Brockton Neighborhood Health Center--Brockton, MA

Demand for Brockton Neighborhood Health Center (BNHC) accelerated after it started in 1994 as a mobile medical van in a church parking lot. BNHC is a nonprofit, multicultural, federally qualified community health center. BNHC is also designated as a Qualified Low-Income Community Business (as defined by New Market Tax Credit program regulations) and is incorporated as a Community Development Corporation (CDC) with the primary purpose of creating jobs in the community. BNHC has addressed access to primary health care, access to healthy food and neighborhood revitalization. This organization approached these issues with opportunistic change making, clinical and non-clinical collaboration and diverse funding.

Demand for Brockton Neighborhood Health Center (BNHC) accelerated after it started in 1994 as a mobile medical van in a church parking lot. BNHC is a nonprofit, multicultural, federally qualified community health center. BNHC is also designated as a Qualified Low-Income Community Business (as defined by New Market Tax Credit program regulations) and is incorporated as a Community Development Corporation (CDC) with the primary purpose of creating jobs in the community. BNHC has addressed access to primary health care, access to healthy food and neighborhood revitalization. This organization approached these issues with opportunistic change making, clinical and non-clinical collaboration and diverse funding.

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