A Call to Community Service
Our community-based partners are vital to Massachusetts General Hospital’s efforts to address the opioid crisis. As a part of this important work, we have created a team of nurses, physicians, experts and other health care professionals representing disciplines across the hospital who are available to consult with providers treating patients with substance use disorders.
We have forged connections with providers in affected communities, hired recovery coaches who themselves are in some stage of recovery, and made new services for addiction prevention and treatment available in our health centers in Chelsea, Revere and Charlestown. In recognition of our efforts, Mass General was awarded the prestigious 2015 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service.
The Mass General/Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO) Opioid Task Force has developed best practice guidelines for the compassionate and responsible management of patient pain in a variety of health care settings. The guidelines offer recommendations for prescribing opioids for both chronic and acute pain.
Addressing social determinants of health requires more than medical care in underserved communities where social and economic factors have a greater impact on health status. Health care cannot tackle these challenges alone, but we can convene key partners and stakeholders from multiple sectors across the community and bring our collective resources to bear.
Vice president for Community Health and director of the Mass General Center for Community Health Improvement