National Health Care for the Homeless Council
HCH Grantee Directory
Community Health Connections, Inc.
ACTION Health Services, Accessible Comprehensive Treatment In Our Neighborhoods, provides primary medical, preventive and restorative dental, behavioral health and supportive services to the community at a land-based site, as well as off-site at various locations via a portable services manner (backpack model of care)
ACTION Health Services, a Community Health Connections Healthcare for the Homeless/Public Housing Primary Care health center, combines a land-based and mobile clinic strategy designed to provide services to the most underserved people in the area, the homeless, doubled-up, and those receiving public housing. This blend of land and mobile services is used as a way to provide care for vulnerable people in the region who have not been able to adequately access other CHC, Inc. services.
ACTION is designed to provide access to services which include medical, dental, and behavioral health in this area of north central Massachusetts. A mobile medical service makes regular visits to sites in Fitchburg, Leominster, Gardner, and Winchendon, which are the major towns and cities in the area. In addition to the mobile medical service, a mobile dental unit has also been put into service in the town of Winchendon which has a shortage of dental services. Case management services, health care enrollment assistance, and appropriate referrals to other agencies are also provided.
The quote from Arthur Ashe, “Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can” is a saying Community Health Connections, Inc. keeps in mind as they move forward in achieving improved health for their community.
24 hour emergency on-call, Asthma, Basic Needs, Behavioral Health Care Services, Blood Pressure Monitoring, Cancer Screening, Case Management/Social Services, Chronic Bronchitis/Emphysema, Contraceptives (issued w/counseling), Dental Care, Diabetes Testing/Care, Domestic Violence Shelter/Services, Electronic Medical Records, Family Planning, Flu Vaccinations, Gynecology, Hepatitis C screening/treatment, HIV/AIDS screening/education, Immunizations, Labs, Medications/Prescription, Mental Health Counseling, Mental Health Services for Youth, Mobile Van/Transportation, Multidisciplinary Health Teams, Obstetrics, Outreach, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Physical Exams, Pneumococcal vaccine, Primary Health Care, Referrals for Specialty Care, Services in Supportive Housing, Sexual Abuse Support Services, Smoking Cessation, Substance Abuse Treatment, Trauma, TB screening/education, Treatment of Acute Illness, Treatment of Chronic Illness, Urgent Care, Well Child Check-ups
Gardner Visiting Nurse Association; HealthAlliance Hospital; Henry Heywood Hospital; Faith United Parish; Fitchburg Housing Authority; Olde English Village; Ginny’s Thrift Store; Our Father’s House; the WP Clark Memorial YMCA; Leominster Housing Authority; Spanish American Center; and Montachusett Addiction Council.
Kathleen Sweeney, MD
ACTION Health Services
275 Nichols Road
Fitchburg, MA 01420