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Our mission at the Holyoke Health Center is to "Improve the health of our patients through affordable, quality health care and comprehensive community-based programs to create a healthy community."

News & Events

Below you'll find the latest news and events.

Group Acupuncture Clinic

Every Tuesday

9:00AM - 11:15AM


Our Acupuncture Clinic is open every Tuesday, and is for established Holyoke and Chicopee Health Center patients. If you would like to attend, register in the Lower Level of our Holyoke Health Center location on 230 Maple St. Patients are welcome to come as often as they like.


For more information, speak with your provider.

Holyoke Health Center Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Esparza-Perez Receives Massachusetts Outstanding Community Health Center Clinician Award from the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers

June 1, 2018 - The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers will host their annual Awards Gala on Friday, June 1st at the Westin Copley Place in Boston to recognize individuals for their personal achievements and their outstanding service to communities and to the community health center network. Holyoke Health Center's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Alejandro Esparza-Perez, MD will be honored at the gala as one of the recipients of the Massachusetts Outstanding Community Health Center Clinician Award. This award is established to give recognition to a community health center licensed independent practitioner who independently provides care and treatment plans for his or her patients and who has demonstrated consistent support of, and devotion to, the delivery of community health services through his or her clinical practice.

This is a wonderful and well deserved tribute recognizing Dr. Esparza's commitment to the mission of the Holyoke Health Center that he has consistently demonstrated for over 15 years. Dr. Esparza provides his patients with care and compassion, which is obvious to all who have the opportunity to work with him. He also supports our health center community by providing dedicated leadership that dignifies and respects the work that everyone does in support of our patients. 

Congratulations, Dr. Esparza!

Holyoke Health Center will be CLOSED on May 28th, 2018 for the holiday.

Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 29th.

It is with great consideration that we have decided to close the Chicopee Dental Center, located at 601 Memorial Drive in Chicopee, MA. Our last day of operation will be May 25, 2018.  Going forward, our focus will be on expanding and improving our other dental facilities in the area. 

If you are currently a patient at the Chicopee Dental Center, the Holyoke Health Center would be honored to continue to treat all of your oral health needs at any of our other facilities. Letters will be mailed out to all patients with information on which facility your current provider will be practicing. 


If you have any questions, please feel free to call the following phone numbers:

Holyoke Health Center – (413) 420-2839
Chicopee Health Center – (413) 420-6255

Holyoke, MA – May 11, 2018 – The Holyoke Health Center recently installed a medication drop box in both our Holyoke and Chicopee pharmacies. On Friday, May 11th the Holyoke Health Center held a press conference in the pharmacy of our Holyoke location on 230 Maple St. to unveil the medication drop box to the public. We were joined by Hampden County District Attorney; Anthony Gulluni and Northwestern District Attorney; David Sullivan, and Mayor of Holyoke; Alex Morse, who spoke on behalf of the one of the area’s first and only community based medication drop box. The Holyoke Health Center has partnered with Inmar for their Consumer Drug Take Back Program, to provide the community with a discreet, no questions-asked, safe and responsible way to dispose of drugs.

Our medication drop box can be utilized by patients and non-patients to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription medications. Accepted medications include unused expired prescription medications (including Schedule II-VI controlled substances), unused or expired over-the-counter medications and pet medications. To use the medication drop box, simply drop the medication into the green receptacle labeled “Consumer Drug Take-Back”. Items that are not accepted include; inhalers, aerosol cans, syringes and illegal drugs. Since 2007, the Holyoke Health Center has been a MDPH Sharps Container Disposal Site, and we have two Chrysalis Environmental Solutions steel kiosks on site in our pharmacy for safe disposal of used needles.

According to the U.S Government Accountability Office (GAO), “In 2015, 3.8 million Americans reported misusing prescriptions in the prior month, and deaths from prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999. Most people get these drugs from friends or relatives, so providing secure and convenient ways for people to dispose of their unused drugs could help.” The goal of our partnership with Inmar for their Consumer Drug Take-Back Program is reduce the risk of death and misuse of medications by providing our patients and community members with an accessible way to dispose of medication safely and discreetly and at their own convenience throughout the year.  Holyoke Health Center is among the 1% of pharmacies and other entities in Massachusetts, who are eligible to collect unused prescriptions drugs for disposal and volunteer to do so, as stated in a recent report by the GAO. 

Holyoke Health Center’s on-site, state of the art, community pharmacy fills approximately 5,500 prescriptions per week, and is an integral part of all services offered at the health center. Our pharmacy programs are aimed towards providing our patients and community with quality and comprehensive medication services to improve health and well-being. CEO, Jay Breines says “Providing our patients with a medication drop box that is free and safe to use is essential to improving the substance use disorder epidemic in our community and throughout the country, and is a step in the right direction to reduce the amount of opioids that are easily available.”


Pictured: Mayor of Holyoke - Alex More, Hampden County District Attorney - Anthony Gulluni, Holyoke Health Center CEO - Jay Breines, Hampden County DA's Communications Director- Jim Leydon, Hampshire/Franklin County District Attorney - David Sullivan


The mission of the Holyoke Health Center is to improve the health of our patients by providing quality health care and supporting comprehensive community based programs to create a healthy community. Visit www.hhcinc.org to learn more.

To learn more about Inmar’s Consumer Drug Take Back Program, visit www.inmar.com/inmar-solution/consumer-drug-take-back-program

To access the GAO report, Preventing Drug Abuse: Low Participation by Pharmacies and Other Entities as Voluntary Collectors of Unused Prescription Drugs, visit www.gao.gov/products/GAO-18-25

Northampton, MA - On Saturday, May 5th, staff members of the Holyoke Health Center participated in Noho Pride's Annual Parade and Pride Day event. This event celebrates the spirit and strength in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ) communities in Western Massachusetts. The Pride Parade and Pride Day celebration is produced by the Noho Pride, a 501(c)3 non-profit entity. This year, our Holyoke Health staff joined together with family and friends to march in the parade in support of the LGBTQ community.

Holyoke Health Center offers care, support and love to everyone in our community.


For more information about Noho Pride, visit www.nohopride.org

For news coverage of the 2018 Noho Pride Parade, click here.



About SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands


SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands brings people together in support of hand hygiene improvement globally and to progress the goal of maintaining a global profile on hand hygiene in health care.

The campaign aims to galvanise action at the point of care to demonstrate that hand hygiene is the entrance door for reducing health care-associated infection and patient safety. It also aims to demonstrate the world's commitment to this priority area of health care.

WHO's role includes encouraging engagement and action to maintain this global movement. Numbers are a great awareness-raising mechanism, as demonstrated by the growing number of health-care facilities registered for SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands but they are not the end point. Sustaining the efforts to improve patient safety requires dedicated action and innovation both of which are now more crucial than ever. WHO have appreciated receiving communications about country and health-care facility activities. Action must continue; use the WHO tools to support your actions.


For more information about the World Health Organization and Hand Hygiene Day, click here.

Holyoke Health Center will be CLOSED on April 16th, 2018 for the holiday.

Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, April 17th.

Holyoke Health Center will be closed today March 7, 2018 at 4pm due to the snow storm. We will reopen at 1pm on Thursday, March 8, 2018.


On Friday, March 2nd 2018, Holyoke Health Center's CEO Jay Breines, along with our Project Coordinator, Glorimar Irizarry, visited WWLP's local news segment Mass Appeal to inform the community about our fund raising efforts for the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Holyoke Health Center organized a fundraiser to help Puerto Rican evacuees who have relocated to Holyoke and the Western Mass area. A Puerto Rico pride t-shirt was created in partnership with local company, E.S. Sports, to generate funds to go to providing resources to those in need. T-Shirts can be purchased via the E.S. Sports link below, and are available until March 31st. Holyoke Health Center also created a donation link so that community members can donate to these efforts directly online.


Purchase a T-Shirt