Our Programs: We work closely with community partners to develop programs that target complex health problems and long-standing conditions–- like violence, obesity, cancer and substance abuse--and improve the safety and wellbeing of our neighbors.
The ARCH program connects residents and professionals of Charlestown, Chelsea, Everett and Revere with high-quality, health-focused information services.
The Avon Breast Care Program serves patients at MGH Chelsea, Mattapan Community Health Center and Harbor Health Services. The program promotes screening, timely followup of abnormal findings and supports early detection and comprehensive treatment for patients with breast cancer.
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program assures access to the highest quality of care for homeless men, women, and children in metropolitan Boston. Multidisciplinary teams at BHCHP deliver direct care services in over 78 sites, including a site located within MGH.
Bridging the Gap seeks to improve the cultural competence of future physicians through individual work with immigrant or refugee families.
Celebrating Women, Living a Vibrant healthy Life has enjoyed great popularity in the communities since its first event in 2001.
The Cervical Health Program provides support services to patients who have had an abnormal Pap smear to ensure that they get follow-up diagnostic care in a timely way. Services include assistance with scheduling, transportation, and health insurance; education; and emotional support.
The Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition (CSAC) works to reduce substance abuse by changing community norms and attitudes, increasing the presence of law enforcement, advocating for additional treatment resources, and engaging in primary prevention within the public schools.
The Chelsea Substance Use Disorders Leadership Team strengthens protective factors and decreases risk factors to prevent substnce use and abuse for youth, adults and families through edication, prevention and intervention strategies/ the coalition also works to increase access to and resource for successful treatment and recovery from substance use disorders.
The MGH Center for Community Health Improvement provides funding for the Chelsea Police Department to prevent and intervene around violence for “newcomers” to the community, particularly newly arriving immigrants and refugees.
The Child Protection Consultation Team provides consultation and training to MGH clinical staff around suspected cases of child abuse or neglect in order to identify and intervene appropriately and to minimize the long-term effects.
The goal of the Colorectal Cancer Screening Program is to increase screening rates among MGH Chelsea patients and to reduce screening disparities between white and Latino patients.
For more than 30 years, Massachusetts General Hospital Community Health Associates (CHA) has supported the work of MGH Health Care Centers serving Charlestown, Chelsea, Everett, Revere, and the North End (affiliate) in delivering comprehensive, high quality, primary and preventive health services and health promotion to the low income and underserved populations living and working in these communities.
MGH Charlestown, MGH Chelsea, and MGH Revere provide confidential Family Planning services to adolescents and other eligible patients through grant support from Boston Action for Community Development (ABCD).
Food for Families identifies pediatric patients and their families in Chelsea and Revere who have experienced hunger and food insecurity and connects them to food resources that ensure access to healthy foods.
For MGH patients, employees, and community member who have experience intimate partners abuse, HAVEN offers direct services to help improve survivors’ health and safety, as well as their housing, employment, and financial circumstances.
Established in September 2008, the Health Education Planning Group seeks to enhance the role of health education in primary care practice at each of the MGH HealthCare Centers.
Healthy Beginnings expands home visiting services to vulnerable, high risk mothers and families and embeds child development specialists into well-child visits from the child's 0 - 3 years to support all parents (with or without previously identified risk factors).
Healthy Chelsea works to increase access to healthy and affordable foods, increase physical activity, and reduce hunger in Chelsea.
Revere CARES established the Healthy Relationship Initiative as recommended by the Healthy Adolescent Relationship Task Force after reviewing the results of the MGH CCHI Revere Community Health Assessment in 2012.
Healthy Steps for Young Children provides timely well child visits/ immunizations and increased parental knowledge of child development, healthy eating habits, and obesity prevention. In addition, the program seeks to improve access to care for all patients and their families. Healthy Steps has 662 families enrolled.
Through the Mass General Hospital health centers, the Hepatitis C Program monitors and coordinates services for patients who have tested positive for the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), and promotes awareness and education about HCV in the community.
The HIV/AIDS Clinical Case Management, based at MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center, provides bilingual English/Spanish services for HIV/AIDS patients and at-risk populations.
These programs ensure the well-being of refugees by providing culturally responsive health care, assisting with the integration of children and their families into schools, and improving the cultural competence of future physicians.
Legal Initiative for Children (LINC) improves the well-being of immigrant and refugee children through legal advocacy related to public benefits and housing.
The Medical Interpreters/Community Health Workers (MI/CHW) program aims to reduce barriers to health care for MGH Chelsea patients with limited English proficiency by providing high-quality linguistic and health system navigation services.
In 2011 Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) celebrated its 200th anniversary. As one of many important activities to mark this occasion, MGH renewed its commitment to the local community by creating the MGH Bicentennial Scholars Program, a birthday “gift” to the young people of Boston, Chelsea and Revere. The MGH Bicentennial Scholars Program supports college completion for youth who are interested in health and science careers, and is coordinated by the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI).
The MGH Community-Oriented Primary Care Resident elective provides community health curriculum for pediatric interns. The residents choose community health initiatives and use these ideas to conduct the thought experiment of how they would do a needs assessment, come up with an intervention, create a logic model, evaluate a project, and make the project sustainable. At year's end the residents write a grant application for their project.
In 2008 MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center opened a counseling and behavioral services center in the Bunker Hill Housing Development of the Boston Housing Authority focusing on addiction services.
The goals of the MGH Committee on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care are to identify and address racial and ethnic disparities in care at MGH to maximize health outcomes for all MGH patients.
The MGH Refugee School Program provides a continuum of care across multiple settings to ensure the well being of refugees and aslyees in Chelsea. To date, more than 315 refugee students have been served.
The MGH Revere Adolescent Health Initiative provides health services for young people ages 10 to 21 in Revere in order to promote healthy behaviors, reduce risk, and provide or refer patients to appropriate interventions.
The MGH Roca Youth Clinic introduces high-risk young people to the health care system with an age-appropriate and culturally sensitive approach to care, encourages young people to take a proactive role in making healthy life choices, and improves young people’s understanding of their health needs.
Senior HealthWISE (Wellness, Involvement, Support, and Education) enhances the health and well-being of seniors in Boston’s West End and Beacon Hill neighborhoods by addressing social, community, and acute health concerns.
MGH Youth Programs aim to educate young people in Boston from elementary through high school about health and science subjects and expose them to related careers in order to equip them with the knowledge and skills to excel in life and career. Boston hosts a highly diverse student population, 39% of whom are African American, 37% Hispanic, 13% Caucasian, and 9% Asian.
In partnership with the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) and school partners, MGH provides work-based career exploration and preparation for Boston high school students interested in pursing careers in health care and/or the sciences.
This program takes alumni of the MGH Youth Scholars Program through continued learning and professional development at MGH.
The MGH Pediatric Asthma Initiative is a quality improvement program. The Pediatric Asthma Registry, developed and maintained by the program, is now used for case identification and to offer reporting features for MGH Pediatric providers.
The Chelsea Pediatric Asthma Program improves the management of asthma for adolescent and pediatric patients, resulting in reduced emergency room visits and hospitalizations, and improved children’s health.
PACT provides crisis intervention to children who witness or have been victims of violence to reduce trauma and to ultimately interrupt the cycle of family violence.
The Prenatal Outreach Program provides support, health education, and other services to the diverse Chelsea patient population during pregnancy, and up to the first six weeks postpartum, to support a healthy pregnancy and engagement in primary care for both mother and child.
The goal of the Revere CARES coalition is to improve the well-being of Revere’s residents by preventing substance abuse and promoting healthy eating, active living, and healthy relationships.
Revere CARES’ Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) Initiative works to strengthen policies to limit access to ATOD and enforce consequences, change social norms, and increase alternative activities for youth in the community.
Revere on the Move, developed from the Food & Fitness Task Force of Revere CARES, was formed in 2008. ROTM's goals are increasing access to healthy, affordable foods; increasing physical activity; and reducing hunger in Revere.
MGH Chelsea and Revere HealthCare Centers operate a School-Based Health Center at Chelsea and Revere High Schools, respectively.
Smart Choices Program is designed to strengthen the capacity of agencies located in Charlestown through grant-making.
Stay in Shape is a free after-school program designed to promote awareness and inspire healthy living to prevent childhood obesity among adolescent students in the communities served by MGH HealthCare Centers.
STEM Clubs, Senior STEM Clubs and the Science Fair Mentoring program for Grades 7&8 provides a diverse group of young people with opportunities to engage in scientific inquiry, explore science and health careers, and build positive relationships with adult mentors.
Since 1991, MGH has employed students from East Boston High School, Timilty Middle School, Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, and other partner programs. Students from Revere and Chelsea High Schools and the Charlestown neighborhood now are part of the program.
The Massachusetts General Hospital Community Health Associates’ Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program (TCPP) works with MGH Community HealthCare Centers and community organizations to help people stop using tobacco products and to prevent youth and others from initiating tobacco use.
The TopCare program (Technology for Optimizing Population Care in a Resource-limited Environment) was established by MGH's General Medicine Department to increase cancer screening rates among vulnerable patients cared for in any primary care practice at MGH.
Violence-related injuries result in more than two million emergency department visits across the country per year, and have profound health and mental health effects.