Community Health Center to attend Mashpee Chamber Job Fair

April 1, 2024

Join us on April 9th from 12-3 pm at the Mashpee Public Library for a job fair hosted by the Mashpee Chamber, in partnership with MassHire, Mashpee Commons, the Mashpee Public Library, and South Cape Village. CHC’s recruitment team will be there to share our current job opportunities, meet potential applicants, and provide all information on careers at Community Health Center.

Community Health Center Recognized by HRSA for Quality Improvements in 2023

December 27, 2023

Mashpee – The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded multiple commendations to Community Health Center for outstanding quality improvement. Most notably, Community Health Center has received Silver Certification as a Health Center Quality Leader based on quality measures they implement for the patients they serve.

In addition to this award, Community Health Center has been recognized with a number of other honors, including the following: Access Enhancer, recognizing CHCs that increased the total number of patients and the number of patients who receive at least one comprehensive service by at least 5% during consecutive years. Advancing HIT for Quality, recognizing CHCs that meet all criteria to optimize Health Information Technology (HIT) services. Addressing Social Risk Factors, recognizing CHCs that are screening for social risk factors impacting patient health, and are increasing access to enabling services. Health Disparities Reducer, recognizing CHCs that qualify for the Access Enhancer award, and meet clinical measures related to low birth weight, hypertension control and uncontrolled diabetes.

“Our focus on continual quality improvement has always been a driving factor of what we do,” said Karen Gardner, Community Health Center’s Chief Executive Officer. “Beyond patient visits, our programs and services such as remote patient monitoring, telehealth, and lifestyle medicine are designed to increase access and better patient outcomes. We are very proud of our commitment to quality and grateful to have an impact on our community.”

These awards recognize the highest-performing health centers nationwide as well as the health centers that have made significant quality improvement gains from the previous year.

Community Health Center Welcomes Two New Providers Pedro Fortes MSN, FNP-BC and Emma Matson, DMD

November 9, 2023

Mashpee – Community Health Center is proud to welcome Pedro Fortes MSN, FNP-BC and Emma Mattson, DMD to their staff.

Pedro Fortes MSN, FNP-BC received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing followed by a Master of Science – family nurse practitioner degree from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston. He also holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Management from Curry College in Milton. Pedro has been a part of Community Health Center for more than 5 years, as a patient engagement specialist, and then as a registered nurse prior to becoming a family nurse practitioner. Pedro is currently part of the walk in care team at CHC’s Bourne Office located at 123 Waterhouse Road.

Emma Mattson, DMD received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology on a pre-med track from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. She then went on to receive her Master of Science in biomedical sciences from Barry University in Hollywood, FL, before moving on to complete her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of New England in Portland, ME. Dr. Mattson is currently caring for patients in CHC’s Mashpee dental office located at 107 Commercial Street.

Community Health Center Receives Diabetes Recognition

October 27, 2023

Mashpee – Community Health Center has achieved Diabetes Recognition from NCQA (National Committee for Quality Assurance). The Diabetes Recognition Program recognizes clinicians who use evidence-based measures to provide quality care to their patients with diabetes. Recognition makes CHC part of an elite group that is publicly recognized for providing the highest level of diabetes care.
NCQA uses measurement, transparency and accountability to drive improvement in health care. This recognition is based on measures that include: HbA1c Control, Blood Pressure Control, Eye Examinations, Nephropathy Assessment, Foot Examination, Smoking and Tobacco Use Cessation Assistance.
“Community Health Center has been steadily working toward this goal, and refined workflows and made organizational improvements in order to provide high quality care to our patients with diabetes,” said CHC’s Quality Improvement Coordinator Lee Wotherspoon. “Our clinicians are dedicated to patient-centered care and improving patient outcomes. Meeting the benchmarks for the recognition program is really about working together as a team with and for our patients to help them achieve better health.”

To earn NCQA Recognition, CHC submitted data demonstrating that they meet specific quality benchmarks for the six clinical performance measures comprising the Diabetes Recognition Program. Earning and maintaining NCQA Diabetes Recognition sets CHC apart from their peers, and is a great testament to their goal of continual quality improvement.

Community Health Center Offering MassHealth Enrollment Support at Event on October 5

September 28, 2023

Mashpee – The federal government has ended the public health emergency that was implemented in March 2020, and in response to this decision, MassHealth has returned to its standard annual eligibility renewal processes. Beginning on April 1, 2023, all current MassHealth members now need to renew their health coverage to ensure they still qualify for their current benefits. These renewals are being rolled out to all members over the course of 12 months.

Community Health Center is hosting an insurance enrollment event to assist individuals with this enrollment process. The event will be held on Thursday, October 5 from 12pm to 6pm at CHC’s Mashpee office located at 107 Commercial Street. Two Certified Assistance Counselors from MassHealth will be onsite to help anyone in the community looking for help with their redetermination packet. You do not have to be a CHC patient to participate, and no appointment is necessary. Assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

This event is part of MassHealth’s drive to increase the number of front-line staff in enrollment centers to make the redetermination process more efficient, and easier for individuals. If you cannot attend the event or have any additional questions about redetermination, please contact MassHealth at (800) 841- 2900.

Community Health Center Celebrates 25 Years of Creating Healthier Communities

August 29, 2023

Community Health Center has come a long way in the last quarter century and is proud to celebrate our 25th Anniversary of improving the health of the community through the provision of equitable, patient-centered, high-quality, compassionate health care to all, regardless of ability to pay in 2023.

CHC was founded in 1998 as the Falmouth Free Clinic, by a small group of dedicated volunteer physicians, nurses, counselors and lay people to people to provide free health services to uninsured residents of Cape Cod and the Islands. Today, we are a Federally Qualified Health Center, providing integrated care services to more than 25,000 individuals at seven offices on the Cape.

“Through all of our growth and change since our founding, our original mission has remained constant, to provide access to care for all, regardless of ability to pay,” says Karen Gardner, Chief Executive Officer at Community Health Center. “It has been so incredible to watch this organization continue to have a positive influence on the health of our community. We are so grateful for the last 25 years, and look forward to the impact we will continue to make in the future.”

Community Health Center provides care within a complete medical home model, offering individuals primary care, behavioral health care, dental care, walk-in care, gynecology, optometry, substance use disorder services, on-site affordable prescriptions, lifestyle medicine, x-ray and ultrasound services, case management services, barrier assessments and assistance, Veterans care and many other specialized programs.

There are a number of ways for the community to get involved with Community Health Center’s 25th Anniversary, culminating with a Treasures of Good Health Celebration on Friday, October 13 at Willowbend.  To learn more about this event or other ways to get involved, please visit If you have any questions about Community Health Center, feel free to reach out to the Advancement Department at (508) 477-5990 or [email protected].

Community Health Center Announces 23rd Annual Golf Tournament

June 1, 2023

Community Health Center will be hosting their 23rd Annual Golf Tournament at Pocasset Golf Club (24 Club House Drive, Pocasset) on Monday, September 11. Last year’s event featured a sold-out field that raised a record-breaking amount to support CHC’s programs and services. This Tournament is just one event that CHC is planning this year to commemorate their 25th Anniversary.

The funds raised from this event go directly to impact Community Health Center’s mission, specifically to increase access to health and wellness programming for the community. This includes providing chronic disease programs to improve overall wellness; supporting busy, working families; nurturing youth to build character through positive life choices; and creating social and wellness programs for seniors to remain active and independent.

The CHC Golf Tournament will begin with a 12:30 shotgun start, and includes lunch, a cocktail reception, on-course contests, dinner, awards and auction. To register, learn more or find other ways to support Community Health Center’s Golf Tournament, visit  If you have questions, please contact Christopher Ellis at [email protected] or (508) 477-5990.

Updated Visitation and Masking Guidelines

May 11, 2023

Effective May 11, 2023, Community Health Center updated its mask policy for all patients, visitors, and staff. Masks will continue to be provided at all CHC locations. Patients, visitors or team members who would like to continue wearing a mask are free to do so at any time.

Please note, there are some instances when wearing a mask is still recommended or required:

  • Recommended: All CHC employees are recommended to wear masks when they are in a clinical setting, providing routine patient care.
  • Required: All patients will be screened at the front desk and if positive for symptoms of an airborne pathogen illness, including fever, cough, nasal congestion, sore throat, shortness of breath, they will be asked to wear a mask. Health care provider caring for the patient should wear a mask.
  • Required: Health care provider should wear a mask if they have symptoms of an airborne pathogen illness, including fever, cough, nasal congestion, sore throat, shortness of breath.
  • Required: When isolation precautions (aka transmission-based precautions) are in place (ex. confirmed or suspected COVID-19, flu, etc.)
  • Required: After exposure to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 without wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Required: Health care provider should wear a mask upon request by the patient or the patient’s representative.

*This guidance may change based upon county COVID-19 prevalence.

CHC’s masking guidance may change based on COVID-19 prevalence within its counties. If COVID-19 activity increases in a county, masking requirements may be reinstated for all CHC facilities.  for more information about COVID-19 vaccinations and testing at Community Health Center, please click here.

Community Health Center Expands Bourne Office to Include Walk-In Services

March 15, 2023

Bourne – Community Health Center now offers walk-in care services for CHC patients and the community at their Bourne office at 123 Waterhouse Road. Walk-in care can be utilized for sick visits such as flu, cold, cough, sore throat and other minor illnesses or injuries. These services are available Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm. This expansion of services aims to increase access to day-of care for individuals in need on the Upper Cape and surrounding areas. 

Community Health Center’s walk-in care location can be found in the current CHC office in Bourne which provides primary care, dental care, behavioral health care, and diagnostic lab services as well as a full-service retail pharmacy. Community Health Center also provides walk-in care at its Mashpee (107 Commercial Street) and Centerville (1185B Falmouth Road) offices. No appointment is necessary to receive walk-in care at Community Health Center’s locations. In addition to walk-in services, CHC offers integrated primary care, behavioral health care, dental care, gynecology, optometry, substance use disorder services, on-site affordable prescriptions and other services. SmartExam Telehealth Tool Now Available

March 7, 2023

As part of our continued commitment to improve access to care for all in our community, Community Health Center offers a convenient telehealth tool called SmartExam. Adult CHC patients can access the SmartExam any time of day or night. A Community Health Center provider will review the exam during walk-in hours (Monday-Thursday 8:00am-5:30pm and Friday 8:00am-5:00pm). Once the provider has reviewed and signed the exam, the patient will receive an email with their treatment plan, including prescriptions ordered, if appropriate. Providers may notify patients directly if they determine an in-person or video visit is necessary to diagnose their ailment.

Community Health Center is proud to offer this tool as a way to improve access to care. Though SmartExam won’t be a perfect fit for everyone and every situation, we hope the convenience will be welcomed by those who opt to use it.

SmartExam is available for a wide variety of ailments including:

Birth Control
Bladder Infection (UTI)
Erectile Dysfunction
Ear Pain
Low Back Pain
Mouth sore
Smoking Cessation
Sexually Transmitted Illness
Sty/Pink Eye
Upper respiratory illness
Yeast Infection

For additional information about SmartExam and getting started with this service, please click here.

If you have any questions about this service please contact Community Health Center at (508) 477-7090.