Despite the challenges that presented themselves in 2022, Harvard Street has consistently provided first class health care services and programs to our patients and neighbors.
We remain steadfast in our commitment to our mission and are proud to serve this organization. In 2022, our patient count increased by 6% and total visits by 3% – no easy feat during the pandemic – and these numbers continue to grow. We were thrilled to welcome new providers including two optometrists, Dr. Michael Smookler, OD, and Dr. Jennifer Kim Hsiao, OD, and two Behavioral Health clinicians, Dr. Jhanev Allen Buttler, PsyD and Hilary Leamer, LMHC. They have each seamlessly transitioned into their roles and provide critical services to their patients.
Our Covid-related services continued unabated during the year, as we provided vaccination and testing six days per week at Prince Hall in Roxbury along with regular mobile-clinic visits to the Haitian-American Public Health Initiative, Immigrant Family Services, and the Somali Development Center.
To date, we have provided over 18,000 vaccines and nearly 16,000 Covid tests to neighborhood residents and, while the volume of services has declined over the months, we are proud to continue to staff this essential program to provide residents with access to these services as needed. We are thankful for our partnership with the Boston Public Health Commission and look forward to continuing our work together in the new year.
The year also brought our first Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Operational Site Visit in over 4 years. We are extremely proud of the time and effort our staff put into preparing for the three-day visit by the HRSA auditors – and the results were outstanding. The preparation for such a visit is somewhat stressful, but the entire staff focused on the tasks at hand and their work was evident in the results.
Additionally, we are particularly proud of our First Annual Speaker Series held in the Fall that featured local author Steve Pemberton who gave a wonderful presentation on health equity matters. We were thrilled to honor Kate Walsh, President and CEO of Boston Medical Center, with our inaugural President’s Award for her outstanding leadership during the pandemic.
We look forward to building on this success with subsequent Speaker Series events in the coming years. The future looks bright for Harvard Street, and we are both very proud to be part of such an important neighborhood organization.
Our heartfelt thanks go out to our committed staff, patients, and many partners that make Harvard Street a truly special place.
PRESIDENT & CEO
“Harvard Street health center is a very fulfilling place to work. The patients are wonderful and appreciative, the staff is dedicated, and the cases are interesting.”
⏤ Dr. Kim Hsiao
Harvard Street proudly hosted its first annual speaker series event, A Chance to Lead: Breaking the Cycle in Health Disparities, featuring the inspiring words of Acclaimed Speaker, Best-Selling Author and Diversity Leader, Steve Pemberton.
This event helped to shine a light on health access and equity, issues of paramount importance for Harvard Street, as we work to overcome the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), such as food insecurity, housing instability, and lack of transportation, for those we serve.
We were delighted to honor Kate Walsh, President & CEO of Boston Medical Center, with the President’s Award.
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