Boston, MA -  Partners HealthCare (Partners) and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (League) are working together on an exciting partnership to help strengthen community health centers and to try to better meet the needs of patients. Through this collaboration, Partners is providing critical funding support for 16 Community HealthCorps Navigators who are currently serving at health centers in the Greater Boston area.

“These HealthCorps Navigators are helping the health centers to engage more deeply with their patients and provide specific services that can help patients live healthier lives,” said Matt Fishman, Vice President for Community Health, Partners HealthCare. “These kinds of collaborations with the health centers and the League offer innovative ways to connect with patients and make a positive difference in their lives, and to improve the health of entire communities.”

Community HealthCorps is an extension of AmeriCorps, and has been a program of the National Association of Community Health Centers since 1995. The League has participated in the program since 2004, recruiting high school or equivalent and college graduates to serve as community health promoters for one year. Currently, the program is also actively recruiting veterans. During their service, the navigators work closely with health center staff on projects that include promoting health education, patient access, developing fitness programs that will increase the daily physical activity of children, and sharing practical, nutritious cooking tips and recipes with families.

“This program provides benefits to both the Navigators and the health centers,” said James W. Hunt, Jr., President and CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers.  “The Navigators are a tremendous resource for the centers, and the centers provide a hands-on learning environment for young people with an interest in community-based health care. Partners’ investment in and commitment to this initiative has allowed us to expand the program to more health centers, patients and young recruits.”

Since 2007, 52 individuals have participated in the League’s Community HealthCorps program and explored health care as a possible career.  Of those members, 19 went on to enroll in medical school and another 8 are currently working in health-care related fields. 

Health Centers that are currently hosting Community HealthCorps Navigators include:

  • Brockton Neighborhood Health Center (2)
  • Brookside Community Health Center
  • Dorchester House Multi-Service Center
  • Codman Square Health Center
  • Family Health of Worcester
  • Manet Community Health Center (2)
  • Neponset Health Center
  • South End Community Health Center
  • Martha Eliot Health Center (2)
  • Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center (3)
  • South Boston Community Health Center

About Partners HealthCare
Partners HealthCare is an integrated health system founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.  In addition to its two academic medical centers, the Partners system includes community and specialty hospitals, a managed care organization, community health centers, a physician network, home health and long-term care services, and other health-related entities. Partners is one of the nation’s leading biomedical research organizations and a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Partners HealthCare is a non-profit organization.

About the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
Established in 1972, the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (“the League”) is the statewide association representing and serving the needs of the state’s 49 community health centers through grassroots advocacy; technical assistance with state and federal health regulatory and policy issues; promotion and management of clinical quality initiatives; training and education for administrators, clinicians and board members; help with health center technology development; and work with local health advocacy organizations seeking to open health centers in their communities. The League also serves as an information source on community-based health care to policymakers, opinion leaders and the media.