Harbor Health Services Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit public health agency with a mission to help individuals achieve their full potential through access to local, affordable services that promote health. Harbor provides medical, behavioral health, dental, and support services to more than 30,000 patients in Boston, the South Shore, and Cape Cod.
Harbor Health operates five community health centers:
- Geiger Gibson Community Health Center – the first community health center in the U.S. founded in 1965!
- Daniel Driscoll – Neponset Health Center
- Harbor Community Health Center-Plymouth
- Harbor Community Health Center-Hyannis
- Ellen Jones Community Dental Center – Dennis
Our 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 operates two Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, a program that allows frail elders to live in their homes and communities, as well as the Dorchester South/South Boston Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program.
Our Elder Service Plan has two medical and day centers in Mattapan and Brockton and cares for more than 450 participants. Our WIC program provides services at Harbor’s Dorchester locations, as well as at other community health center and mobile locations. WIC serves more than 3,000 women and their children each year.
Patient-Centered Medical Home
Harbor Health has been a recognized NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) since 2011. As a PCMH, Harbor Health provides primary care that is:
- Comprehensive and inclusive of physical and behavioral health needs
- Coordinated across the health system
- Patient-centered to meet each patient’s needs and goals
- Monitored for quality and safety
- Based on the latest research and technology
PCMH is a model of primary care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety. It is a philosophy of healthcare delivery that encourages providers and care teams to meet patients where they are, from the most simple to the most complex conditions. Using a culturally appropriate and team-based approach, patients are treated with respect, dignity, and compassion, and develop strong and trusting relationships with providers and staff.
Harbor Health received MA Health Policy Commission Patient Centered Medical Home PRIME certification for behavioral health integration in February 2017.
The Community of Community Health Centers
HRSA Health Center Program
In 2023, Harbor Health proudly earned the 2023 Health Center Quality Leader Silver Badge, placing our community health centers in the top 20% nationwide for clinical quality measures. We also received the Advancing Health IT for Quality Badge.
National Health Service Corps
Harbor Health is a National Health Service Corps site.
Harbor Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center and is a ‘‘deemed” facility under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA). The FTCA provides medical malpractice coverage to all deemed facilities and its staff.