Commitment to Community
Community Benefit Program
The Community Benefit Program collaborates with community stakeholders to enhance existing programs and develop new programs to respond to the health care needs of priority populations. Communities served include Danvers, Lynn, Marblehead, Nahant, Peabody, Salem and Swampscott. The process we use to identify the health needs of each of these communities includes:
- An annual review of health status indicators from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
- Ongoing participation in the regional Department of Public Health Community Health Network Area
- Ongoing consultation and collaboration with community providers, advocacy groups and local agencies in each of the cities and towns in the service area
- Multi-faceted clinical and programmatic collaborations with Lynn Community Health Center and North Shore Community Health Center (Salem and Peabody facilities)
- Teen pregnancy prevention with Girls, Inc.
- Obesity prevention in Lynn and Salem in conjunction with Mass In Motion
- Support for YMCA of the North Shore health programs, including Fit-Tastic Kids obesity prevention, Mobile Market delivery of fresh food to low-income residents, free memberships for 7th grade Salem residents, and Salem Green Space at Palmer Cove, a teen urban garden program.
- Primary care outreach and engagement with Lynn Health Task Force
- Domestic violence programming with HAWC (Crossroads)
- Support for families struggling with a loved one’s addiction with Learn to Cope
- Joint initiatives with local substance abuse providers
- Room to Breathe project with Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
Community Affairs and Health Access Committee
The Community Affairs and Health Access Committee of the NSMC Board was established in 2004 to strengthen long-standing community relationships and build others by integrating them into the medical center’s formal governance structure. It also provides Community Benefit and Community Affairs activities with Board level oversight.
The Committee meets quarterly and closely follows an annual schedule of responsibilities which includes:
- Review of annual health status indicators and establishment of annual community benefit priorities
- Review of annual community benefit budget
- Preparation and presentation of annual reports
- Assessment of progress in meeting established priorities