The Executive Committee on Community Health (ECOCH) is pleased to announce its 2018 grant awards. Five awards were given to three clinical departments that proposed creative, innovative ways of incorporating community health and health equity into their work:   

Community and Clinician Education about Firearm Safety and Gun Violence Prevention by Chana Sacks, MD, MPH and Peter Masiakos, MD (Medicine/Surgery).  This project aims to advance the education of physicians from the Departments of Medicine and Surgery in the field of gun violence prevention and improve resources for patients in firearm safety and gun violence prevention.

Optimized Health-Related Social Needs Screening and Community Linkages: Implications for Closing the Gap and Achieving Health Equity by Wendy Macias-Konstantopoulos, MD, MPH and Margaret Samuels-Kalow, MD, MPhil, MSHP (Emergency Medicine).  Will test different modes of SDoH (social determinants of health) screening in the ED.

Urban Scholarly Project: NP Student Home Visits in Charlestown by Lydecke Sweet, MD and Antonia Makosky, DNP, MPH (Medicine/MGH Charlestown). Will provide weekly nurse practitioner student visits to elderly/homebound Charlestown residents.

Charlestown Crossroads Resource Center by James Morrill, MD, PhD and Anne Murray-Chiriboga, MD (Medicine/MGH Charlestown/NEW Health Charlestown). Through a newly formed partnership between MGH Charlestown and NEW Health Charlestown, a centralized community drop-in resource center will be established to address the needs of Charlestown residents and families.

Understanding Implicit Biases and the Level of Health Disparity Awareness within the Department of Surgery and the Broader MGH Community by Maryam Bita Tabrizi, MD, FACS (Surgery). This project strives to expand efforts within the Department of Surgery to increase awareness and interest in tackling healthcare disparities.

Congratulations to the awardees!