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To better understand current health needs in our community, Boston Children’s Hospital conducts a comprehensive needs assessment every three years. The hospital is currently completing its assessment for 2016. The findings inform the direction of our community mission and the scope of our community health work. It also helps to ensure that we are utilizing our resources and leveraging community partnerships in the most effective way.
Our last assessment was completed in 2013 and focused on Boston and specifically children and families living in our four priority neighborhoods—Roxbury, Mission Hill, Fenway and Jamaica Plain.
It had three goals:
1. evaluate the current health status of children and families
2. identify current health priorities as well as emerging health concerns
3. understand strengths, resources and gaps in health and health care services
Click here for the Summary Guide to our Community Needs Assessment completed in 2013.
We start by reviewing current data on social, economic and health indicators in Boston. For this assessment we also had data from the Boston Child Health Study, a survey conducted by the Boston Public Health Commission with support from Boston Children's. The heart of our assessment is direct and external feedback from community residents and stakeholders. We hold focus groups with residents and interview providers, elected officials and staff from community-based organizations and health centers. Their feedback is invaluable to our assessment process so we sincerely thank them for their time.
Our formal and comprehensive needs assessment is only one part of our approach to understanding the complex health needs and vital resources within our community. We are constantly listening and learning from our patient families, community leaders and Boston Children’s staff. We also rely on ongoing conversations with our key partners—community health centers and community-based organizations, as well as the Boston Public Health Commission and the Boston Public Schools.
Click here for a copy of the complete Community Health Needs Assessment report.
Boston Children’s addresses the health needs and issues identified in our assessment through its clinical care, services and programs and in collaboration with community partners. Click here for our Community Health and Benefits Plan.
Click here for a copy of the Boston Children's 2009 Community Health Needs Assessment Report.
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