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To determine community health improvement needs and prioritize goals, the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Community Health Improvement works with community stakeholders to conduct regular community health needs assessments. The results provide a road map that guides and focuses our work.
Massachusetts General Hospital has a long-standing commitment to see that everyone has access to the quality care they need, regardless of their ability to pay. The Center for Community Health Improvement extends this practice to Charlestown, Chelsea, Everett and Revere through their local MGH HealthCare Centers.
Our youth programs at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Community Health Improvement are designed to engage young minds in STEM (science, health, technology and math) and provide students--from elementary school through high school and college completion--with the opportunities to learn the skills they need to chart a career and succeed in life.
Health assessments point to substance use disorders (SUDs) as the single most important issue in the communities we serve. The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Community Health Improvement takes a comprehensive and innovative approach to SUDs with community-based prevention and strong connections and linkages among inpatient, outpatient and community-based services throughout Greater Boston.
Obesity is a national epidemic and occurs disproportionately in low income communities and communities of color. The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Community Health Improvement takes an environmental approach to this challenge, supporting community-organized efforts to change the conditions that lead to unhealthy behaviors.
Cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities contribute to a higher-than-state-average incidence and mortality of cancer in some of our neighboring communities. The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Community Health Improvement partners with the Mass General Cancer Center to improve outreach, education and prevention, helping at-risk patients overcome barriers to screening and care.
Violence is prevalent in our communities--and in the home--and creates profound health and mental health effects. The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Community Health Improvement works with community leaders, and through Mass General's Emergency Department, to help violence victims recover from physical and emotional trauma, empowering them with skills, services and opportunities to make positive changes in their lives.