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Working with our community and hospital partners, the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Community Health Improvement brings together the people and resources to address challenging health problems--and promote policy and system change--that will foster measurable and sustainable improvement.
The Mass General Hospital Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI) builds relationships and works with community partners to make measurable, sustainable improvement on some of our toughest health problems.
Good health begins with healthy communities that have access to healthy foods, safe places for children to play and positive activities for teens. Communities must also have access to a health care system with programs to prevent, screen for and treat conditions such as asthma, obesity, cancer, domestic violence and substance abuse. To achieve these ends takes a collaborative approach.
The process starts with assessing the needs of the community through a participatory engagement, identifying priority health challenges, then determining which evidence-based approaches will most effectively meet the community’s needs.
Working together with the community, CCHI uses three approaches to address community health priorities:
We have measurable outcomes included in each program description.
CCHI carries out its work in Chelsea, Revere and Charlestown, where Mass General has maintained health care centers for more than 40 years. CCHI programs also work with Boston youth and special populations such as the homeless, immigrants and refugees to improve their health status. Since 1995, CCHI has partnered with the communities it serves to assess needs and to create 40 programs that:
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