Community Health Needs Assessments in the MAPC Region

Community Health Needs Assessments in the MAPC Region

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 local public health departments seeking national accreditation to conduct a CHA.

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.

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.

Figure 1 - Conceptual Illustration of Overlapping CHA Geographies
Figure 1 - Conceptual Illustration of Overlapping CHA Geographies

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.

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.

Image is a a map of the region MAPC serves, broken out into subregion.
Hospitals & Health Systems
Organization Health Year Subregion MAPC municipalities included in catchment
Boston CHNA/CHIP Collaborative 2019 ICC Boston
North Suffolk CHNA 2019 ICC Chelsea, Revere, Winthrop

*MAPC was involved in the North Suffolk CHNA

Brigham and Women's Hospital 2013, 2019 ICC Boston (priority neighborhoods: Dorchester, Jamica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hill, and Roxbury)
Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital 2013, 2019 ICC Boston (priority neighborhoods: Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Roslindale, and West Roxbury)
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 2013, 2019 ICC Boston (priority neighborhoods: Allston/Brighton, Bowdin/Geneva, Chinatown, Fenway/Kenmore, and Roxbury/Mission Hill)
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Milton 2013, 2019 ICC, SSC Primary: Milton, Quincy, and Randolph.

Secondary: Braintree, Canton, and Weymouth

Beverly Hospital 2019 NSTF Beverly, Danvers, Essex, Gloucester, Ipswich, Lynn, Manchester, Middleton, Rockport
Boston Medical Center 2013, 2019 ICC Boston
Boston Children's Hospital 2013, 2016, 2019 ICC Boston
Carney Hospital 2012, 2018 ICC, SSC Boston (Dorchester, Mattapan, South Boston, Hyde Park) Braintree, Milton, Quincy
Emerson Hospital  2018 MAGIC Acton, Bedford, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Harvard, Hudson, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Stow, Sudbury and Westford
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
(cancer specific in collab with BMC) 
2012, 2019 ICC Boston
Mass General Hospital 2012, 2019 ICC Boston
McLean Hospital 2019 ICC* Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, *Middleborough, Somerville, Waltham, and Watertown
Melrose Wakefield Healthcare (Formerly Hallmark Health System) 2016, 2019 ICC, NSPC Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Saugus, Stoneham, Wakefield
Lahey Hospital and Medical Center 2012, 2016, 2019 ICC, MAGIC, NSPC, NSTF Arlington, Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Lexington, Lowell, Lynnfield, and Peabody
Lawrence General Hospital 2013, 2019 NSTF Middleton
Marlborough Hospital 2013, 2019 MAGIC, MWRC, SWAP, TRIC Stow, Maynard, Hudson, Sudbury, Wayland, Marlborough, Framingham Natick, Southborough, Ashland, Hopkinton, Holliston, Sherborn, Millis, Medfield, Walpole, Norfolk, Wrentham, Foxborough
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary 2013, 2019 ICC Primary: Boston

Secondary: Cambridge, Brookline, Revere, Quincy, Somerville, Medford, Malden, Chelsea, Lynn, Everett, Arlington, Stoneham, Saugus, Melrose

Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown 2012 ICC Charlestown, Boston
Milford Regional Medical Center and Healthcare Foundation 2015, 2018 SWAP Bellingham,Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, Milford, Millis, Medfield, Norfolk, Wrentham
Mount Auburn Hospital 2012, 2018 ICC Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Belmont, Watertown, Waltham
New England Baptist Hospital 2013, 2019 ICC, TRIC Boston, Brookline, Dedham, Chestnut Hill
Newton-Wellesley Hospital 2014, 2018 ICC, MWRC Natick, Newton, Waltham, Wellesley, Weston
North Shore Medical Center 2012, 2018 NSTF, NSPC Danvers, Lynnfield, Peabody, Salem, Marblehead, Swampscott, Lynn, Nahant
Norwood Hospital 2012, 2018 TRIC, SWAP Canton, Dedham, Dover, Franklin, Foxborough, Medway, Medfield, Millis, Norfolk, Norwood, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole, Westwood
Quincy Medical Center 2012 ICC Quincy
Shriners Hospitals for Children 2018 ICC Boston
South Shore Hospital 2013, 2019 TRIC, SSC Canton, Norwood, Sharon, Quincy, Milton, Randolph, Braintree, Weymouth, Higham, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Stoughton, Holbrook, Rockland, Hanover, Pembroke, Duxbury, Marshfield,
Spaulding Hospital - Boston 2018 ICC Boston, Cambridge, Revere, Somerville, Medford, Chelsea, Lynn, Malden, Everett, Newton, Quincy, Brookline, Winthrop, and heavy focus on Charlestown
Spaulding Hospital - Cambridge 2019 ICC Boston (Dorchester), Cambridge, Waltham, Somerville, Revere, Medford, Lynn, Malden, Everett
St. Elizabeth Medical Center 2012, 2018 ICC, MWRC Boston (Allston, Brighton, Back Bay, West Roxbury), Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Weston
Tufts Medical Center 2013, 2019 ICC Boston (Chinatown, Dorchester, South Boston, and South End), Quincy
Winchester Hospital 2013, 2019 ICC, NSPC Wilmington, North Reading, Reading, Wakefield, Stoneham, Woburn, Winchester, Medford


Community Health Network Areas
Community Health Centers
Non-Profit Organizations