Since its early days as a well-baby clinic when it opened in 1933, Whittier has served as a safety net for the physical well being of Boston’s low-income neighborhoods including Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, and the South End. Today we serve approximately 30,000 individuals from culturally and circumstantially diverse communities with a wide array of health programs. Whittier’s services are designed to meet all of our patients’ primary care, behavioral health, dental care, and vision-related needs. As a trusted entity with a high degree of visibility, a strong advocacy role, a multicultural and multilingual staff, and long-standing collaborations across industry sectors, Whittier not only represents its community, it is a vital community asset.
In what are increasingly challenging times for the health care industry, our new model of care equips us with a pathway forward to successfully eliminate the health disparities associated with race, ethnicity, environment and income. By focusing more resources on major determinants of health that are not typically compensated by insurance: care coordination and patient navigation; community outreach and, education; and expanded screening we can achieve healthier communities and reduce health care costs associated with avoidable illnesses, emergency room visits, and hospitalizations. We will continue to advocate for public funding policies that support our model of care and encourage its expansion.