Programs for Adults
Cancer Support Services
The Cancer Care Center supports patients during all aspects of their care—from diagnosis through treatment and recovery. Services include: Cancer support/discussion groups, Support activities, Special programs and events, Complementary services, Patient Navigators, Social Workers, Nutritionists and Genetic Counseling.
Community Violence Response Team (CVRT)
CVRT clinicians are dedicated to providing individual and family counseling to survivors of violence and family members who have been impacted by violence. In addition, we have case management and family advocacy services to provide additional support and assistance. All services are non-insurance based and are free to the clients and their families.
Domestic Violence Program
The Domestic Violence Program is a resource for patients, employees, community members, and anyone (teens and adults including elders) who is seeking information or help with domestic violence, particularly abuse or violence by a current or former partner. Our Advocates will listen without judgment, without telling you what to do, while offering information and support in the areas you want help with.
Elders Living at Home
Elders Living At Home is at the forefront of ending elder homelessness in Boston. Over the last two and a half decades, ELAHP has touched the lives of 2,500 people, not only clients, but their families, care providers, policy makers, public and private funders and students from a variety of disciplines.
Faster Paths to Treatment
Faster Paths to Treatment, is BMC's substance use disorder urgent care center. It is a judgment-free home for people suffering with addiction. Staff members help individuals overcome their addiction by rapidly evaluating, motivating, and referring patients with substance use disorders to a network of care including inpatient and outpatient detox, treatment, and aftercare services.
Health Leads works to break the link between poverty and poor health. In clinics physicians can "prescribe" food or housing for their patients and their families. Undergraduate volunteers then connect those families to local resources to meet these needs, enabling them to achieve the stability and opportunity that lead to better health for their children.
The Lactation Service at Boston Medical Center provides 7-day a week lactation care by IBCLC-certified lactation consultants. Our lactation specialists provide services for patients in the BirthPlace Postpartum Unit, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Pediatric Inpatient Unit, the Pediatric Primary Care Clinic and the Adolescent Center.
Margaret M. Shea Adult Day Health Program
The Margaret M. Shea RN Adult Day Health Program offers families peace of mind and a support system to help them with decisions involving the care of their loved ones. Since 1980, the program has provided day health services to Boston area adults and seniors.
Medical Legal Partnership
The Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston allies healthcare providers with lawyers to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. Combining the strengths of law and medicine, MLP | Boston ensures that patients' basic needs – for housing, food, education, healthcare and personal and family stability – are met.
Preventive Food Pantry
The Food Pantry works to address nutrition-related illness and under-nutrition for our low-income patients. It fills the therapeutic gap by linking physicians and nutritionists to patients. Individuals with special nutritional needs are referred to the Pantry by BMC primary care providers who write "prescriptions" for supplemental foods that best promote physical health, prevent future illness and facilitate recovery.
Since 1993, Boston Medical Center's (BMC) Project ASSERT has offered alcohol and drug use screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment to patients treated for intoxication in the ED.
Tobacco Treatment Center
The Tobacco Treatment Center is a multidisciplinary team of health professionals who specialize in helping smokers quit. The Center offers evidence-based treatment including group, individual, and behavioral counseling sessions. BMC’s tobacco-trained specialists, pulmonologists, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, and behavioral health specialists help smokers understand the physical and psychological aspects of quitting tobacco and help develop personalized quit plans that include a variety of treatments.
For many families, income tax preparation is a challenge as they try to navigate a complicated system. As a result, they often do not receive the tax benefits they are entitled. StreetCred is an innovative program established at Boston Medical Center which offers free tax services to families receiving pediatric care at BMC, who are eligible to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit.
The Teaching Kitchen
This is a unique environment allows the BMC community to view first-hand how to prepare the foods that they love in a manner that coincides with a healthy lifestyle. Simple, cost-effective recipes are demonstrated while disease and condition specific nutrition education is implemented for weight management, diabetics, cardiac rehab patients, cancer survivors, as well classes for pediatric patients and their families.
Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP)
Boston Medical Center's VIAP Program helps guide victims of community violence through recovery from physical and emotional trauma. Using a trauma informed model of care, VIAP empowers clients and families, facilitates recovery by providing services and opportunities. VIAP presents options for families that bring hope and healing to their lives.