With all the focus on hospitals, it is easy to forget the important role of community health centers in the delivery of care, particularly in otherwise underserved urban and rural areas. BIDMC is affiliated with several community health centers in Eastern Massachusetts. Those centers provide primary care to their patients and refer them to our place if they need more advanced diagnoses or treatment. They are Bowdoin Street Health Center in Dorchester, Fenway Community Health, South Cove Community Health Center in Boston's Chinatown and in Quincy, Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury, Joseph Smith Community Health Center in Brighton and Waltham, Sidney Borum Community Health Center in Boston, and Outer Cape Health Services in Provincetown and Welfleet.
Here is a wonderful story about UMMA Community Clinic in the poorest section of Los Angeles. They have a video at http://youtube.com/watch?v=kLiagBbSryY that is pretty inspirational.
If any of you have had great experiences at these community health centers or others, please post them. The staff at these places are extremely dedicated. Let's provide them some positive feedback and encouragement!