Tuesday, July 1, 2014

MGH ARCH Program Partners with the John F. Kennedy Family Center


 For immediate release Contact: Ming Sun

Phone 781-485-6477       Email msun@partners.org

  MGH ARCH Program Partners with the John F. Kennedy Family Center  to Improve Access to Health Information and Resources

CHARLESTOWN – July 1, 2014 -- For more than a decade, the MGH ARCH Program has partnered with organizations in the community to meet their needs for high-quality health information and resources.  There have been eight projects since 2000.

The newest ARCH partner is the John F. Kennedy Family Service Center in Charlestown.  Currently, the Center’s major services include early childhood education, a community resource center, adult education and job-readiness programs, services for senior citizens and volunteers.  Through funding from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) they received nine new computers and three iPads from ARCH.

A goal of the project is to provide more health education and activities to the Center’s culturally and linguistically diverse clients. The project first introduced the ARCH website www.arch-mgh.org to the Center’s employees and trained groups of community members.  The Chinese-speaking seniors, who were part of the ARCH activity, were thrilled to learn that they could read about  health topics in their native language at NLM’s website www.medlineplus.gov

The ARCH website has a user friendly format so you don’t have to wade through thousands of online pages. It features highly respected and reliable health information websites.  Four of the  computers are in the Kennedy Center's community resource center, a welcoming place with a busy and fun activity calendar, conveniently located at 55 Bunker Hill Street.  

“Our staffs are busy working with clients of all ages, so for them to have the ability to access reliable online health information quickly is critical.  We are thrilled to participate in the ARCH grant.  The new computers are already making a big difference,” said Terry Kennedy, Director of the Kennedy Center.

MGH Community Health Associates (CHA), MGH Treadwell Library, Chelsea Health Department and MGH HealthCare Centers jointly established ARCH (Access to Resources for Community Health) which serves Charlestown, Chelsea, Everett and Revere.  CHA, now a division of MGH Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI), works closely with MGH HealthCare Centers to strengthen primary care service delivery to patients and communities. 

“Over the years ARCH, with its well vetted website www.arch-mgh.org , has reached out to the MGH served communities that need consumer health information and resources the most, such as senior citizens and low-income families with young children,” explained Treadwell’s Director, Elizabeth Schneider. “We are excited to see each ARCH outreach project provide the opportunity for all to more actively participate in health care.  By working together, we are making a difference in improving community health.”

For more information about ARCH, contact MGH Community Health Associates at (781) 485-6400 or arch@partners.org.

About the Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI)

CCHI www.massgeneral.org/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  50 programs that:

  • Reduce and prevent substance use disorders 
  • Intervene in the cycle of violence
  • Tackle the obesity epidemic by increasing access to healthy food and physical activity
  • Increase access to care for vulnerable populations such as immigrants and refugees, seniors, and homeless people
  • Prevent cancers through early detection and screening
  • Generate interest in science and health careers among youth



Ming Sun msun@partners.org

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