Center for Community Health Improvement
25 Years of Commitment, Collaboration and Connection
Our special report commemorates CCHI’s founding a quarter century ago. Learn more about our journey from 1995 through the present and our plans for moving forward as we look toward the next 25 years.
A Career Dedicated to Serving the Underserved and Driving Access to Health Care
Joan Quinlan, MPA, CCHI’s founding director, and current VP for community health at Mass General, shares the unexpected way in which she developed her career in community health, the initiatives that she helped Mass General develop and the thread of social justice that has run through her career.
$350,000 in Grants Awarded to Support Boston Youth
In partnership with the City of Boston Office of Recovery Services, we are supporting youth-serving agencies in their COVID-19 response efforts.
The social determinants of health—factors such as housing, education and employment—account for 80% of our health status.
Focusing on these social determinants, we seek to eliminate health inequities based on socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity. We leverage prevention, early intervention and treatment approaches that are measurable and have proven impact.
Mass General Community Health Needs Assessment 2019
In the fall of 2018, we embarked on a city-wide CHNA for the City of Boston and a regional collaborative in North Suffolk which includes Revere, Chelsea and Winthrop. Download the full Mass General CHNA report which includes Boston, North Suffolk and other cities and towns where we work.
Mass General Community Health Implementation Plan
The Mass General Community Health Implementation Plan (CHIP) is the road map to address community-identified public health challenges identified through the CHNA, both conducted triennially. This report is for 2019 through 2022.
CCHI supports a range of programs that reduce social and economic barriers for vulnerable patients, including community health workers, navigators and outreach programs.
Mass General Youth Programs provide more than 1,000 underrepresented students from grades 3 and up with opportunities in health and science with the goal of sparking college aspirations and beyond.
CCHI provides leadership and backbone support to four multisector coalitions in Revere, Charlestown, Chelsea and East Boston to address urgent health challenges like substance use, obesity and trauma.
Tackling issues like substance use, hunger, obesity or safety can seem overwhelming, but at CCHI, we believe in prevention and collaboration. With our community partners, we are working to make entire communities, not just individuals, healthier.
Executive Director, CCHI
89% of patients working with community health workers achieved health goals
improving medication adherence, connecting to community-based resources and increasing healthy behaviors like physical activity and healthy eating.
We work with 2,100+ youth in our core educational programs,
through our summer jobs program and with community youth groups.
Working with 200+ community partners, we serve more than 150,000 residents
in Charlestown, Chelsea & Revere.