Take a moment to watch a range of historical and contemporary videos which describe first hand, the role and mission of community health centers in improving the health and well-being of communities both in Massachusetts and across the nation.
H. Jack Geiger, MD Historical Perspective
Physician-activists H. Jack Geiger and Count D. Gibson, Jr. helped launch the American Community Health Center Movement in 1965 with their founding of the first two community health centers in the nation: one at Columbia Point in Dorchester, Massachusetts and the other in Mound Bayou, Mississippi. In this video, Dr. Geiger recounts to medical students at Tufts University School of Medicine how these federal demonstration projects ultimately helped to create the national Health Center Program.
ACA Outreach Award
The 2014 Community Service Award was presented during the League's Annual Awards Gala to a team of individuals who represent the heart, soul and grit of the community health center movement: The more than 450 outreach and enrollment workers who do the hard work of linking residents to the primary care and social services they need to ensure their health and well-being. Please view this recent video honoring the accomplishments of community health center outreach staff as they work to ensure health coverage for the Commonwealth's residents.
Out in the Rural - A Health Center in Mississippi | Video courtesy of Delta Health Center, Mound Bayou, Mississippi; Tufts Medical School; H. Jack Geiger, MD
Filmed in the late 1960's, a young Jack Geiger describes the comprehensive health care approach developed in the Mississippi Bayou to address the root causes of poverty. The model included the Delta Health Center as well as a school and agricultural cooperative for local residents.
Connecticut River Valley Farmworker Health Program Day in the Life
The Connecticut River Valley Farmworker Health Program provides some primary care services to qualified migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their dependants. The program is offered through participating health centers in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Filmed in 2011, this video helps to provide a greater understanding of the health care challenges these farmworkers face living so far from home.
Community Health Center Loan Repayment Program
Community health centers are exciting places to work. In Massachusetts, health centers are on the frontlines of historic health reform, innovative patient care approaches, and cultural diversity. They also offer the chance to make a difference in communities challenged by poverty and medical underservice. Filmed in 2008, this video highlights a program of medical and nursing school loan repayment to primary care physicians and nurse practitioners who make a two year commitment to practice at one of the state's 50 community health center organizations.
History of Community Health Centers | Video courtesy of WCVB-TV Channel 5's Chronicle
The nation's first community health center, founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1965 -- celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2005. Watch this
retrospective which aired on WCVB-TV Channel 5's Chronicle that same year.