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Community health survey available online

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  February 21, 2012 03:35 PM

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Charlestown residents can now participate in the neighborhood’s community health assessment online.

Massachusetts General Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital have been have been hosting community forums to discuss community health and asking residents to fill out surveys on their biggest health concerns

The hospitals worked with the Charlestown Neighborhood Council and other neighborhood groups to host forums for residents, and have announced residents will now be able to fill out the survey on their own schedule. The hospitals plan to hold focus groups over the next six weeks, as well.

The project, run by the two hospitals, aims to survey residents and work with neighborhood organizations to determine the community’s biggest health concerns and then outline and prioritize those concerns in a public report that could help distribute funds and attention.

The survey follows a community forum held on December that identified several factors that define a healthy community, including low crime rates, good schools, and access to quality health care.

Previous community health assessments done in 1995 and 2003 focused on substance abuse in the community and helped lead to the creation of the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition.

The survey is available in English at www.NewSpauldinngHospital.org under the Community Assessment tab. It will be available in Spanish soon, according to Spaulding.

Paper copies of the survey in multiple languages can be found at community organizations, including Mishawum Park Apartments, CharlesNewtowne, Bunker Hill Housing Development office, the Boston Public Library, the Kennedy Center, and the MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center. Surveys can be placed in secure drop boxes.

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