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:

  • Addressing health disparities and supporting efforts to improve population health

  • Building capacity and strengthening community health centers

  • Identifying and stewarding resources and support for community health

  • Engaging, supporting and evaluating community programs and services enterprise-wide to address community needs

  • Supporting Boston Children’s at Martha Eliot as a cornerstone for community health

  • Leveraging and supporting community partnerships to broaden reach and impact

  • Maintaining strong relationships with community and city leaders and organizations

  • Fostering the hospital's reputation as a committed community partner through communications and reporting activities

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


Community Health Milestones

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

Our Values


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


Meet our Team

Shari Nethersole, MD
Executive Director for Community Health


Ayesha Cammaerts
Manager of Program and Population Health

Jessica Clement
Communications Coordinator

Deborah Dickerson
Director of Family, Youth and Community Programs

Jennifer Fine
Communications and Project Manager

Hannah Legerton, MSW, MPH
Program Coordinator

Rebeckah Orsatti
Executive Assistant

John Riordan
Director of Community Relations and Partnerships

Stacy Walker
Manager of Health Center Relations and Health Operations


Contact Us

Office of Community Health
Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue, BCH 3173
Boston, MA 02115

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

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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