by Mary Wright, RN, health educator at North End Waterfront Health
This year’s National Health Center Week is celebrated from August 9 to August 15. This is the 50th anniversary of the first health center to be opened in the U.S. The first health center was opened at Columbia Point in Dorchester in 1965. North End Waterfront health was the first Italian-American health center to open in the United States.
When North End Waterfront Health opened in 1971, it was known as North End Community Health Center. It has been the premier health care provider in the North End since first opening. The health center was one of the first community health centers in the nation to become accredited by the Joint Commission. The Behavioral Health Department became accredited by the Joint Commission in 2009.
The mission of North End Waterfront Health is to improve the quality of life for the residents of Boston’s North End and Waterfront by providing high-quality health care that is consumer-oriented, culturally appropriate, neighborhood-based, and affordable.
The health center offers a network of support for residents and professionals in the North End and Waterfront.
The health center provides patients with high-quality primary care and specialty services that include vision, dental, behavioral health, obstetrics/gynecology, podiatry, and neurology—all under one roof.
The health center educates North End residents on relevant health issues through collaborative programs with local schools, the Nazzaro Community Center, and organizations such as North End Against Drugs and the North End Waterfront Mothers Association.
For more information about North End Waterfront Health, please visit our web site: northendwaterfronthealth.org.