Commitment to Community
North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) has a long-standing commitment to the health and vitality of our North Shore communities. NSMC was founded to serve our neighbors and those in need, a commitment that is just as strong today as it was a century ago.
Improving Health in Our Local Communities
North Shore Medical Center is committed to achieving health equity and measurable improvements in the population’s health status, particularly that of the underserved. Through our Community Benefit Program, we collaborate with community stakeholders to enhance existing programs and develop new programs to respond to the health care needs of priority populations in our community. Our commitment includes:
- Addressing and reducing health care disparities
- Increasing access to care for vulnerable populations
- Expanding innovative community and school-based programs
- Fostering social and family support systems
- Improving knowledge of healthy habits and behaviors
- Enhancing educational and career opportunities
- Supporting individuals who suffer partner abuse
Community Health Needs Assessment
The 2018 NSMC Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and implementation planning process was undertaken to inform our community-based efforts as well as to adhere to requirements set by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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.
The committee is comprised of 20 members including NSMC Board Directors, NSMC clinical leaders, members of the Lynn Health Task Force, and representatives from the local community health centers and other community organizations. Together they serve as NSMC’s Community Benefit Advisory Committee with the responsibilities, functions and procedures outlined in the current Massachusetts Attorney General’s Community Benefit Guidelines.
The Committee shall have responsibility for the review of the community needs assessment and other information related to access and the availability of healthcare, as well as for the oversight, review and evaluation of the community affairs and community benefit programs and activities of NSMC.