Codman Square Health Center
Codman Square Health Center is a community-based, outpatient health care and multi-service center in the heart of Dorchester. The health center opened its doors in 1979 with a dream: to build the best urban community in America. Today, they are home to a staff of 280 multi-lingual and multi-cultural expert clinicians, medical staff and employees. The center is the principal option for affordable, high quality, primary and preventive care in one of Boston’s poorest and most vulnerable communities. Their comprehensive services include primary care, urgent care, dental care, eye care, behavioral health, public health, fiscal health, fitness/wellness programming and youth programming. They serve over 20,000 patients each year, 87% of whom live below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. Codman's achievements include developing an innovative Diabetes care model, collaborating with an in-house charter public high school, providing ‘prescriptions’ to a HealthWorks fitness center for women and children, and serving as an economic engine by bringing 15,000 people to the Codman Square merchant district each month. Recently, Codman was awarded a $7.95 million dollar Capital Development Program Grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The funding will be used to build a 34,000 square foot green expansion to the health center’s main building. Space will allow the health center to expand clinical programs, and also add space for educational and social programs. The building is in progress.