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UMass Memorial Medical Center Community Benefits Program

Your health is important to us. UMass Memorial Medical Center offers you and your loved ones an extensive Community Benefits Program to keep you healthy.

 New Funding Opportunity

Dear Community,

UMass Memorial Medical Center has new funding to address the priorities identified in the 2016 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Working collaboratively with the Determination of Need/Resource & Development Committee of the Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester, the hospital is pleased to announce the opportunity to apply for this funding. The objective is to fund programs that address underserved populations with a focus on health equity as a fundamental principal and the social, economic and environmental factors that contribute to poor health outcomes. Specifically, the funding targets innovative community linkage efforts that bring multi-sectoral partnerships while leveraging additional resources and opportunities. The CHIP serves as the Greater Worcester Regional roadmap to the future health of the region and intended to be a living document that will be reassessed annually.

A link to the Request for Proposals can be found here. Applications are due by May 11, 2018. Full application instructions and details can be found on the RFP.

Funding will support programs that address the following CHIP Priorities:

  • Access to Care
  • Access to Healthy Food
  • Cultural Responsiveness
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Activity
  • Racism & Discrimination
  • Safety
  • Substance Abuse
Visit this link for additional information on the: 2016 Greater Worcester Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)

Community Benefits Program at UMass Memorial Medical Center

The Medical Center’s Community Benefits Program supports community health initiatives that address your unmet health needs through partnerships with a number of local human service organizations. Our programs include, but are not limited, to:

  • Mobile medical and dental services
  • Physical activity and fitness
  • Healthy eating
  • Youth development and violence prevention
  • Children’s wellness and protection
  • Behavioral health services
  • Health services in low-income neighborhoods
  • Support of public health infrastructure

Read our 2016 Community Benefits Report for the health care system.

Community Health Needs Assessment

The Medical Center conducted a Community Health Assessment (CHA) to recognize the health-related needs of residents, primarily in Worcester and the outlying communities of Shrewsbury, Millbury, West Boylston, Leicester, and Holden. Focusing on this geographic area aligns the hospital’s efforts with community and governmental partners, including the city health department, other health providers and community-based organizations.       

View the 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment that examines a range of health behaviors and outcomes, social and economic issues, health care access, and gaps and strengths of existing resources and services. The hospital welcomes input on the Community Health Needs Assessment and its Community Benefits Implementation Strategy. Please provide any written comments to Monica Lowell at monica.lowell@umassmemorial.org.  

Assessing the Needs of Greater Worcester

We’re also actively involved in community planning to help you improve your health and social and economic well-being.

The Medical Center partnered with Common Pathways, the City of Worcester Division of Public Health and a range of community stakeholders to develop a comprehensive community health planning effort. We gathered more than 150 people representing many different institutions and community organizations to create a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). View the 2016 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).

The CHIP includes principle domain areas with specific, measureable objectives with the mission of advancing Worcester to become the healthiest city in New England by 2020. Through the CHIP process, we identified five priority areas that can help you and other community members achieve optimal health and well-being:

  • Healthy eating/active living
  • Behavioral health
  • Primary care/wellness
  • Violence/injury prevention
  • Health equity/health disparities

Read the full reports from these planning efforts: