About Us

About Us

Codman Square Health Center is our community’s first choice for comprehensive, holistic, and integrated services and empowers individuals to lead healthy lives and build thriving communities.

To serve as a resource for improving the physical, mental and social well-being of the community.




Our patient is the center of the care team.



The well-being of the individual is deeply connected to the health of the community.



We are a diverse, empowered, and prepared workforce.



We advocate for responsive policies and resources to address health disparities and promote health equity.



We promote a culture of innovation that has measurable and sustainable impact.



We build and sustain diverse partnerships.


Codman Square Health Center is a community-based, outpatient health care and multi-service center in the heart of Dorchester. We opened our doors in 1979 with a dream: to build the best urban community in America. As part of this dream, we recognized that though health care begins by alleviating sickness, the journey to a true “culture of health” is achieved through the health of the whole person and the whole community. Our two-physician staff that summer of 1979 may have been small, but our commitment to the community was deep and our vision optimistic. Today, we are home to a staff of over 300 multi-lingual and multi-cultural expert clinicians, medical staff and employees, most of whom reside in the neighborhoods surrounding Codman Square. We boast more than 109,000 client contacts each year, and have developed an astounding depth and breadth of community programs, as well as strong partnerships with other organizations in order to meet our mission most efficiently.

We are the principal option for affordable, quality, primary and preventive care in one of Boston’s most vulnerable communities. In 2016 we were re-recognized as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) by the NCQA, the highest level of PCMH distinction possible demonstrating our commitment to innovative and patient-focused care. We were also given the certification of PCMH PRIME, which indicates high level PCMH practices that demonstrate the integration of behavioral health into their primary care.

Codman provides comprehensive services including primary care, urgent care, dental care, eye care, behavioral health, public health, fiscal health, fitness/wellness programming and youth programming. We serve over 22,000 patients each year, 87% of whom live below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. Our achievements include developing an innovative Diabetes care model, collaborating with our in-house charter public high school, providing ‘prescriptions’ to our Healthworks fitness center for women and children, and serving as an economic engine by bringing 15,000 people to the Codman Square merchant district each month. We have built a foundation of preventive and primary care services that engages consumers and embraces innovation — while never losing sight of our mission to provide access to care. Codman has been lauded by academic and health care leaders and politicians, modeled by communities around the world, and embraced by patients.

Codman Square Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and receives federal support through its designation as a Section 330 community health center.

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Codman Square Health Center, Inc. is covered by the Federal Claims Tort Act (FTCA). For any questions about the FCTA, contact our Risk Manager & Patient Safety Officer.

Boston Medical Center is the primary hospital affiliate of Codman Square Health Center. This means you have access to the highest quality health care in your neighborhood. If you require medical care beyond what Codman Square Health Center provides, Boston Medical Center offers specialized care across a full range of adult and pediatric care services. Visit Boston Medical Center’s website for more information.

2014 Top 100 Women-Led Business  Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home PCMH PRIME  William J. Walczak Health and Education Center Certified LEED Gold in 2013  We're A Part of the Health Center Advocacy Network