Better health. One connection at a time.
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 is the oldest site in the organization’s six-city network. It 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 community health centers.
As part of the medical team, Health Leads Boston 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 Boston, providing service in over 12 different languages ranging from Haitian Creole to Spanish.
Health Leads enables doctors, nurses and social workers to “prescribe” basic resources like food and heat just as they do medication. We recruit and train college students to “fill” these prescriptions by connecting patients with the basic resources they need to be healthy.