Charles River Community Health is pleased to announce our Waltham fundraiser, Spring into Summer, an event celebrating the health center’s commitment to the Waltham community for more than 12 years! This breakfast and groundbreaking event will be held on June 21st from 8:30 to 10 am, at our new health center location, 43 Foundry Ave, Waltham.
Since opening in September, 2004, Charles River Community Health’s Waltham health center has grown tremendously to meet the needs of the community. About half of the 12,750 patients we see each year receive care at our Waltham site, 5,300 of whom live in Waltham. As we have outgrown our current facility, we have leased nearly 20,000 square feet of space at 43 Foundry Avenue in Waltham, which will offer a stateof-the-art and more spacious health center for the Waltham community.
Help us honor this important milestone at our fundraiser in June.
The Red Sox Foundation will be at the Brighton site lobby next Tuesday, May 9th from 9:30-11:30am registering boys and girls ages 9-18 to play baseball or softball on a home team in their summer league.
The program is free and sponsored by the Red Sox foundation and Neighborhood Health Plan. Teams are forming now in the city of Boston. Staff and patients are welcome to register their children for the program! For more information please see Red Sox Foundation’s website here.
We are helping our Waltham local partner, More Than Words, to collect used books, CDs, and DVDs. More Than Words is a non-profit social enterprise that empowers youth whoh are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business.
Please drop off your used items at one of our two health centers! Items are accepted until the end of April.
One of the most effective primary care provider networks in America’s healthcare system, community health centers started over 50 years ago right here in Massachusetts as a pilot project during President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Today, over 1,300 health centers across the country have a significant record of success:
Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings
Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room
Treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit
Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent
Generating $26.5 billion in economic activity and over 230,000 jobs
Reducing infant mortality rates
In Massachusetts, 50 community health centers:
Serve 951,000 patients (that’s one in seven state residents) through more than 300 sites
Generate 14,000 jobs and contribute $2 billion in total statewide output
Produce $1.2 billion in annual savings for the state’s health system
Surpass national benchmarks for a host of clinical quality measures, including those focused on asthma, hypertension, healthy birthweights for newborns and immunizations
Massachusetts community health centers prevent illness and foster wellness in unique populations, producing innovative solutions to the most pressing healthcare issues in our communities. From providing some of the nation’s first HIV services, to pioneering models of care for patients suffering with chronic illness, to expanding dental coverage for millions of underserved residents, Massachusetts health centers continue to meet the never-ending challenge of providing access to care for people who, without community health centers, might not have it.
Here at Charles River Community Health we provide care using a Patient Centered Medical Home approach, where a patient’s primary care provider, nurse, dentist, pharmacist, mental health clinician and others come together as a team to provide care that is coordinated, high quality, and cost-effective. Our community health staff also addresses social determinants of health by connecting patients with community resources such as food, housing and legal assistance.
Community health centers have the unique ability to reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine and address the social factors that may cause and perpetuate sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and addiction. Our long record of success in managing healthcare costs and reducing chronic disease are due to our understanding of the true needs of our patients and our communities at large.
As we celebrate National Health Center Week, community health centers across the Commonwealth are hosting health fairs, back-to-school drives, legislative breakfasts, free health screenings and dental cleanings, and much more.
Come by our Brighton or Waltham sites this week to celebrate National Health Center Week! We have health fairs in Waltham on Tuesday 8/9 from 10am-12pm and in Brighton on Thursday 8/11 from 1-3pm. There will be information tables from many community agencies, a teddy bear clinic, health screenings, face painting and more! All in the community are welcome.
Charles River Community Health is celebrating National Health Center Week! Please visit one of our two sites: August 9th, at our Waltham location or August 11th, at our Brighton location! All are welcome! Please contact Alicia Castro with any questions 617-208-1583.