Holyoke Health Center's mission is to improve the health of underserved communities through affordable, quality medical and dental care.
The Holyoke Health Center is a federally-qualified community health center with a rich history of providing medical, dental, health education, and support services to the greater Holyoke community since 1970. Through implementation and support of a variety of community-based health programs, we have established a reputation in the area as a trusted provider and an organization committed to community development and the elimination of health disparities.
Located in the center of downtown Holyoke, the poorest municipality in the Commonwealth, the health center provides adult, family, and pediatric medical care in addition to a comprehensive dental practice, 340B pharmacy, laboratory, teaching kitchen, and meeting rooms for support services and community events.
In recent years we have expanded significantly, opening a comprehensive medical, dental and pharmacy center in Chicopee, as well as family dental in Springfield, Westfield, additional sites in Holyoke and Chicopee to meet the growing oral health care needs for those who are uninsured or underinsured.
We have created a comprehensive system of chronic care management and patient engagement that links patients with diabetes and other chronic conditions to self-management
programming that educates and supports behavior change. Patients are supported by Community Health Workers who encourage and enhance active participation in effective and
culturally appropriate interventions that improve health outcomes and linkage to ongoing primary care. With over 230
employees, including 25 medical providers, the health center serves over 20,000 patients each year. Medical assistants,
registered nurses, case managers, enrollment staff, and community health workers are drawn from the local community and provide the culturally competent services that have made HHC the provider to low-income communities in greater Holyoke.
Medical and dental care at the Holyoke Health Center is centered on a holistic model that recognizes the socio-cultural, economic, and political factors that influence individual and community well-being. Following from this, we offer a number of educational and support services and engage in a number of community health coalitions. Our nationally-recognized diabetes programming using a Promotora community health worker model has made significant progress in addressing the
diabetes epidemic in Holyoke through peer support and education.
Holyoke Health Center is committed to responding to the evolving health and social care needs of our communities with the goal of eliminating health disparities and promoting access to culturally competent care. In addition to our medical, dental and pharmacy programs we have free parenting classes, nutrition, cooking and exercise classes, the Holyoke Food and Fitness Policy Council and a specialty pediatric obesity program.
HHC is part of a large health and human services network of both public and private providers who work in the service delivery area. These relationships continue to grow and expand in order to better serve our community and patients.
HHC continues to be the only health care provider in the region that has the capacity to respond to the diverse health
care needs of the growing low-income, Latino, and vulnerable populations in the area.