Harvard Street Health to mark 50th anniversary with Oct. 4 celebration

James W. Hunt, Jr., left, president and CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, stopped by the Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center last month to present an award to its president and CEO, Stan McLaren, center, for the center’s 50 years of contributions to Boston’s neighborhoods. At right is the Mass League’s senior vice-president and general counsel, Michael Curry.

Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center will mark its 50th anniversary at a celebration event on Oct. 4 at The Exchange, Boston. Harvard Street will honor its first executive director, E. Lorraine Baugh, with the President’s Award; Boston Police Commissioner William Gross will receive the Trailblazer Award; and Jonathan Bush, co-founder of Athena Health, will be cited for the Innovation Award for creating the software that has helped Harvard Street and many community health centers across the country reach new levels of growth.

Over the years, Harvard Street has logged more than one million patient visits serving children, adults, families, and seniors from 37 zip codes, with one in three speaking a language other than English. Almost 70 percent of patients are at or below the federal poverty level of $25,750 for a family of four or have no health care insurance or rely on Medicaid or Medicare. The health center is planning a capital campaign to build a larger, modern facility.

To learn more about HSNHC go to harvardstreet.org. For Gala tickets or sponsorship opportunities, please go to 50.harvard.org or call 617-822-5594.