|Founder||Northeastern University students|
|Boston, Massachusetts, United States & national|
|Method||health care, research and advocacy|
|M. Jane Powers (Interim CEO)|
Fenway Health, officially named Fenway Community Health Center, Inc., is an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) health care, research and advocacy organization founded by Northeastern University students and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.
In 1971, Northeastern University students opened a drop-in center in the basement of a building owned by the Christian Science Church. They named the center the Fenway Community Health Center and staffed it with volunteer medical students. By 1973, demand had grown to the point where Fenway incorporated as a freestanding health center and sought a larger space at 16 Haviland Street. Today, this space serves as Fenway: Sixteen, the home of Fenway’s HIV Counseling, Testing & Referrals Program, Health Navigation Services, Helplines, and gay and bisexual men’s health programs. The 16 Haviland Street location has since been closed as Fenway continues its attempts at reaching a broader audience than its traditional LGBT+ clients. In 1978, the center became fully licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Fenway became involved in treating HIV/AIDS patients in the early 1980s. In 1981, Fenway made the first diagnosis of AIDS in New England. Fenway’s involvement with advocacy and HIV/AIDS research led to its 1994 selection by the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases as one of eight sites recruiting participants for the first clinical trials of an HIV vaccine.
In 2001, Fenway launched The Fenway Institute, a national interdisciplinary center dedicated to ensuring cultural competence in health care for the LGBT community through research and evaluation, training and education, and policy and advocacy.
Fenway's current Ansin Building home at 1340 Boylston Street in Boston opened its doors in 2009. At ten stories and 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2), it is the largest LGBT health and research facility in the United States.
In December 2017, Fenway's CEO, Steven Boswell, resigned due to his handling of complaints about a prominent doctor who allegedly sexually harassed and bullied staff members of the health clinic. Boswell reportedly ignored a recommondation by an independent law firm to fire the doctor with numerous complaints of harassment. The center's board appointed M. Jane Powers, Fenway’s director of behavioral health, as interim CEO, while a search is conducted for a permanent replacement.
In 2007, the American College of Physicians published The Fenway Guide to LGBT Health, edited by Dr. Harvey Makadon, Dr. Kenneth Mayer and Hilary Goldhammer of the Fenway Institute at Fenway Health, and Dr. Jennifer Potter of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. "We realized this was an important area that wasn't being covered," Dr. Steven Weinberger, senior vice president for medical education and publishing of the American College of Physicians, said in an interview at the time. "It has not been taught in medical school...it sort of falls through the cracks in terms of the standard curriculum."
- "Fenway Health 2010 Form 990" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- "M. JANE POWERS, MSW, LICSW". Retrieved 2017-12-11.
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- "What the American Health Care Act means for LGBT people and people living with HIV" (PDF). Fenway Health. Fenway Health. Retrieved 30 April 2017.