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News & Events

Below you'll find the latest news and events.

Holyoke Health Center celebrates Recovery Month, a national observance sponsored by SAMHSA, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The observance raises awareness of mental and substance use disorders, celebrates individuals with lived experience and those living in recovery, and acknowledges the contributions of individuals working to provide treatment, and recovery support services.

Throughout the month of September, Holyoke Health Center encourages our patients, employees and community members to join us in spreading the word that treatment is available and recovery is possible! Learn about HHC's recovery support services provided by our Community Health Programs department, including Medication Assisted Treatment, Counseling & Recovery Coaching, Acupuncture, and an Alcohol Use Disorder Program.

Our newly constructed Community Health Programs (CHP) department will celebrate the grand opening of their recently expanded facility on Wednesday, September 25th during Recovery Month. The grand opening will include an official ribbon cutting ceremony alongside local officials, partnering agencies, and members of our CHP team. The new facility includes an additional 6,000 sq. ft. of space for HHC, and allows the CHP department to expand staff capacity and ultimately increase access to services, such as recovery support to our patients and community members. Stay tuned for more details about our grand opening!

Holyoke Health Center will join Hope for Holyoke, a local recovery support center, on Friday, September 27th for a 'Recovery March & Celebration' event! The event starts at Heritage Park at 12:00, where participants will gather and march towards Veterans Park to show their support for recovery. The march will be followed by a recovery celebration at Veteran's Park from 1:00PM - 5:00PM, including special guest speakers, a proclamation from local officials, personal stories of recovery, resource & information tables, music, dancing and much more! Join us as we celebrate our Holyoke Recovery Community!

Take a moment today to say something encouraging to a friend, family member, neighbor, or coworker. You never know who may be struggling. Kind words can empower recovery!


For more information about Recovery Month, visit recoverymonth.gov
Hope for Holyoke 'Recovery March & Celebration' CLICK HERE


Holyoke Health Center and all locations will be CLOSED on Monday, September 2nd for the holiday.

Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, September 3rd.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH) issued an informational alert for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). According to MA DPH, EEE is a rare but serious disease caused by a virus that can affect people of all ages. EEE is generally spread to humans through the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus. EEE can cause severe illness and possibly lead to death in any age group; however people under the age of 15 are at particular risk. EEE does not occur every year, but based on mosquito sampling, a high risk of occurrence of human cases currently exists.

Learn more about EEE and how to protect yourself and your family below:


For more information, please visit mass.gov or cdc.gov

Pictured: Congressman Richard Neal, Michael Moriarty, HHC BOD Member, Jay Breines, CEO, Mayor of Holyoke Alex Morse, Tammi Kozuch, Program Manager, and Marlo Connor, COO.

National Health Center Week (August 4th - 10th) is an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishment's of community health centers. The theme of this year's celebration is "America's Health Centers: Rooted in Communities." 

Holyoke Health Center was joined by Congressman Richard Neal and Mayor Alex Morse on Thursday, August 8th during National Health Center Week for a formal announcement from CEO, Jay Breines, on HHC's new programs and resources that support the health center's goal of providing increased access to health care to community members. HHC's recent efforts include the construction project for our new Community Health Programs department that will provide an additional 6,000 sq ft. of patient care space for our Medication Assisted Treatment program for patients with substance use disorders, as well as the HIV/AIDS care and counseling and testing services. HHC has also added a Public Health Dentist to our Portable Pediatric Dental Program in the Holyoke and Chicopee Public Schools, and we are targeting 25 schools in the area this school year, a 50% growth from last year.

Thank you to all local officials, partnering agencies, and staff members who participated in our National Health Center Week event!

Check out News 22 coverage on the event, HERE

For more information about National Health Center Week, visit www.healthcenterweek.org


The Holyoke Health Center and all locations will be CLOSED on Thursday, July 4th for the holiday.

Regular business hours will resume on Friday, July 5th.

Holyoke Health Center is proud to announce our clinical pharmacist, Marisa Piers-Gamble, PharmD, BCACP, has recently completed her certification as a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP) from the Board of Pharmacy Specialties.

"The BPS Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP) Program is a credential for pharmacists who have met the eligibility criteria and provided integrated, accessible healthcare services for ambulatory patients in a wide variety of settings, including community pharmacies, clinics and physicians offices. The BCACP provides patient care, develops sustained partnerships with ambulatory patients and other healthcare providers in the context of family and community; and integrates care of both acute illnesses and chronic conditions.

The purpose of the BPS BCACP program is to validate that the pharmacist has the advanced knowledge and experience to optimize patient outcomes by:

  • Focusing on the special needs of patients who may have concurrent illnesses taking multiple medications, and who often administer these drugs themselves or with the assistance of a caregiver at home;
  • Managing patients in between provider visits through treatment assessment, monitoring compliance, refilling prescriptions and patient education and
  • Educating and engaging patients in health promotion and wellness."

Marisa is only the 5th pharmacist in the region to receive this specialty board certification. We congratulate Marisa for her hard work and dedication to Holyoke Health Center and our community!

"I am so thankful to work for an organization that continues to encourage pharmacists to practice at the top of our license and as a part of our provider team!" - Marisa Piers-Gamble, PharmD, BCACP


For more information about the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, please visit www.bpsweb.org

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of helath care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA's website (www.ncqa.org) contains information to help customers, employers and other make more informed health care choices.

On June, 17th, 2019 the NQCA presented Holyoke Health Center with a certificate of recognition for the Achievement of Recognition for Delivering High-Quality, Patient-Centered Care.

For more information about NQCA Recognition, please visit www.ncqa.org

The Holyoke Health Center and all locations will be CLOSED on Monday, May 27th for the holiday.

Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 28th.

Chicopee, MA: The Chicopee Health Center (CHC), a satellite site of Holyoke Health Center, Inc., announces the completion of an expansion project in the Dental Department with the grand opening of 5 additional chairs, creating a total of 13 state of the art, full service operatories at that location. The expansion allows further growth of dental services provided by CHC, including pediatric dental care, orthodontics, and capacity to accept new patients. On Monday, May 20th at 12pm, CHC will host an official ribbon cutting event celebrating the completion of the expansion that will increase access to dental services for patients throughout Western Massachusetts.

The CHC Dental Department currently serves over 1,700 patients living in Western MA, some of which reside as far as Amherst, Westfield, and Ware. As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQCH), CHC ensures access to full service dentistry regardless of coverage or income, and is one of the few dental centers in Western MA that provides high-quality oral health care to patients on Medicaid or without dental insurance. CHC's expansion of dental services is the result of the increasing need for affordable oral health care throughout Western MA.

The additional capacity at the CHC is particularly helpful to low-income families with children, as there are fewer dental care providers who both see children and accept Medicaid. CHC's Dental Dept. is accepting new patients of all ages, and has open availability beginning May 20th. Services include cleanings, emergency visits, oral surgery, sedation dentistry and braces.

For information on becoming a Dental Patient at Chicopee Health Center, please call (413) 420 - 2222.