Brockton Neighborhood Health Center (BNHC) is a non-profit, multicultural, community health center. Incorporated in 1992, BNHC began providing services in 1994 in a mobile medical van operating out of a church parking lot. Since then, the center has rapidly grown to provide desperately needed services to low-income and marginalized populations in the greater Brockton area. The health center, recognized by the city of Brockton for its contributions to the economic development of downtown Brockton, is committed to providing care that is responsive to community health needs and is linguistically, culturally and financially accessible.
BNHC serves an extremely diverse patient population including Brazilian, CapeVerdean, Haitian, Latino, Portuguese, African American, and Caucasians, 73% of whom live in poverty. An additional 21% have income levels below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. The health center currently offers primary, preventive and specialty health and dental services. This rapid and sustained growth requires strong management, efficient systems and adequate space.
In its efforts to meet the health care needs of the community, BrocktonNeighborhoodHealthCenter constructed a new $17 million community health center, and began seeing patients in this new facility in November 2007. The new facility doubled the health center s capacity to serve low-income, diverse, medically underserved patients in Brockton and surrounding communities.
The health center building is five stories high, encompassing 89,000 square feet, and is located in the center of downtown Brockton on a once blighted lot in the heart of Brockton s federally designated Medically Underserved Area. The new building enabled BNHC to consolidate three of its four sites. A portion of the building s ground floor has been leased to an independent retail pharmacy to ensure BNHC patients have convenient access to needed discounted medications.
Current services include pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, adult medicine, urgent care, dental, ophthalmology, neurology , nephrology services, gastroenterology, social services, mental health, nutrition and patient education. The health center operates a small satellite clinic, at Brockton s homeless shelter, MainSpring House as well as an Adult Primary Care site, which opened its doors September 21. 2015.Massachusetts