In Massachusetts, more than 1 million residents rely on community health centers as their primary care providers. The Kennedy Community Health Center is one of 38 federally qualified community health centers in the state.
WORCESTER — Stephen Kerrigan embraces challenges.
Kerrigan became president and CEO of the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in July 2019, and since then, and especially over the last seven months, the center has faced challenges, obstacles and changes. But it has also taken pride in the way it has continued to provide quality health care to its 29,000 patients throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
“Has the last year had some challenges?” Kerrigan, who grew up in Lancaster and graduated in 1989 from St. John’s High in Shrewsbury, said. “Sure, but as I say all the time to folks, ‘Challenges are just opportunities to do things a little differently.’”
In the United States, 1,400 community health