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About BCP

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Boston Community Pediatrics is the first nonprofit private pediatric practice bringing equity to pediatric healthcare in Boston.

Due to systemic racism and structural inequities in our society, poverty and minority status are strongly correlated with disparities in care and health outcomes. This leads to long term disadvantage in health, educational, and economic attainment. BCP’s innovative model centers on patients and their families, working together to eliminate all barriers to care. 

Our Team

Staff

These team members are working hard every day to provide the excellent services, programs, and care our patients deserve. They are relentlessly dedicated to the mission of BCP.

Board

Our board members come from all backgrounds to lend their insight, support and guidance to help develop Boston Community Pediatrics as we strive to provide high-quality care to all.

Supporters

Our donors make it possible for BCP to provide high-quality care to all of Boston's children. Their support enables us to continue to work towards creating equity within pediatric healthcare.

Our Approach

The traditional model of pediatric service delivery unfairly disadvantages low-income families. The separation of care between Medicaid and privately insured patients fuels a divide that deepens racial and socioeconomic inequity. 

Hospitals and health centers strive to provide high quality, integrated pediatric care to those who need it most. But, this is not an easy paradigm to shift, especially for large entities, which can be bureaucratic and slow-moving. The BCP model combines the flexibility and agility of a small, private practice, with best practices established from the literature, over 50 years of clinical experience, and the greatest healthcare leaders in the field. 

Children from low-income backgrounds are

3X more likely

to have unmet health needs because they can’t access the care they need

CURRENT STATE OF HEALTHCARE

LACK OF ACCESS

The rate of ER visits is 86% higher for families with low income than for their wealthier counterparts.

LIMITED MENTAL HEALTH CARE

Fewer than 15% of children from families with low income in need of mental health services receive them.

FRAGMENTED SERVICES

38% of people in Massachusetts alone are currently food insecure.

COST-DRIVEN CARE

Providers are typically seeing about four patients per hour (~1 patient every 15 minutes)

BOSTON COMMUNITY PEDIATRICS' APPROACH

ACCESSIBLE

Patients will have access to:

  • Telehealth (video, phone, email & text consultations)

  • In person office visits

ACCESSIBLE

Patients will have access to:

  • Telehealth (video, phone, email & text consultations)

  • In person office visits

INTEGRATED

  • Behavioral health team is thoroughly integrated with medical team, including a consulting child and adolescent psychiatrist

  • Medical providers and behavioral health clinicians are not just co-located, but are truly working together daily

COORDINATED

On-site care navigators:

  • Collaborate with community organizations to provide enhanced referrals for outside services

  • Connect families with social services and health & wellness resources

  • Are fully integrated with medical and behavioral health clinicians to provide the highest quality patient-partnered care, share information, work together outside of individual visits to improve outcomes for our patients and families

RELATIONSHIP-DRIVEN

  • Appointments are 30 minutes or longer as needed

  • Providers actively work to partner with families

  • Most providers are bilingual

Did You Know...

The fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic caused food insecurity among children in Eastern Massachusetts to rise 117% , and that BIPOC families are recovering from the pandemic significantly more slowly than white households. Recent research indicates that 1 in 7 white households with children are experiencing food insecurity, as compared to 1 in 3 Black and Latinix households with children.

What is BCP doing about it?

BCP recognizes that it is impossible to be healthy if you are hungry, and so has partnered with numerous community based organizations to offer healthy groceries to our families, not just on holidays and special occasions, but every week of the year.   BCP uses a Social Determinants of Health Screening to assess food insecurity for each family. As 60% of BCP patients are currently food insecure, BCP will continue the fight to consistently provide healthy food to each of our families until they no longer need it.

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