It has been an intense spring of growth and development - all exciting - and summer shows no signs of letting up. Let me hit some of the highlights:
The Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals
(COBTH) launched a groundbreaking collaboration of the Boston hospitals, the
Boston Public Health Commission and others, to jointly assess and address community health needs. This collaboration affords us the opportunity to have significantly greater impact on the health of the residents of Boston, Chelsea and Revere. While the assessment does not take place until 2019, planning is already underway!
And, speaking of
COBTH, the MGH Executive Committee on Community Health
(ECOCH) is behind another COBTH collaboration that launched this spring - an effort for the Boston hospitals to collect social determinants of health in common and to share data for greater impact. This initiative is being supported by
Partners Community Health and led by Partners Chief Quality Officer
Dr. Tom Sequist.
CCHI is contributing to an effort led by
Population Health Management to develop an Accountable Care Organization
(ACO) for patients on MassHealth
Sarah Oo, Director of Community Health Improvement at MGH Chelsea, will co-chair with
Dr. Rose Kakoza from
Brigham and Women's Hospital, an effort to develop a comprehensive community health worker program.
Danelle Marable, CCHI Director of Evaluation,
Ann-Marie Duffy-Keane, Director of Community Health Associates (a division of CCHI), and others are on an advisory group around collecting the social determinants of health.
I serve as one of three hospital representatives on
Attorney General Maura Healey's task force to update the community benefit guidelines for hospitals and payers. In that role, I not only represent MGH, but also COBTH, as the co-chair.
Our coalitions are busy preparing for a visit this Thursday, June 29th, from
Acting Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Mr. Baum is interested in the role MGH CCHI has played in sustaining these coalitions over time.
Boston Public Health Commission is in the midst of developing a comprehensive substance use prevention plan for youth. BPHC was inspired to do so because of funds they will receive as a result of an MGH Determination of Need payment. CCHI Associate Director
Leslie Aldrich and I, as well as Coalition Directors
Sylvia Chiang and
Joanna Cataldo, are all participating in the process which was kicked off by
Mayor Marty Walsh at City Hall in late March.
Twenty-five CCHI staff participated in five 2 hour sessions of the YW Boston Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity. We explored racism in all its forms from interpersonal to institutional to systemic and how it plays out in our workplaces and communities. This was the most meaningful time I have spent in a while. Thanks to Christy Egun, our Director of Boston Partnerships, for her leadership in this effort. Stay tuned for our action plan.
Finally, congratulations to
Joy Rosen, Vice President of Behavioral Health, who was honored by the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health with their
Spirit of Compassion Award. Among her many accomplishments, Joy plays a role in overseeing CCHI.
And, that's not all. Read on as we have more exciting things happening at CCHI and in our communities!
Vice President, Community Health