Bringing Equity to Pediatric Healthcare
All of Boston’s children deserve to be healthy – not just those whose parents can afford to be part of a private practice. Boston Community Pediatrics was founded to bring excellent, patient-centered care to all families but especially those who have the fewest resources. Our plan is simple – go back to the basics and focus on patients and families – to build relationships and bring comprehensive, preventative pediatric medical care to improve health and provide a better life for patients.
Boston Community Pediatrics (BCP) is a nonprofit, pediatric private practice, the first of its kind in Massachusetts. Our mission is to bring equity to pediatric healthcare by giving all patients direct access to their primary care provider and access to comprehensive, prevention-oriented medical care, case management services, and integrated behavioral health services. All patients will receive the kind of personalized care currently only available to those with private insurance. We know that parents and caregivers are experts in their own children, and we will leverage our asset-based, relationship-driven approach to improve health outcomes and lower health care costs for all pediatric patients, regardless of socioeconomic status or background.
We will have a medical office that will serve as the home base for the organization and where pediatric patients will be able to receive primary care, truly integrated mental health services, case management, pediatric wellness support, and many other resources, all under one roof. This type of comprehensive care is vital to ensuring that a child’s direct healthcare needs, along with the social determinants that underlie health, are all being addressed in a coordinated fashion.
Patients will have direct access to their provider at any time through the use of telehealth. Patients and families will be able to text and email providers, talk to providers on the phone, or conduct video visits with them. Telehealth is particularly advantageous for families of low-income, as time away from work to care for a sick child and wait for a doctor’s visit leads to lost vital income and potentially less food on the table. Direct, timely, and virtual physician access will reduce barriers to care, allow for faster returns to work and school and avoidance of costly emergency room visits.
Mobile Medical Unit
BCP’s mobile medical clinic will meet patients directly in their homes and communities to provide care. This will enable us to increase the rates of both well child visits and childhood vaccinations, which have fallen precipitously since the onset of COVID-19. The mobile medical unit will also enable us to leverage existing community partnerships (such as Room to Grow and About Fresh/Fresh Truck) and make new connections across sectors. We will be able to expand our reach by collaborating with organizations and together provide a wide array of medical and social services while delivering essentials items such as food, clothing, and diapers. Importantly, it will also allow us to aid in COVID-19 testing and tracing and vaccine delivery when available among communities most at-risk.
Integrated Behavioral Health
Boston Community Pediatrics is fully aware of the paucity of mental health resources for all families, but especially those with limited resources and the highest burden of emotional stress. Integrating behavioral health providers as part of the foundation of the pediatric team, Boston Community Pediatrics will tailor interventions for high risk and rising risk patients, employing frequent touches and early behavioral health coaching.