Community Mission | Programs & Partners

Boston Children’s Hospital looks at all the health and non-health issues (also known as social determinants of health) that impact the lives and well-being of children and families. Boston Children’s meets these needs through its clinical services, programs and partnerships. 

These efforts bring together hospital and community resources to address health and racial disparities. This work benefits all children—not only our patients.  A few of our key programs are below:

The Community Asthma Initiative has been proven successful in helping children and their families to better manage asthma.  It's shown an 80 percent reduction in the percentage of patients with any asthma-related hospitalizations after participating in the program. To date, CAI has served a total of 1,632 children.

Recently, the Boston Children's primary care team began working with three Boston community health centers to support the implementation of asthma management strategies and best practices.

Through the Boston Children's Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships Program (CHNP), more than 1,300 children and adolescents receive behavioral health support and services in school sites. More recently, CHNP launched the Training and Access Project (TAP) to provide training and consultation to school staff around social-emotional development and behavioral health so they have a better capacity to directly support students.

In collaboration with 10 community health centers, the Fitness in the City Program provides case management services and support to more than 1,000 children to help maintain and achieve healthy weight.  60 percent of the patients in the program have decreased or maintained their Body Mass Index.

More than 340 children with learning, behavioral and/or social concerns receive support through the Advocating Success for Kids Program, which provides assessment, education and consultation for parents, teachers and school staff.

Boston Children’s focuses on the issues of mental and behavioral health, asthma, obesity and early childhood. However, we address many other community-identified health and social needs of children and families through our clinical care, programs and services and in collaboration with our partners. For more information, read our Community Health and Benefits Strategic Implementation Plan.

Partnerships are essential to Boston Children’s Hospital’s ability to achieve its community mission. Boston Children’s partners with:

  • Boston community health centers, Boston Public Schools and Boston Public Health Commission, the key organizations that make up the City of Boston’s child and family health infrastructure;
  • community health organizations to support efforts to address the most pressing community health needs;
  • business, civic and neighborhood organizations that address non-medical issues that impact the health of children and families.