Tufts Medical Center and Tufts Children's Hospital 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 to reducing 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.