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Community Health Needs Assessments in the MAPC Region

Community Health

Community health assessments (CHAs) are becoming more and more ubiquitous.  Most prominently, the IRS now mandates that tax-exempt hospitals perform community health needs assessments every three years. Similarly, through a program launched in 2011, the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) requires CHAs for public health departments seeking national accreditation.

Not only are CHAs required for hospitals and public health departments, but health maintenance organizations (HMOs), federally qualified community health centers, community action agencies (CAAs), community development financial institutions (CDFIs), and even Massachusetts’s transportation projects can be required to conduct similar, if not the same, health assessments.

All of these cross-sectoral players performing health assessments lead to a confusing, often overlapping and duplicative environment of community health profiles.

(Figure 1 – Conceptual Illustration of Overlapping CHA Geographies).

In the Greater Boston region, many organizations required to perform CHAs, as well as those that work with the assessments, have started to recognize the overlap among the various organizations’ work. These same organizations, as well as others who see the value in the CHA process and outputs, are now considering possible opportunities to collaborate, reduce redundancies, and maximize impact.

Community Health Assessments

MAPC has collected CHAs in the Greater Boston region in an effort to understand the landscape better and make the information more accessible.

The following table contains CHAs by Community Heatlh Network Areas (CHNAs), Health Centers, Health Foundations, Hospitals/Hospital Systems, the state (MA DPH), and Municipalities. It is a working inventory and we look forward to updating and adding to this table as additional assessments are identified.

 Community Health Network Areas: Boston Alliance for Community Health, 2014 (Appendix)
West Suburban Community Health Network Area, 2011
Northwest Suburban Health Alliance, 2011
Regional Center for Healthy Communities (Metrowest), 2011
Blue Hills Community Health Alliance, 2011
The Greater Brockton Community Network Health Area, 2010
South Shore Community Partners in Prevention, 2011
 Health Centers: Codman Square Health Center, 2013
Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center, 2015
 Health Foundations: MWHF MetroWest Region 2016
MWHF MetroWest Region 2013
 Hospitals and Hospital Systems: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 2016Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 2013
Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, 2016Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, 2013
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 2016Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 2013
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Milton, 2016Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Milton, 2013
Beverly Hospital, 2016 (includes Addison-Gilbert Hospital)
Boston Medical Center, 2016
Boston Medical Center, 2013
Boston Children’s Hospital, 2013
Carney Hospital, 2016
Carney Hospital, 2012
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 2016 (Preliminary) Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 2012
Massachusetts General Hospital 2016: Adolescent SubstanceUse and Mental Health
Massachusetts General Hospital 2015
Massachusetts General Hospital 2012
McLean Hospital, 2016
Hallmark Health System, 2016
Hallmark Health System, 2013
Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, 2016
Lahey Health, 2012 Executive Summary and Final Report
Lawrence General Hospital, 2013
Marlborough Hospital, 2013
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, 2016

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, 2013

Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, 2012
Milford Regional Medical Center and HealthCare Foundation, 2015
Mount Auburn Hospital, 2016
Mount Auburn Hospital, 2012
New England Baptist Hospital, 2016

New England Baptist Hospital, 2013

Newton-Wellesley Hospital, 2015
North Shore Medical Center, 2012
Norwood Hospital, 2015
Norwood Hospital, 2012
Quincy Medical Center, 2012 (closed 2014)
Shriners Hospitals for Children – Boston, 2016
South Shore Hospital 2016 (Summary of Findings 2016)

South Shore Hospital, 2013 (Appendix A) (Appendix B)

Spaulding Hospital Cambridge, 2016
St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, 2012
Tufts Medical Center, 2016

Tufts Medical Center, 2013

Winchester Hospital, 2016

Winchester Hospital, 2013

Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Massachusetts State Health Assessment, 2010
Massachusetts State Health Improvement Plan, 2014
 Municipalities:  Cambridge, 2014
Framingham, 2015
Gloucester, 2007
 Non-Profit Organizations Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC)

Questions? Comments?

For more information and to propose changes, please contact Public Health Manager Barry Keppard or any member of the Public Health team at MAPC.