Massachusetts General and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospitals are set to release the results of their Charlestown community health assessment.
The hospitals, working with Charlestown residents and organizations, have conducted surveys and hosted forums and focus groups to determine the community’s overall health, allow residents to prioritize their concerns, and develop a plan to improve community health.
After a year and a half of work, they will present and discuss the results of the comprehensive health needs assessment and the community’s next steps Thursday, May 2, at the Knights of Columbus at 545 Medford St.
“Almost 700 Charlestown residents from every corner of the community had input into this assessment,” Joan Quinlan, executive director of the MGH Center for Community Health improvement, said in a statement. “Working together we can make real progress on becoming an even healthier community.”
MGH has long conducted health assessments with nearby communities, and the new federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act now requires all non-profit hospitals to conduct assessments.
To complete the assessment, the hospitals established an assessment committee with Charlestown residents serving as experts and liaisons to the neighborhood.
“As Spaulding begins to call Charlestown home, we are proud to participate in ways that improve our community such as this health assessment that will improve the lives of our new friends and neighbors,” Rebecca Kaiser, director of community relations for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, said in a statement.
The community forum will begin with dinner at 6 p.m. The meeting will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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