“If access to health care is considered a human right, who is considered human enough to have that right?”

Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D.

The path to health equity is not one we can forge alone.

In 1972, seven mothers from Great Brook Valley, the largest public housing complex in Central Massachusetts, called for radical change.  They knew firsthand the tremendous impact that lack of access to care had on the health and well-being of their families and friends.  Not only did they face insurmountable barriers to access preventative care, but basic care was often simply out of reach, even in emergent situations.

Thanks to the efforts of Drs. Jack Geiger and Count Gibson, and their champion, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, a movement for community-based health care was taking hold across the country during this same time.  Refusing to back down, even in the face of great obstacles, these seven fearless women fought to bring this new model of care to one room of one apartment at the housing complex.

Every day since our doors opened 50 years ago, Kennedy Community Health has carried forth our founding mothers’ relentless commitment to better access to care for all in our communities. 

But our work is not done.

The COVID-19 pandemic illuminated what we’ve known for a long time: the path to health equity is still long and tumultuous.  And it is a path that we cannot travel alone. 

Which is why I’m asking you to join us today in continuing this fight.  Will you support us in ensuring that the next 50 years are healthier and more equitable? 

Every day, we help people live healthier lives but, in the words of our namesake, Senator Kennedy, the work goes on.  Thanks for being part of the fight.

Yours in health,

Stephen J. Kerrigan

President and CEO