Community Health Programs

Refugee Health Assessment Clinic

As one of ten Refugee Assessment Sites in Massachusetts, and one of only two in Boston, Whittier offers specialized expertise in engaging and serving immigrants and refugees from a wide variety of countries. Whittier is committed to hiring from the community to mirror the demographics of the populations served and targets the recruitment of people of African descent, Hispanic and other members of ethnic minority groups to join the Whittier staff.

But Whittier has to go beyond these measures if we are to truly address the health issues on newly arrived immigrants and refugees. Frequently, when confronted with such a broad and diverse array of cultures, we have to dig into ethnographical materials and use key informants to try to understand the people who come to us seeking health care. Our function is to mediate between Western medicine and traditional remedies, between science and culturally determined perceptions and traditional practices.

Fax Number: (617) 989-3054

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).