Better health. One connection at a time.

Health Leads envisions a healthcare system that addresses all patients’ basic resource needs as a standard part of quality care.

We connect patients to the basic resources they need to be healthy.  Over the past three years, Health Leads has served over 23,000 patients like the Jackson Family.

By providing an intensive, transformative experience to students like Rob Ali, Health Leads is building the next generation of leaders in healthcare.

UMass Boston is our newest university partner in New England.


    Since 1996, Health Leads has been working with families in Boston to connect them with the basic resources they need to be healthy.

    Part of the Clinic Team

    Health Leads Boston has grown from a card table in the waiting room of the Boston Medical Center Pediatric Clinic to a robust program that now operates in clinics at Boston Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and other health centers.

    As part of the medical team, Health Leads New England is integral to care delivery in the clinics where we work.  For example, in the Pediatric Clinic at The Dimock Center, we worked with clinic staff to implement a universal screening system, which documents any unmet needs at well-child visits in the patient’s electronic medical record.

    Part of the Community

    Health Leads Boston recruits and trains college students from three local universities to staff the Health Leads Desks in the clinics where we work.  Students volunteer their time as Health Leads Advocates, working side by side with patients to connect them with community resources such as local food pantries and utilities assistance programs.  They work across a variety of clinic populations in the city, providing service in over 12 different languages ranging from Haitian Creole to Spanish.

    Our Model

    Health Leads transforms the way health systems deliver care by enabling providers to “prescribe” basic resources like food and heat just as they do medication.  Patients can take these prescriptions to Health Leads in the clinic where we’ll work with them to connect to community resources and public benefits using a sophisticated, custom-built client and resource database.

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