50th anniversary of the Health Center Movement

Joint Statement

Delta Health Center and Harbor Health Services, Inc. (Geiger Gibson Community Health Center)

This year, 2015, marks the 50th anniversary of the nation’s community health center movement. At a civil rights meeting in Greenville, MS on December 11, 1964, Jack Geiger and Count Gibson, two young physicians from the Harbor School of Public Health and Tufts Medical School respectively, proposed a new model for providing comprehensive primary care in underserved areas, the neighborhood health center.   In January 1965, Drs. Geiger and Gibson approached the Office of Economic Opportunity with a proposal for two such neighborhood health centers, an urban health center in the Columbia Point section of Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, and a rural health center in the town of Mound Bayou serving rural Bolivar County in Mississippi’s delta region.

On December 11, 1965, the urban model, Columbia Point Health Center (now known as the Geiger Gibson Community Health Center) opened in the Columbia Point housing project and began seeing patients. Following the opening, the rural model, Delta Health Center, opened in Mound Bayou after overcoming numerous political obstacles.

The nation has gone on to see a great expansion of both urban and rural centers, and the Community Health Center movement is now the nation’s largest network of primary care providers. There are over 1,270 community health centers serving 23 million people at 9,000 practice sites.

Geiger Gibson Community Health Center and Delta Health Center are proud to be the forerunners of this national movement of community centered comprehensive health care services, available to all regardless of ability to pay.

Smart Health: Apple’s AirStrip

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AirStrip, a patient monitoring app for the Apple Watch, was showcased at the Apple Event on September 9th, 2015. According to its iTunes description, “AirStrip is intended for use by clinicians who care for patients. In order to use AirStrip, your healthcare facility must have purchased and installed AirStrip.”

Right now, the Apple Watch costs upwards of $350 but as technology advances, wearable tech will become affordable and more popular. This begs the question-would you be comfortable having your health information accessible to your doctor via his or her watch?

Did You Know…? Harbor Health services, Inc. offers a FREE smartphone app for iPhone and Android devices! Search “Harbor Health” or go to iTunes or the Google Play Store.

Harbor Health Services, Inc. Goes to the Boston Red Sox

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In honor of National Health Center Week, 110 Harbor Health Services, Inc. (HHSI) staff, family and friends attended a Boston Red Sox game! Prior to the game, Daniel J. Driscoll, President and CEO of HHSI, was honored as a “Leader of the Pack.” The Red Sox were victorious, thanks in part to Harbor’s cheering :)

Check out the before-the-game ceremony:

5 Things You Should Know About Listeria

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Originally posted on TIME:

Nearly four months after recalling all of its products due to possible Listeria contamination, the maker of Blue Bell ice cream announced yesterday that its trucks are back on the road.

Listeriosis is one of the most deadly foodborne illnesses in the U.S., and the recent outbreak raised panic and fear across the country, in part because Blue Bell is one of the nation’s largest ice cream suppliers. In total, ten cases of listeriosis were reported from four states, and three hospital patients who ate milkshakes made with Blue Bell products died as a result of the disease. But listeriosis is relatively rare, and only a small part of the population is at risk of getting seriously ill from it.

To clear up misunderstandings about the disease, here are 5 things you should know:

1. What is listeriosis and how do you get it?

People typically become infected with…

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Back-to-School Bonanza 2015 at Neponset Health Center

In honor of National Health Center Week 2015, Harbor Health Services, Inc. will be hosting a Back-to-School Bonanza on Tuesday, August 11th! The event will take place at Neponset Health Center from 9:00AM-12:00PM and will include free children’s health screenings, snacks, exercise demos and more!

Receive a FREE lunchbox and school supplies when you schedule your child’s back-to-school immunizations for August 10th-16th. Please call 617-282-3200 to make an appointment.

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