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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Part of assessment process to identify Quality of Life issues in Revere
Contact: Susan Leahy, Communications Manager Miles Lang-Kennedy
MGH Center for Community Health Improvement City of Revere
(617) 643-5288 office email@example.com (781)-286-8110
(617) 312-5229 cell (339)-227-0660
REVERE RESIDENTS URGED TO ATTEND COMMUNITY HEALTH FORUM
REVERE— April 25, 2012— Revere residents are urged to attend the upcoming Community Health Forum on Wednesday, May 9 at Rumney Marsh Academy located at 140 American Legion Highway in Revere. The Forum begins at 5:30 p.m. with a light dinner, and babysitting will be provided. The Community Health Forum is part of the ongoing Community Health Assessment sponsored by the City of Revere, MGH and an expanded Revere CARES Steering Group.
Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo thanked Revere residents for taking part in the recent survey to identify the health issues that are important to them. “The Community Health Forum provides us with an opportunity to present the health issues you identified and to determine which of these issues we should address. We want Revere residents to tell us what they think will make Revere a healthier community,” the Mayor said.
Kitty Bowman, director of the Revere CARES coalition, said the Community Health Forum is an important part of the assessment process. “At the Forum, we will review the data with the community and talk with people to be sure we are addressing the public health issues that matter most to them.”
For 17 years the MGH has conducted health assessments in partnership with Revere, mostly through Revere CARES, and now the new federal health care act requires all nonprofit hospitals to do community health assessments every three years. The goal of the health assessments is to produce a comprehensive picture of Revere’s overall health and a plan to improve it, taking into consideration the social determinants of health-- those economic and social conditions under which people live which determine health. The assessment process aims to answer the questions “What is the quality of life in our community?” and “What are the most important health factors affecting Revere residents today?”
When completed, the results from the Revere community health assessment will be available to individuals and organizations throughout the community. Those parts of the action plan that engage MGH must be approved by the MGH Board of Trustees. Mass General will not be able to address every issue, but other organizations may be able to use the information in this report to guide their existing work or help write grants and obtain funding to tackle some of the identified issues not currently being worked on. The ideal is that collectively we can continue to address the issues that matter most to residents and therefore help improve the community’s overall health.
About the Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI)
CCHI carries out its work in Chelsea, Revere, and Charlestown, where MGH has maintained healthcare centers for more than 40 years, as well as in Boston among youth, homeless persons and seniors. CCHI has partnered with the communities it serves to assess needs and create more than 35 programs that:
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