Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Precinct Meetings Announced for Community Health Assessment in Charlestown



CHARLESTOWN January 17, 2012-- Later this month, the Charlestown Neighborhood Council and the Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard will host the first in a series of Precinct meetings for the Mass General/Spaulding Community Health Assessment.

The meeting for the residents of Precincts 2 and 3 will be held Tuesday, January 31 at the Constitution Inn on the 5th floor from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The BHA/Newtowne meeting will be held on Thursday, February 9 at the Kent School at 7 p.m. More meetings for the other precincts will be announced in the near future. Participants at each meeting will fill out a survey, and then participate in discussion groups.

Mass General and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospitals are conducting a community-wide assessment of health concerns in Charlestown over the next six months. The precinct meetings follow a community forum that was held on December 1 that identified several factors that define a healthy community, including low crime/safe neighborhoods, good schools/place to raise children and access to quality health care.

Although the MGH has long conducted health assessments in partnership with nearby communities, the new federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act now requires it of all nonprofit hospitals. The goal of the health assessments is to produce a comprehensive picture of Charlestown’s overall health and a plan to improve it. An assessment committee representing multiple sectors of Charlestown has been created to help guide the process. Once data are gathered, Charlestown residents will prioritize their health concerns and develop an action plan.

Residents interested in participating in a focus group discussion should look forward to the upcoming meeting in their precinct.

About the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital a 196-bed facility, located in Boston serves as main campus for the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network which includes Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod, two long term care facilities Spaulding Hospital Cambridge and Spaulding Hospital North Shore and two skilled nursing facilities, as well as twenty three outpatient sites throughout the Greater Boston area. Spaulding is a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School as well as the official rehabilitation hospital of the New England Patriots. Spaulding is the only rehabilitation hospital in New England continually ranked since 1995 by U.S. News and World Report in its Best Hospitals survey with a #5 ranking in 2011. For more information, please visit www.spauldingrehab.org.   

About the Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI)

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 35 programs that:

  • Reduce and prevent substance abuse 
  • 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


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