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.
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.
|Organization Health||Year||Subregion||MAPC municipalities included in catchment|
|Boston CHNA/CHIP Collaborative||2019||ICC||Boston|
|North Suffolk CHNA||2019||ICC||Chelsea, Revere, Winthrop|
|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)
|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|