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Title:Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, Inc. records
Dates:n.d., 1990-2000 (bulk 1991-1997)
Call Number:A122

Historical Note

The Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, Inc. (CCHERS) was established in 1991 through a grant submitted by the College of Nursing, in partnership with six other Boston institutions, to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Community Partnerships in Health Professions Education Initiative. The Kellogg Foundation funded seven sites across the country in its Community Partnerships program, including the Center in Boston. The Initiative was designed to bring medical higher education out of academia and into the communities surrounding each institution.

Receiving an initial grant of $6 million, the Center was designed to provide experience in community health care to undergraduate nursing and first-year medical students from Northeastern University and Boston University and “to establish academic health centers that brings [sic] service, education, and research together to influence and change health professions education and improve health care delivery.” Students were posted at one of four community health centers and expected to complete an intensive internship experience, including designing and implementing a program to give back to the community.

The Center was created as a partnership among Northeastern's College of Nursing, Boston University School of Medicine, the Department of Health and Hospitals of the City of Boston, and four neighborhood health centers: the Codman Square Health Center, Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, and the Whittier Street Neighborhood Health Center. In 1993, six more health centers joined the original four: Bowdoin Street Health Center, Dimock Community Health Center, Little House Community Health Center, Gieger-Gibson Community Health Center, Mattapan Community Health Center, and Neponset Health Center. In 1998, three additional centers came into the partnership: Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center, Greater Roslindale Medical and Dental Center, and Upham's Corner Health Center.

In 1995, the Center expanded its programming with additional financial support from another Kellogg Foundation grant. The new grant, part of the Kellogg Foundation's Graduate Medical and Nursing Education initiative, allowed the Center to engage advanced medical and nursing students in the community health care project. In 1997 as the College of Nursing planned to merge with the Bouvé College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the Center incorporated as a non-profit organization, becoming independent from Northeastern.

The Center's programs include the Health Careers Academy, founded in 1995 to provide a magnet school for students interested in careers as health professionals. The Academy strives to attract students who might otherwise be discouraged from pursuing higher education. In 1998, the Academy became one of the first Horace Mann Charter Schools and was relocated to the Northeastern University campus from its original home at Dorchester High School. The Academy was renamed in 2010 as the Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers to honor the late Senator. The Center is one of seven institutional partners supporting the school, and its Learn & Serve America, and Learn & Serve for Middle Schools programs, both funded by the Corporation for National Service in the mid-1990s, seek to educate students to become “peer leaders for health.” The Center also supports the Community Advocacy Program which places Family Advocates at six of the partner health centers to provide “a range of services to victims and survivors of dating and domestic violence and their loved ones,” heart attack prevention studies, and anti-domestic violence programs.
Chronology
1991Center for Community Health Education Research and Service established.
1993Six additional community health centers join the Center.
1995Health Careers Academy founded.
1997The Center incorporates as an independent entity.
1998The Health Careers Academy becomes a Horace Mann Charter School and relocates to the Northeastern University campus; three more community health centers join the Center.
2010Health Careers Academy renamed in honor of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
Chronology of Directors
1991-1997Patricia M. Meservey
1997-Elmer R. Freeman
Bibliography

Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, Inc. records (A122).

“CCHERS – About Us,” Center for Community Health Education Research and Service History Website, http://www.cchers.org/history.shtml (accessed September 2010).

“CCHERS – About Us,” Center for Community Health Education Research and Service Partners Website, http://www.cchers.org/partners.shtml (accessed September 2010).

“Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers,” Website, http://www.healthcareersacademy.org/about/mission.jsp (accessed September 2010).

“Northeastern and Boston honor Kennedy in renaming event,” news@Northeastern, http://www.northeastern.edu/news/stories/2010/04/Kennedy_Academy.html (accessed September 2010).

“Welcome to CCHERS!” Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, http://www.cchers.org/index.shtml (accessed September 2010).