ARCH Resources Room
ARCH Resources Room

By operating a user-friendly, community-based health information center, ARCH assists individuals and families in actively participating in their health care. ARCH also supports the work of MGH HealthCare Centers and other community-based organizations by providing high-quality health education services for their patients and clients.

ARCH is supported by grants from the National Library of Medicine New England Region and works in collaboration with MGH Treadwell Library to provide the following services:

  • The ARCH Resources Room inside CHA
  • The ARCH website at www.arch-mgh.org
  • Hands-on training on how to use www.arch-mgh.org 
  • A self-directed tour to learn major features of the ARCH website
  • Requests from MGH clinicians and patients for health education materials
  • Requests from MGH clinicians and ARCH community partners for teaching materials including curricula
      
    With funding support from the National Library of Medicine New England Region, ARCH has implemented multiple community outreach projects in partnership with community-based organizations since 2002.  These projects focused on promoting onsite access to and utilization of the ARCH website through upgrading computer equipment for the partnering agencies and providing hands-on ARCH training for their staff and clients.

Public Health Nurses Project, 2002
Jack Satter House Project, 2004
Chelsea Square Apartment Project, 2005
CAPIC Head Start Project, 2007
Revere Elder Affairs Project, 2010
Chelsea Senior Center Project, 2012
JFK Family Service Center Project, 2014

2015 Outcomes

  • The ARCH website (arch-mgh.org) generated: 26,187 visits (Individual visitors were counted as visits each time they accessed the ARCH site) and 283,795 page views (Each individual page a visitor views is tracked as a page view).
  • ARCH processed approximately 150 requests for specific health education materials. Popular requests included “Thumbs Up for Healthy Food Choices”, the low-literacy nutrition booklet distributed by Neighborhood Health Plan, general teaching tools for healthy living, and clinical teaching tools for diabetes management.
  • ARCH gave 2 ARCH talks to promote importance of using high-quality health information and resources at the Chelsea Senior Center and Jack Satter House.
  • ARCH served on the CAPIC Head Start Health Service Advisory Committee and attended the two biannual meetings.
  • Arch assisted MGH SUDs Educational Sub-Committee in the development of mgharc.org. ARCH has been maintaining the Addiction Recovery Care site since November 2014.

For more information, please call 781-485-6400 or email arch@partners.org

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