Mission & Overview
At Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center (Kennedy Community Health), we help people live healthier lives.
Founded in a Worcester housing project in 1972, today Kennedy Community Health has three medical facilities, two dental sites, two optometry practices and six school-based centers serving residents of Worcester, Framingham, Milford, and the surrounding communities of MetroWest and Central Massachusetts. Currently over 31,300 patients of all ages receive care and service through Kennedy Community Health’s family practice model of care, a comprehensive approach to the delivery of quality primary and urgent care, dental care, optometry, pharmacy, behavioral health, substance use treatment and social services, women’s health, HIV/AIDs treatment and services, medical specialties, LGBTQ+ services including a transgender practice, nutrition counseling, laboratory, and health education programs.
Health care today isn’t just about treating illness, it is about preventing illness by promoting and maintaining health. We do this by offering our patients a “medical home” where our health care providers and staff work as a team in partnership with patients to achieve excellent health outcomes. It is an approach to total health care.
We strive to deliver high quality primary care services that are accessible, and to be at the forefront of innovative health care practices. We do this by creating and maintaining an enthusiastic, skilled, compassionate workforce that mirrors the community and is dedicated to our mission. Kennedy Community Health understands and respects the cultures of our employees, patients and communities we serve. In addition to striving to be the health care provider of choice, we also strive to be recognized as a great place to work.
We provide services to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. We accept most health insurance plans, including MassHealth (Medicaid) and Medicare; other public programs; and we offer assistance to individuals and families eligible to sign up for health insurance.
At the Kennedy Community Health we recognize we cannot meet unlimited demand with limited resources. We regularly assess the needs of our communities and evaluate our capacity to meet those needs. Resource development, philanthropy, and collaboration with community partners are high priorities to maximize our ability to provide the high quality healthcare every community resident deserves.
Vision Statement Our vision is to be a constantly growing, financially sound community health center.
Organizational Values We believe that everyone has a right to accessible, high quality, comprehensive, integrated and compassionate health care.