Our Community Benefits Mission
: HealthAlliance Hospital and UMass Memorial Health Care are committed to improving the health status of all those it serves and to addressing the health problems of the poor and other medically underserved populations. In addition, non-medical conditions that negatively influence the health and wellness of our communities are addressed. We aim to improve the health status of our communities by addressing some of the social, economic and political obstacles that prevent people from attaining optimal health.
HealthAlliance Hospital is focusing on the following target populations:
- Vulnerable populations at risk for developing diabetes, COPD, stroke and cancer
- Latino population and other minority groups
- Individuals and families at risk of contracting TB
- Children ages 3-15
- Community residents ages 16-80 who are smokers and at-risk for developing chronic diseases and cancers
- Minority, underprivileged and at-risk students
In FY 2012, HealthAlliance Hospital’s key accomplishments:
- Providing screenings and education for community members who are diagnosed with a chronic disease or are at high risk. A focus is also placed on health conditions identified as being prevalent in our communities as well as wellness and prevention.
- Supporting grants through the hospital’s Community Health Initiative Funding from it’s DoN that focus on community development in addressing issues directly impacted by social determinants of health
HealthAlliance Hospital’s plans for the next reporting year:
- Continuing to support health education and screenings related to chronic diseases and prevalent health conditions in the communities
- Continuing to support the funding of community development that addresses issues directly impacted by social determinants of health
- Beginning to work with a collaborative network of health organizations to create a regional community health assessment
In FY 2012, HealthAlliance Hospital:
- Provided Community Health and Education programs and screenings in response to identified health related needs of the target populations (lectures, speakers, support groups)
- Provided a TB Clinic for the community
- Worked collaboratively with area high schools and colleges to provide on-site training, internships and mentoring for students
- Distributed 450 free bike helmets and bike safety tips to needy children in the surrounding communities
- Provided scholarships to minority and needy students who are pursuing a health related education
- Active membership, including steering committee, that work as catalysts for change and advocates for the underserved by addressing priority health issues identified in community health assessments.
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