Crimson Care Collaborative (CCC) is a student-faculty collaborative clinic that provides primary care services to the greater Boston population through several clinical sites, interprofessional education to Harvard Medical School, Harvard College, and Massachusetts General Hospital's Institute for Health Profession students, and quality research in systems design and working with diverse communities.

The Crimson Care Collaborative is composed of several sites. Each of these sites collaborate and execute centralized functions through the Umbrella Board. Such functions include CCC-wide research and educational projects, quality improvement measurement, staffing, social media outreach, and community building activities. The Umbrella Board is made up of core faculty members, student representatives from each site, and a student lead for each team. The Umbrella Board is led by Student Co-Directors who are responsible for organizing board meetings, liaising with stakeholders, and supporting the work of other board members.


The mission of the Crimson Care Collaborative is to provide an enriching clinical, research, and interprofessional educational environment for health professional students to meet the primary care needs of our communities in the Greater Boston area.


CCC was founded in 2009 as a collaboration between Harvard Medical School students, the John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation, and the Internal Medicine Associates (IMA) at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. As the first student-faculty collaborative practice at HMS, the clinic was created to address the challenges that many patients face while trying to find long-term primary care.

These challenges include both accessing clinical care and being connected to social services to help them overcome social barriers to health. Since its founding, the clinic has grown to a variety of sites, each serving a unique patient population: IMA, Revere, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Cambridge Health Alliance, and Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. CCC provides educational opportunities to hundreds of volunteers across Harvard’s undergraduate and graduate populations, including Harvard College, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Dental School, and the MGH Institute of Health Professions.