Nurse Led – Peer Driven

We empower women living with, affected by, or at risk for HIV


“HOCC has a unified, positive vibe – nurse involvement – balanced with peer involvement – a wonderful network for women to be supported to live life in a positive way and pass what we learn forward to our HOCC sisters, family, and community.” 

–HOCC participant for 12 years/April, 2020



Welcome to Healing Our Community Collaborative (HOCC)

The Healing Our Community Collaborative, fondly known as HOCC, has been providing HIV health education and prevention programs for over  3,500 women living with, affected by, or at risk for HIV/AIDS in the Greater Boston area and throughout Massachusetts since 1997. As a small voluntary, nurse-led, peer-driven grassroots non-profit organization, HOCC remains the leader of a community of women reaching out to their peers to reduce the social determinants of health including societal inequities to accessing optimal health care and services that have historically, had a direct negative impact on our community of women. All of HOCC’s programs are for women, by women, about women and an important priority for HOCC is to work toward eliminating health disparities by educating and empowering women to work together toward social change.