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Prevention Programs

To learn more about Harbor Health’s prevention programs, call (617) 533-2228!

Harbor Health offers health education and community health programs, including free walk-in HIV rapid testing clinics.

Health Education

Health Education Resources in Response to COVID-19

Our prevention team has created at-home family guides for some topics in the Botvin LifeSkills curriculum. These guides will help you have conversations around difficult emotions and topics.

We developed the guides based on the Botvin LifeSkills Middle School Level 1 curriculum.  Level 1 is geared towards 6th -7th grade students.  However, many of the conversations and activities could be appropriate for all ages.

Click the links below for the guides – and check back for updates!

Coping with Anxiety Family Guide

Coping with Anger Family Guide

Talking about Advertising Family Guide

Violence and the Media Family Guide

Self Image and Self Improvement Family Guide

Have you tried one of our guides? Give us some feedback: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FR5F5RY

Additional Resources:

(Mass.Gov) Coping with Stress And Fear From Covid-19

Talking to children about COVID-19

Support Resources 

About Our Health Education Programs

We offer a variety of health education programs to community partners.

Our community partners include:

  • Public schools
  • After-school programs
  • Youth services programs
  • Colleges and universities

Health education topics:

  • Cooking and nutrition
  • Comprehensive sexual health
  • Substance misuse prevention (Botvin LifeSkills)
  • Violence prevention
  • Consent

Community Health Outreach

Community Health Education Events

Harbor hosts Tomfoolery at the Brewery, a sexual health education event for adults.  This free event takes place at the Dorchester Brewing Company and is open to adults 21+ in the community.  Come learn and ask our health educators questions.  Tomfoolery is a fun, casual, judgement-free event!

Visit the Daniel Driscoll – Neponset Facebook events page for upcoming Tomfoolery at the Brewery events and topics!

Community Health Services

Our prevention team also supports community partners and health events.  Our team provides health education, as well as HIV and Hepatitis C rapid testing.   Past community partners include recovery services programs, re-entry programs, and veterans organizations.

To talk to the team about coming to your organization or event, please call 617-533-2228.

Free HIV Rapid Testing

ATTENTION: The rapid walk-in testing clinic has a new format in response to COVID-19.  To keep you and our staff safe, we ask you to please reserve a spot at the clinic using a first name or alias or call (617) 533-2228

Visit HHSI.US/GetTested for more information.

If you need immediate help with a rapid HIV Test, please call our prevention services team at (617) 533-2228 and we will try to help you.  We return voicemail messages within one business day.

What is HIV Rapid Testing?

Harbor Health offers fast, free, and confidential HIV testing

The HIV rapid test is just a finger stick. There are no blood draws or waiting for lab results.  You get results in 20 minutes or less.  No check in or insurance is required.

It’s confidential and you do not need to be a patient of Harbor Health to get tested.

Testing is done by trained members of our prevention team.  We’re caring, supportive, and judgement free!  We can answer your questions and can also connect you to care if needed.

Free condoms and other safer sex supplies are also offered during the clinics.

Free HIV Walk-In Rapid Testing Clinics – Location and Schedule

Daniel Driscoll – Neponset Health Center

  • The monthly rapid testing clinic will take place in an outdoor testing tent at 10 Minot Street on the fourth Friday of each month until further notice.  (updated 10/15/20)

Visit the Daniel Driscoll – Neponset Facebook events page for all upcoming testing dates.

Geiger Gibson Community Health Center

  • The rapid testing clinic at Geiger Gibson Community Health Center will start again in an outdoor testing tent on Friday, October 16.  (updated 10/12/20)

Visit the Geiger Gibson Community Facebook events page for all upcoming testing dates.

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