Harvard Street Health Center: for underserved communities in Boston

Harvard Street Health Center (HSNHC) first opened in 1969 as part of the Boston Health and Hospitals Department.

It subsequently became an independent, not-for-profit institution and moved its primary service location to its current location at 632 Blue Hill Avenue.

HSNHC is a Federally Qualified Health Center.

It is the premier health resource for the community through comprehensive, patient-centered care.

They are also based on the general idea that all people have the right to accessible, available, high-quality health care, regardless of a person’s ability to pay.

Bilingual Health Care

Harvard Street Health Center provides comprehensive primary care and wellness care management for adults and adolescents.

It also offers treatment of acute and chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma and hypertension management.

It also offers preventive health services, including cancer screenings and health counseling, and a variety of programs that support the community at large.

At Harvard Street Neighborhood Center, the diversity of the staff is a representation of the community they serve.

For this reason, a large percentage of their staff is bilingual and they have interpretation services in over 200 languages.

What services does Harvard Street Health Center offer?

Behavioral Health:

Outpatient treatment (in-person and telehealth) for many problems, including anxiety and depression, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, serious mental illness, insomnia, family and parenting challenges, and counseling for substance use disorders, smoking cessation, and psychological testing for adults and children.

Comprehensive, high quality dental services to patients of all ages.

Obstetrics and Gynecology:

The Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center’s Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) department opened in response to the growing health needs of women in the community.

OB/GYN services include everything from women’s sexual and reproductive health, family planning/birth control, emergency contraception , evaluation and overall treatment.

On-site pharmacy:

Specializes in 340B Drug Pricing Program which allows low cost medications for eligible patients to include the uninsured.

Eye Care:

Treatment for common eye diseases and routine eye exams.

Orthopedic services:

Diagnosis and rehabilitation following injuries and surgery, and treatments.

Programs led by Harvard Street Health Center.

Food Pantry:

In partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank helps serve hundreds of families periodically at its main location.

For over 30 years, HSNHC’s food pantry has supported those in the community struggling with insecurity.


Aims to safeguard the health of low-income families.

It is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy foods, health care referrals and other free services to pregnant Massachusetts women and families.

This includes low-income breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding families who are postpartum and eligible.

The goal of WIC is to keep pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under the age of five healthy.

Family Planning:

Provides patients with expanded and timely options for contraception to reduce unplanned pregnancies.

Veterans Outreach Center:

Provides vital services including access to city, state and federal veterans-related benefits, health care services and health insurance navigation.

Infectious Disease:

HIV prevention services to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS in the low-income community and for people living with HIV.

They also provide prevention to the high-risk population, immediate linkage to treatment for all newly diagnosed HIV-positive individuals, and comprehensive medical care and free rapid HIV testing.

HSNHC is noted for its commitment to patients, families and the community, supporting the health needs of the center’s service areas in the Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury neighborhoods.

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