Throwback Thursday: America’s First Community Health Center Turns 25

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Dr. Jack Geiger celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Columbia Point Health Center in 1990. Located in Dorchester, MA, the nation’s first community health center was founded by Dr. Geiger and Dr. Count Gibson, both Boston-area doctors, in 1965. The health center was re-named the Geiger Gibson Community Health Center in honor of its founders and is still in operation today as a part of Harbor Health Services, Inc. The establishment that ushered in the community health center movement will turn 50 years old in 2015.

According to the National Association of Community Health Centers, it is estimated that over 22 million people currently receive services from community health centers across the country which “generates $24 billion in annual savings to the health care system – to taxpayers and private payers alike.”

 

If you would like to find out more about the history of the community health center movement, check out the full story on Chronicles!

To learn more about the history of Dorchester, we recommend taking a look a the website for the Dorchester Historical Society!

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