Empowering Youth
MGH Youth Programs Featured as IHI's 100 Million Healthier Lives Bright Spot
Our  MGH Youth Programs  are now being featured as a 100 Million Healthier Lives Bright Spot.

Click here for our live story, Investing in Youth .

The American Hospital Association ( AHA ) partnered with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement ( IHI )’s 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative to tell stories of progress in improving health.

We are so proud to join this "unprecedented collaboration aimed at systematically creating a community of solutions to challenges that stand in the way of achieving health, well-being and equity across the globe."
Youth Scholars Alumni Group Gathers for Annual Homecoming Event
More than 60 graduates of the MGH Youth Scholars (high school) Program who are now part of our Alumni Program took time out during their winter break to attend our annual Alumni Homecoming. Freshmen through seniors from local and not so local colleges came back to  Mass General  to reconnect with each other and our staff, talk about some of their challenges and aspirations, learn more about potential careers here and at Partners HealthCare, and enjoy lunch and a chat with Mass General President , Peter Slavin
Opinion - Private Public Partnerships are Key to Closing Boston's Educational Gap
The Boston Globe recently published a remarkable series called the Valedictorians Project which exposed significant educational inequities in Boston. Many of the issues raised in the project--inequity in education, lack of support and preparation for first generation college students, struggles with "belonging," and scarce financial resources--are all too familiar to those of us working to promote educational attainment for the city's young people. Joan Quinlan and CCHI Executive Director Leslie Aldrich weigh in, calling for stronger private public partnerships as one solution. Read more >>
Access to Care
Community Health YouTube Channel Launched
How does our team of community health workers at MGH Chelsea help reduce barriers to care and promote health equity for our most vulnerable patients? Click here or on the video above to learn more.

And there is more to come! We've just launched a new YouTube channel, and over the next couple of weeks, we'll be sharing more explainers about our work with community coalitions and youth programs. Stay tuned, and subscribe to our channel today!
Leadership
ECOCH Website Now Live
The Executive Committee on Community Health ( ECOCH ) is the governance, policy and oversight committee for community health here at Mass General. Learn more about the work of this important committee supporting the fourth leg of the hospital's mission by visiting our new website here .
Community Engagement  
CHNA-CHIP Status Report
Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA’s) are conducted every three years by Massachusetts hospitals and are critical to understanding and addressing urgent health issues in the community. As we've reported, the first ever Collaborative CHNA is now going on in Boston. The Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals (COBTH) is supporting the Collaborative comprised of teaching hospitals, the City of Boston, community health centers and community-based organizations. In Revere, Chelsea and Winthrop, Mass General is co-leading a collaborative assessment with the North Suffolk Public Health Collaborative .

Both initiatives are currently launching into primary data collection, which includes surveys, focus groups, and key informant interviews. Both are continuing to work on secondary data collection which means collecting data from the MA Department of Public Health and the Boston Public Health Commission, as well as the census, Department of Education, and the like. We’re working with ambitious timelines and will keep you informed as these important initiatives progress, so stay tuned.
Advocacy
Coming Together to Support Immigrants
"We stand with our immigrant patients, co-workers and communities. Nobody should have to choose between staying in this country or visiting the doctor.” Read the commentary by Mass General physicians, Jess Zeidman and Jo Henderson-Frost and their colleagues from Boston Medical Center and the Cambridge Health Alliance in WBUR’s Cognoscenti . Drs. Zeidman and Henderson-Frost are leaders of the MGH Immigrant Health Coalition .
MGH Chelsea Health Center leadership joined with the Lawyers for Civil Rights in opposition to the administration's proposed "public charge rule" which could force people to choose between basic necessities and permanent residency. Read the full press release here .

Mass General and LCR have had a 15 year medical-legal partnership through our LINC program.
Impact
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Clients struggling with addiction were connected to resources through the Charlestown Coalition's Community Navigator last year.