Friday, December 12, 2008

CCHI honored with All-Chelsea Award

Since its founding 13 years ago, the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI) – formerly known as the MGH Community Benefit Program – has collaborated with underserved local communities to make measurable improvements on health issues identified by the communities as priorities. On Dec. 2, one of these communities – the city of Chelsea – paid tribute to the center for this work, honoring CCHI with an All-Chelsea Award at a ceremony at City Hall. The award was presented by City Manager Jay Ash.

The All-Chelsea Awards, now in their seventh year, are presented annually to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to improving the city. CCHI was honored as Contributing Stakeholder of the Year. In Chelsea, CCHI’s work takes place primarily through the MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center’s Community Health Team, which focuses on violence intervention, eliminating disparities and improving access for vulnerable populations, especially immigrants and refugees.

“The CCHI is honored to have received this recognition from the Chelsea community,” says Joan Quinlan, director of CCHI, who accepted the award with members of MGH Chelsea’s Community Health Team. “We at the MGH and CCHI have learned an enormous amount about partnering with communities in a way that respects their expertise and knowledge. It has been a privilege to work with the community of Chelsea these past 13 years.”

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