Our community starts with you, and events that educate and support you.


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.


April 21st, 2017|

Incubators of Innovation: Our Nation’s Community Health Centers

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.

August 8th, 2016|

Special Thanks to our National Health Center Week Sponsors!

We are proud to partner with the following sponsors to bring National Health Center Week events to our patients and the community.

Patron of Wellness  

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Community Health Advocate

United Healthcare

August 4th, 2016|

National Health Center Week Aug. 9th & 11th!

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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.

July 27th, 2016|

National Health Center Week Coming Soon!

Every year, one week in August is dedicated to National Health Center Week!  This year we are celebrating health centers across the nation the week of August 7-13th.  Please come visit on Tuesday, 8/9, at our Waltham site from 9am-12pm in the parking lot or Thursday, 8/11, at our Brighton site from 12-3pm in the parking lot.  There will be vendors, a teddy bear clinic, face painting and more!  Help spread the word and bring neighbors and friends!

July 15th, 2016|

Joseph M. Smith Building Sign Dedication


Pictured from left to right: Christel Gianci, Vladimir Stevens, Councilor Mark Ciommo, Elizabeth Browne (Executive Director), Representative Kevin Honan, Susan Kearns, Julie Moran (Board Chair), Melvin Scovell, Carol Bradlee, Joseph Smith Jr., Karen Smith, Hyacinth McLaren, Al Wallis, Katy Kehoe, Sam Wallis

Karen Smith, daughter of Joseph M. Smith, and several members of her family gathered with elected officials and Charles River Community Health Board members, Advisory Board members, and managers to celebrate the installation of the Joseph M. Smith signage beautifully and prominently displayed on the front of the new Brighton site.  The sign was made to commemorate the crucial role Joseph M. Smith had in working with neighbors to found the health center and tirelessly work to ensure the Allston-Brighton community received the health care services needed.  A wonderful time was had by all.



June 27th, 2016|