Fenway, Borum team up
The Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center and Fenway Health have joined forces effective July 1.
The Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center will operate as part of Fenway Health and continue its mission of serving marginalized and disenfranchised young people, including those who are LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender); homeless or living on the streets; struggling with substance use or abuse; sex workers; or living with HIV/AIDS.
Both centers are part of the Community Care Alliance at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, which also includes the Bowdoin Street Health Center in Dorchester; the Dimock Center in Roxbury; Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center in Allston and Waltham; South Cove Community Health Center in Chinatown and Outer Cape Health Services in Provincetown and Wellfleet.
For more than 10 years, Fenway Health has shared medical staff with the Borum and the two organizations share complimentary missions and goals. The Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center will continue to operate the programs and services offered at its 130 Boylston Street location in Boston and at drop-in centers for homeless youth in Cambridge and LGBT youth in Boston. Patients at the Borum will now have access to expanded services at Fenway, including dentistry, optometry and The Fenway Pharmacy.
The merger comes after a year of study and consideration and will ensure the sustainability of the Borum and allow for expanded collaborations among staff at both organizations. Fenway Health and Justice Resource Institute, the Borum's current parent organization, hope to explore new areas of collaboration moving forward.
"The Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center and its sensitive approach to caring for a very vulnerable population that often is not served effectively in other settings is well aligned with the mission of Fenway Health," said Dr. Stephen Boswell, Fenway Health President & CEO. "We can help the Borum to not only thrive but to reach even more people in need of its services. The merger will enable their patients to access all of the services provided by Fenway while continuing to receive the quality care they are accustomed to. It will allow us to expand research on health disparities in populations of vulnerable young people, including LGBT youth, and help us better address their needs."
"We believe that the clinical orientation and comprehensive care approach of Fenway Health makes it the right home for the Borum," said Douglas Brooks, Senior Vice President for Health Services at Justice Resource Institute and the Executive Director of JRI Health. "Our entire organization is proud of founding, nurturing, and growing The Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center, and we know that Fenway will, with certainty, continue to grow and build this vital health center."
The Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center is dedicated to providing the best quality health care for youth and young adults ages 12 to 29 who may not feel comfortable going anywhere else, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or just figuring things out; homeless or living on the streets; struggling with substance use or abuse; sex workers; or living with HIV/AIDS.
Since 1991, JRI Health has pursued social justice by providing underserved individuals and communities with opportunities to develop the tools and skills essential in creating strength, well-being and autonomy. It does this through compassionate support, constant innovation and community leadership.
For nearly 40 years, Fenway Health has been working to make life healthier for the people in its neighborhood, the LGBT community, people living with HIV/AIDS and the broader population. The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health is an interdisciplinary center for research, training, education and policy development focusing on national and international health issues.