Important health care information and valuable resources are just a click away for thousands of local seniors and low-income residents, thanks to the MGH Access to Resources for Community Health (ARCH) Program.

Serving communities with the click of a link

18/Jul/2014

HELPING HAND: Ming Sun, health educator for MGH Community Health Associates, left, shows vistors how to navigate the website.

Important health care information and valuable resources are just a click away for thousands of local seniors and low-income residents, thanks to the MGH Access to Resources for Community Health (ARCH) Program. For the last 14 years, ARCH has partnered with community organizations on eight projects to provide high-quality health information and resources to residents who do not have easy access to a home computer.

The newest ARCH partner is the John F. Kennedy Family Service Center in Charlestown, which offers early childhood education, a community resource center, adult education and job-readiness programs, as well as services for senior citizens. Through funding from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the Kennedy Center recently received nine new computers and three iPads from ARCH. A project goal is to provide more health education and activities to the center’s culturally and linguistically diverse clients through the ARCH website.

"The site has user-friendly links to highly-respected and reliable health information websites, so users do not have to sort through scores of online pages,” said Elizabeth Schneider, ARCH principle investigator and director of the Treadwell Library. “The Chinese-speaking seniors were thrilled to learn they could read about health topics in their native language by accessing the link to the NLM website.”

MGH Community Health Associates (CHA), MGH Treadwell Library, Chelsea Health Department and the MGH health care centers jointly established ARCH to serve Charlestown, Chelsea, Everett and Revere. As a division of MGH Center for Community Health Improvement, CHA works closely with the health care centers to strengthen primary care service delivery to patients and communities.

“With its well-vetted website, Arch is serving the communities that need consumer health information and resources the most,” said Schneider.

For more information about ARCH, visit www.arch-mgh.org



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