Community Health Improvement Programs Mission Statement
To define the role and responsibility of Tufts Medical Center in supporting and sustaining the health and well being of residents in communities that have historic or developing relationships with Tufts Medical Center.
To provide leadership for academic medical centers in the creation of a model that implements a long-term community health agenda.
Tufts Medical Center and its Floating Hospital for Children established the Office of Community Health Programs in 1992 to respond to the challenges of an increasingly complex health care delivery environment, to meet the changing needs of Tufts Medical Center's diverse patient population and to focus on public health and disease prevention.
In 2008, the office changed its name to Community Health Improvement Programs (CHIP) to better reflect our aspirations to improve the health status of our core communities. Community Health Improvement Programs is charged with coordinating and facilitating a range of community-oriented activities, promoting collaborative efforts, and providing technical assistance to Tufts Medical Center departments in their community health outreach and improvement efforts. In addition, CHIP coordinates reporting of the Medical Center's community benefits activities, provides funding and technical support for health education, outreach, and prevention projects at local community-based organizations and health centers, organizes community outreach participation and efforts, and seeks to improve the overall health, well-being and health knowledge of residents in the communities the hospital serves.
Community Health Improvement Programs highlights include:
Asian Health Initiative: The Asian Health Initiative (AHI) identifies public health issues of particular prevalence or concern to the local Asian community and seeks to work collaboratively with local community-based organizations to help address those health issues in a culturally and linguistically appropriate setting. More about AHI
Dorchester Health Initiative: Tufts Medical Center established the Dorchester Health Initiative (DHI) to address health issues disproportionately affecting residents of the various Dorchester neighborhoods by providing support for programs addressing identified priority health needs in the Dorchester community. More about DHI
Parent-to-Parent: Parent-to-Parent (P2P) is a partnership between Tufts Medical Center and program sites in the Dorchester and Chinatown neighborhoods of Boston as well as the South Shore, primarily Quincy. The main goal of P2P is to reduce infant mortality and morbidity by improving access to health care and information for pregnant women and their children. More about P2P
Asthma Prevention and Management Initiative: Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children launched an Asthma Prevention and Management Initiative (APMI) to reduce health disparities in the Asian community. The program works with asthmatic youth who attend the Josiah Quincy Elementary School and the Josiah Quincy Upper School, as well as patients of Tufts Medical Center's Asian Pediatric and Adolescent Clinical Services Program. Recently, APMI has included Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center and the Kwong Kow Chinese School as additional community collaborations. As part of a three-year grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, the initiative aims to improve the functional outcomes of school-age children with asthma and decrease overall utilization of acute care services for asthma-related problems.
For more information, contact Ana Cambonchi, APMI Program Manager, Phone: (617) 636-1339, Email: email@example.com or May Chin, APMI Program Consultant, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.