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Harbor Health Community Health Center- Plymouth (part or Harbor Health Services, Inc.,) is a section 330 Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) opened on March 1, 2014, committed to providing access to quality, comprehensive health care by reducing financial barriers and designing services and programs to strengthen the communities it serves. Continuing to honor its commitment, Harbor Health has selected the greater Plymouth, MA area, which consists of 16 towns that primarily run along Cape Cod Bay and the North Shore of Plymouth County, as the proposed service area for a New Access Point satellite health center. They include: Marshfield, Carver, Duxbury, Halifax, Hanson, Middleboro, Lakeville, Pembroke, Plymouth, Kingston, Plympton, Onset, E. Wareham, W. Wareham, Wareham, and Marion with a service area total population of nearly 217,000 residents.
The Need for a Centralized Health Center
Only 7% of low-income residents in the region are currently receiving care at a community health center. Those that are utilizing a CHC are split amongst nine different health centers. Furthermore, these patients are driving a minimum of 50 minutes to receive care because of the lack of a CHC in or near their community. Therefore, Harbor’s new Plymouth location will create a system-wide positive impact.
Plymouth-area Health Issues
High demand for and scarcity of medical, oral and behavioral health services
Prevalence of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and asthma, and a lack of integrated care for them
Lack of health insurance or inadequate insurance; geographic barriers resulting from long distances between communities coupled with a poor highway network and inadequate public transportation.