Community Benefits

MHA members with appropriate log-in information can also access our Hospital Community Benefits Support page for the latest community benefits report and a special MHA tool to search recent community benefit programs statewide.

How hospitals and healthcare organizations serve their communities beyond clinic walls. 
WEBINAR: Building Community Resilience 10.12.2019
Milford Regional Medical Center adopted Project SEARCH, a national transitional program to teach valuable life and job skills.
The Boston-based Institute for Healthcare Improvement has a new initiative called Pursuing Equity Learning & Action Network, and is looking to partner with health system teams to fulfill the initiative’s goals.
Cooley Dickinson Health Care supports several food systems projects through its community benefit program.
The Franklin County Perinatal Support Coalition is a multi-sector and provider initiative that convenes monthly more than 30 community agencies.
MHA has produced a publication – A Commitment to Community: Massachusetts Hospitals’ Community Benefit Initiatives – that details stories showing how hospitals are improving the health of individuals and communities.
Approximately 350 people attended MHA’s Mid-Winter Leadership Forum last Friday – the 53rd such gathering in MHA’s 84-year history.
Massachusetts hospitals are interested in ensuring a complete count of the state’s residents during the 2020 U.S. Census
Another independent Massachusetts acute care hospital appears about to merge with a larger system.
Through SOAR Training – Stop, Observe, Ask, Respond – healthcare and social service professionals are better able to recognize those who are at risk or who have experienced human trafficking.
Hospitals and other advocates are urging the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee to move forward on a social determinants of health bill.
At least 10% of the households in Berkshire County, or about some 14,300 people, suffer from hunger.
Massachusetts is seeking input on the design of a new initiative called “Moving Massachusetts Upstream” (MassUP).
Where you live affects your health.
A Massachusetts patient, caregiver, and advocate were among those testifying last Wednesday before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform about the Trump Administration’s termination of the deferred action program.
Researchers at Boston Medical Center (BMC) have performed the tough task of identifying the hows and whos of the statewide opioid epidemic that is killing nearly 2,000 people a year in Massachusetts.
A bill relating to closure of hospital services just goes too far in what it requires, MHA says.
Hospitals are undertaking important initiatives to reach deeper into their communities to improve health.
The National Institutes of Health has selected Boston Medical Center as one of four national sites that will receive a combined $350 million to combat the opioid crisis.
To prevent unused prescription drugs from finding their way into the wrong hands, each year the federal Drug Enforcement Administration sponsors the national Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) is using a federal grant to allow its health personnel to go into communities and train individuals on how to assist someone facing a mental health crisis.

Resources

Click on the links below for easy access to important information related to state healthcare issues and advocacy.


Visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts websites below to find information on legislative hearings and other meetings of interest to the healthcare community.


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