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Boston Children's Community Mission

Boston Children’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.

It 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.

Our 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.

Funded Partners Announced for the Collaboration for Community Health Round Two

Through Boston Children’s Collaboration for Community Health, we have selected 33 community organizations to receive funding, some are new to us and many have received funds to continue. You can find the names of the organizations and details about their funded projects here.

This round of funding went to projects in the strategic areas of Birth to Five, Family Housing Stability and Economic Opportunity, and Healthy Living. 

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


Partnering with Community Organizations to Improve Child and Community Health

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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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