The Dimock Center
A trailblazer in community health with a deep tradition of supporting the resilience of the human spirit.
The Dimock Center has a long history of being a trailblazer in community health. More than 150 years ago, it started as the New England Hospital for Women and Children – created for women, by women. As the first hospital in the country to launch a nurse training program, the Dimock Center took its belief in transformation and learning to a new level, when in 1969, it became a community health center in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, Mass. Now, Dimock is nationally recognized for its breadth of programs in community health, child and family services and behavioral health.
Clinicians and staff at the Dimock Center have experienced how expanding their traditional understanding of what matters in health can have a lasting impact on patients. Not only does the Dimock Center help patients with primary care needs, but it has an early childhood education program that blends learning with health. Eye doctors and dentists from Dimock routinely make visits to the center’s preschool programs so kids can start out healthy. The Dimock Center is also open seven days a week, including evening and weekend hours, so patients don’t have to choose between their health appointments and going to work.
President and CEO Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan says the key to being a leader is to be a community partner. Dr. Minter-Jordan and the rest of the Dimock team have spent much of their time growing programs, developing relationships with local hospitals and community based organizations, and working to provide the best services possible for patients. With services reaching more than 18,000 people annually, Dimock staff will tell you, the focus on patient-care doesn’t stop with a doctor’s visit, but extends through the full spectrum of health. It’s a view that includes addressing people’s essential needs like food, housing, employment and education and continuing their long tradition of believing in the strength and resilience of the human spirit.