence, Violence and the Media, Bullying, Nutrition, Health Care Coverage Under the New Health Care Law.

For more information regarding the Health Education Speaker’s Bureau, call the Director of Marketing at 617-533-2212 or email

Community Based Health Screenings

Harbor Health Services, Inc. participates in numerous venues every year providing free health screenings including Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Cholesterol, HIV and dental hygiene assessments.

For more information or request a health screening at your next event call the Director of Marketing at 617-533-2212 or email

Breast Health Program of Harbor Health Services, Inc.

This program has been designed to reach under served women and expand mammography screenings at each community health center site including the Geiger Gibson Community Health Center, the Neponset Health Center and the Mid Upper Cape Community Health Center. Bilingual Patient Navigation services are available to all participants requiring annual mammography screenings.
The Mammography Van is scheduled to be the Neponset Health Center on December 22nd 2010, February 24th 2011, April 28th 2011 and June 30th 2011 from the hours of 8:00 AM-3:330 PM.
This project is in partnership with The Avon Foundation, The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute – Mammography Van.

For additional information contact the Project Director at 617-282-3200 extension 3142.

*Disclaimer: Please do not use these email addresses to send information of a sensitive and private nature such as patient related information. Your private health information (PHI) is confidential and should only be discussed with your physician.