Community Health Improvement Programs

Tufts Medical Center and 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.

Tufts Medical Center is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of, and striving to reduce health disparities and inequities in the communities we serve. We seek to identify current and emerging health needs, collaborate with community partners, provide culturally and linguistically appropriate health services and resources, and address community health needs through education, prevention, and treatment.

Our programs include:

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. Learn more about AHI

The Dorchester Health Initiative (DHI) was established by Tufts Medical Center 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. Learn more about DHI

South Boston Health Initiative: Current Tufts MC-funded programs at South Boston Community Health Center focus on smoking cessation, substance use treatment, behavioral health services, and a youth ambassador program, in which youth develop leadership skills and receive education about tobacco, substance use, and violence prevention. Funding also supports Gavin Foundation’s Cushing House, a residential substance use treatment program for young men who require a more restrictive and structured environment. The program implements a holistic approach to substance use treatment, emphasizing physical and emotional health support to target the underlying issues that may influence substance use and other risky behaviors.

Tufts MC also runs the South Boston Behavior Health Clinic, a walk-in outpatient clinic that provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment, including medication-assisted treatment, group counseling and one-on-one case management, for adults and children for psychiatric issues and substance use disorder. 

The Asthma Prevention and Management Initiative (APMI) was established in 2006 to address pediatric asthma disparities in the local Asian community in response to an identified need among Tufts Medical Center Floating Hospital for Children pediatric providers. They saw a spike in the number of children with asthma related urgent care visits. Since then it has expanded both its scope of services and the populations it serves. APMI provides educational programs in the local elementary and secondary schools, developed multilingual asthma educational materials used by providers and caregivers, provides comprehensive asthma home visits to improve self-management through assessment, education, and establishment of a plan towards environmental control of asthma triggers, and advocates for improved access to asthma related services.   APMI was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2014 with their National Leadership Award in Asthma Management. Learn more about APMI

High School Internship Program at Tufts Medical CenterFounded in 2006, the High School Summer Internship Program at Tufts Medical Center seeks to respond to social determinants of health that may impact the community’s youth, providing employment, positive mentorship and role models, and personal and professional learning opportunities in a safe space, within the hospital and nonprofit community settings. In partnership with Boston Public Schools, we provide dozens of BPS high school students each summer with the opportunity to learn about the diverse career options in the healthcare field, such as pediatrics, outpatient clinics, finance, and IT. Students come from surrounding neighborhoods including Chinatown, Dorchester, South End, and South Boston.

Student interns benefit from a structured seven-week program during which they support their respective departments and participate in weekly enrichment workshops. Many students participate in the internship program for two summers, and some former interns have even been hired part- or full-time by the Medical Center.

Tufts Medical Center completes an annual Community Benefit Report to the State Attorney General’s Office that highlights our efforts to promote health and well-being of the broader community, with health priorities determined and identified in our tri-annual Community Health Needs Assessment. 

2018 Community Benefit Report

2017 Community Benefit Report

2016 Community Benefit Report

2015 Community Benefit Report 

Tufts Medical Center completes a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) every three years to identify health needs of our priority communities and guide our community health improvement efforts. In developing the CHNA, we review local public health data as well as input from health advocates and local community members, under the guidance of an advisory committee.

We welcome your comments to inform our next CHNA and implementation strategy.  Comments may be submitted by email to or by mail to the Office of Community Health Improvement Programs at 800 Washington Street, Box 116, Boston, MA 02111.

2019 Community Health Needs Assessment

2016 Community Health Needs Assessment

2013 Community Health Needs Assessment

Community Health Improvement Programs
Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington Street, Box #116
Boston, MA  02111
Fax: 617-636-8891

Sherry Dong

Stephen Muse
Program Specialist

Lisa Hy
Program Assistant