State health secretary visits South Cove Community Health Center

Mass. Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz presented a Community Health Center Week Proclamation to South Cove Community Health Center’s Board President April Tang and Executive Director Eugene Welch on Aug.13. (Image courtesy of Vekonda Luangaphay.)

Mass. Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz presented a Community Health Center Week Proclamation to South Cove Community Health Center’s Board President April Tang and Executive Director Eugene Welch on Aug.13. (Image courtesy of Vekonda Luangaphay.)

South Cove Community Health Center (華人醫務中心) welcomed Mass. Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz during his visit to Boston on August 13, as part of the Community Health Center Week tour.

“It is really to raise awareness about the great work that the 49 community health centers do across the commonwealth,” Polanowicz said. “South Cove does such a great job with this population.”

The health center was one of seven centers the Patrick Administration toured in Massachusetts during August 10 to 16, a week Gov. Deval Patrick proclaimed as Community Health Center Week in the state. It is a week of celebration and recognition of health centers’ efforts in ensuring residents in diverse communities of quality health care. The board and staff of the South Cove Community Health Center, located in Boston Chinatown and has about 96 percent Asian patients,  gave the secretary a tour of their facilities and departments.

Polanowicz presented to the health center a proclamation of Health Center Week from Governor Deval Patrick in which Eugene Welch, executive director of the center, and April Tang, board president of the center, accepted on behalf of the staff.

“South Cove has identified who their population is, and really does a great job reaching out to them. It’s very exciting,” Polanowicz said about the health center’s efficiency in meeting the needs of the patient population while being culturally competent.

With the help of interpreters, South Cove Community Health Center assists patients with healthcare coverage applications. “You definitely want to make sure that everyone knows that there is a large Asian population in Boston and that we’re serving them, and language is definitely one of the areas that need more support,” Welch said.

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