Our History

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Champions of Whittier

Since its early days as a well-baby clinic in 1933, Whittier has served as a safety net for the physical wellbeing 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.


A note about Whittier and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our area, we ask all clients and patients to call ahead before coming to any of our sites. We are working to take care of most clients/patients via phone/video encounter so we can meet your ongoing healthcare needs. This is for your safety and so we can provide the highest quality of care to you while following CDC guidance for COVID-19. Please call 617-427-1000 for any questions or concerns.

Whittier will provide COVID-19 testing from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday to Friday. Following CDC guidance, we recommend testing if you have a fever AND one of the following three symptoms: cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat. Please bring your picture identification and your insurance card (if you have insurance).