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Boston Children's Community Mission

Boston Children’s Hospital’s community mission is to improve the health and well-being of children and families in our local community. The Office of Community Health brings together hospital and community resources to address health disparities, improve health outcomes, and promote health equity. This role includes:

  • working with community partners to support families and address the social determinants of health
  • understanding the greatest health and non-health concerns for families in our local community and identifying the best ways for the hospital to address those issues
  • coordinating and stewarding resources to implement programs and efforts in the areas of mental and behavioral health, obesity, asthma, and early childhood
  • building capacity and strengthening relationships with Boston community health centers
  • leveraging partnerships with key community and city organizations including the Boston Public Schools, Boston Public Health Commission, and other local groups
  • supporting Boston Children’s at Martha Eliot in its efforts to care for children and families, as well as those living in the surrounding community
  • implementing community programs and services from across the hospital to address community needs
  • communicating and reporting about the hospital's community health efforts and partnerships
  • influencing policy and practice to improve care and support for children and families
  • overseeing the hospital’s investment in community-based programs and efforts to improve child health through its Determination of Need (DoN) Community Health Initiative Process

Boston Children’s Hospital was one of the first academic medical centers in the country to expand the traditional missions of patient care, teaching, and research to embrace a fourth mission — community. These efforts have evolved from targeted services that reached smaller numbers of children and families to innovative models that have been proven to improve health outcomes and address health disparities.

Boston Children’s community efforts are focused on offering programs and partnering with others that offer support and services that benefit children and families in Boston, specifically those which are the most affected by the social determinants of health (issues that impact someone’s overall health such as the consequences of poverty, living in unstable or unsuitable housing, being unemployed or underemployed, and being exposed to violence). While these initiatives primarily benefit Boston area families, Boston Children’s is proud that these programs have informed other efforts, policies and changes in care that improve the lives of children and families across Massachusetts and the US.

Read our most recent Annual Report.

Support for Remote Learning and Outdoor Activities for Youth through the Collaboration for Community Health

Due to COVID, families have had to bear unprecedented hardships. It has especially difficult for those children and families living in low-income neighborhoods, who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID. In direct response to challenges facing families two funding opportunities were released through the Collaboration for Community Health.

Click HERE for a list of our funded partners. 

Understanding community health needs

Mental and behavioral health, obesity and asthma are top health concerns that Boston Children’s consistently hears about directly from families, community organizations and other providers.  Families also struggle in getting access to healthy food and identifying free, low-cost physical activities, finding and maintaining stable and affordable housing, and express wanting to feel safe in their neighborhoods. To better understand these health and social issues and identify the best ways for Boston Children’s to address them, the hospital completes an assessment of child and community concerns every three years. The findings inform our plans for how to best use hospital resources, leverage partnerships and implement successful approaches which are detailed in our Strategic Implementation Plan

The Office of Community Health oversees this community mission and coordinates community health efforts and the hospital’s partnerships with community organizations and health centers.

2018 Collaboration Funded Partner Orientation

A Conversation with David Weiner

2019 Collaboration Funded Partner Orientation

2018 Collaboration Funded Partner Orientation

A Conversation with David Weiner

2019 Collaboration Funded Partner Orientation

Meet our COACH Interns

2018 Community Health Showcase

2018 BCH at Martha Eliot Health and Safety Fair

Meet our COACH Interns

2018 Community Health Showcase

2018 BCH at Martha Eliot Health and Safety Fair

Community Health group photo

Rethinking a hospital’s role in community health

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Making a Difference in Our Community

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Boston Children’s Collaboration for Community Health: 2020 Report

Boston Children’s Collaboration for Community Health: 2020 Report

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The commitment and compassion with which we care for all children and families is matched only by the pioneering spirit of discovery and innovation that drives us to think differently, to find answers, and to build a better tomorrow for children everywhere.

Kevin B. Churchwell, President and CEO

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