North End Waterfront Health is part of a network of more than 1500 “federally qualified” health centers nationwide serving more than 24 million Americans. They provide a range of preventive primary care services- including screenings for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer – to one in 14 Americans. For more than 50 years, our mission has been to meet the health care needs of our diverse patient populations.
Health centers go beyond traditional health care to address the factors in the community that may cause disease: stress, nutrition and food insecurity, unemployment, poverty, substance abuse, mental health and much more. In addition, NEW Health as a patient centered medical home provides most services under one roof: primary care, pediatrics, adolescent care, geriatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, vision, dental, podiatry, lab and x-ray, behavioral health and substance use disorders. Seeing the tremendous need for health care in the Charlestown Public Housing Development, we established health centers there and at Charlestown High School with federal dollars under the Affordable Care Act.
The Board of NEW Health is always looking for community input into what additional services should be provided or how to improve current services. Our aim is to not only provide affordable care, but approach health in the broader context of community and population health. It is working — we see improved health outcomes and a healthier overall community for our residents.