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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.
Tackling our communities' toughest health problems with measurable outcomes.
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 Mass General.
The Cancer and High Risk Specialty Patient Navigation program at MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center links patient navigators with high risk patients due for preventive cancer screenings, in need of follow up, diagnostic specialty or imagining appointments or patients who have been diagnosed with cancer.
The Charlestown Family Support Circle was designed by members of the Charlestown neighborhood to provide clinical case management and care coordination services to the community.
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 substance use and abuse for youth, adults and families through education, prevention and intervention strategies. The coalition also works to increase access to and resources for successful treatment and recovery from substance use disorders.
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).
The Fatherhood Program supports fathers and male care givers to children who are patients themselves or who have family members who are patients at MGH Chelsea.
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 Mass General 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.
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.
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.
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 Massachusetts General Hospital Community Health Associates’ Living TOBACCO-FREE Program 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 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 celebrated its 200th anniversary. As one of many important activities to mark this occasion, Mass General 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 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.
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.
Since 1991, Mass General 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.
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, Mass General 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 Mass General.
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 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 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 and 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.
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 Mass General.
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.