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As part of its plans for Transforming Tomorrow, Boston Children's will be making a significant investment in
community health efforts.
The Office of Community Health hosted Talk To Us, a series of community meetings this summer with residents
to get their feedback on how the hospital can best use these funds.
In total, six community meetings were held and over 170 people participated. Meetings were held at the East
Boston Public Library, ABCD Mattapan Family Service Center, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Boston
Centers for Youth and Families in Roxbury, the Dorchester YMCA and the Cleveland Community Center in
Dorchester. We also held three focus groups including one with only youth. Everyone who participated was
invited back for a final meeting on Thursday, September 29 to review ideas from across the city.
Boston Children's will continue working with its external Advisory Group, which includes representatives from the
Department of Public Health and many community groups as well as residents, to review the feedback
generated. The community’s feedback will inform the hospital's plans for distributing the funds.
You are welcome to keep sending your ideas by emailing TalkToUs@childrens.harvard.edu.
Special thanks to Interpreter Services for helping to translate the materials in 8 different languages and for
providing interpreters at every meeting!
Below are a few photos so you can see what happened at the meetings.
Boston Children’s used external facilitators to make sure that community voices were heard and well represented.
Above, Jeremy Phillips (far left) led participants through a series of exercises to get everyone
The meetings all featured a similar format. Participants shared their stories and then broke into small groups.
Participants were asked to brainstorm ideas and answer the question, “Our communities are healthiest when...”
Roosevelt Smith (left), another facilitator, listens in on a small group discussion.
Using trees as a metaphor for a healthy community, participants identified the “branches” needed for good health
and then filled in the “roots” for what promotes community health.
These exercises helped residents to prioritize goals and needs.
The Office of Community Health plans to continue communication with everyone who participated and will report
back on what has been learned and the process.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”