Office of Community Health

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The OCH is responsible for understanding current and emerging community-identified health needs and how to best address those needs by bringing together hospital and community-based resources.  The OCH role includes:
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  • Supporting Boston community health centers to improve access to care for patients in neighborhood setting

  • Developing Boston Children’s at Martha Eliot as a site of excellence in providing high quality health care for pediatric patients and offering community programs to address critical community needs

  • Engaging and supporting with staff involved in community health related programs and services across the hospital

  • Supporting community partnerships to build capacity and broaden the hospital’s reach and impact

  • Maintaining strong relationships with community, city and advocacy leaders

  • Creating transparency about the hospitals’ community activities through its communication and reporting efforts

  • Influencing changes to improve care and support for children and families

  • Managing and reporting on the hospital’s investments in community health

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Community Health Milestones

Click here to view a list of Boston Children's key milestones in community health.

Our Values

Partnership

We value working collaboratively and in partnership with the community.  We will develop strong relationships with organizations and groups that care for children and families because we believe that we work best together to meet the needs of children and families.

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Patient -and community centered

Our community health programs, services and partnerships are focused on children and families.  We want to provide care and services in the settings where children live and learn.

Transparency

We value integrity and we will work to widely share information about Boston Children’s approach to meeting community needs and the impact of our community health programs and services.

Innovation

We tackle the most pressing community health issues the same way we would treat any disease –with innovative approaches based on best practices.

Excellence

We believe in excellence in everything that we do from listening to community residents about their concerns, providing services in schools or in community settings and building relationships with our partners.

Respect

We trust and respect the diversity of opinions and experiences of our multi-cultural, racial and ethnic community.

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Meet our Team

Shari Nethersole, MD
Medical Director for Community Health
617-919-3059

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Jessica Clement
Communications Coordinator
617-919-3061

Deborah Dickerson
Director of Community Health Initiatives
617-919-3056

Jennifer Fine
Communications Manager
617-919-3057

Dondrea Jackson
Executive Assistant
617-919-3052

Stacy Leavens
Program Coordinator
617-919-3304

John Riordan
Director of Community Partnerships
617-919-3064

Victor Shopov
City Government and Community Relations Manager
617-919-3054

Stacy Walker
Manager of Finance, Operations and Community Health Center Relations
617-919-3067

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Contact Us

Office of Community Health
Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue, Landmark, 6th Floor East
Boston, MA 02115

Main Phone: 617-919-3055
Fax: 617-919-3118

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