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Clinical Departments at Brookside Community Health Center

Founded in 1970 and licensed by Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Brookside Community Health Center provides affordable care to patients from Jamaica Plain and throughout the city of Boston in a friendly, patient-centered environment. Our physicians care for over 11,000 patients each year in adult medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, family planning, dentistry and oral surgery, nutrition, and behavioral health and social services.

Under the medical direction of Cynthia So-Armah, MD and executive leadership of Margaret (Mimi) Jolliffe, FNP, MPH, our team provides high quality, multidisciplinary health care to members of the Boston community, regardless of their ability to pay. Our staff works in teams of primary care physicians, pediatricians, dentists, RNs, LPNs, medical assistants and practice assistants to provide comprehensive care to the entire family. We collaborate with a wide variety of on-site specialists including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, addiction counselors, community resource specialists, population health managers, a domestic violence advocate, , community health workers, nutritionists, midwives, an obstetrician-gynecologist, a pulmonologist, and a cardiologist.

Why Brookside Community Health Center?

  • Physicians deliver holistic, multidisciplinary treatment plans based on patients’ medical, social, emotional and economic needs.
  • Nearly 50 years of community support, including outreach, education and school-based programs to improve the health of the Jamaica Plain community, with particular focus on underserved communities.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish medical and professional staff, and translation is available for other languages through the BWH Interpreter Services.
  • Teaching site for Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Institute of Nursing, Harvard Dental School, Smith College School of Social Work, Boston University School of Social Work, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, as well as other Boston area health care professional programs.
  • State-of-the-art dental treatment provided through the Brookside Dental Department , including access to an endodontist and periodontist.
  • Five federally funded Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs across the city are run by staff from Brookside. Offering free nutrition education, supplemental food, breastfeeding education and peer counselor support and health and social services referrals for Massachusetts residents who meet income requirements. Weekly Baby Café for Breastfeeding education and support with a certified lactation specialist.
  • Commitment to providing accessible care to patients, including telephone support and our Patient Gateway internet portal. Same day urgent care appointments available.


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