The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) was recently awarded a three-year grant from the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF) through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. As a result, the BPHC and its partners (below) will be able to focus additional efforts on pediatric asthma, hypertension, and elder slip-and-fall prevention.
We’ve assembled an outstanding partnership, including community health centers, the Boston Public School system, child care providers, elder services and chronic disease resources, and other forms of technical assistance to support the project’s quality improvement initiatives. A key element of this partnership is to create, across agencies, a system of care based on population health management to bring closer communication and better care management to address the needs of residents in our community.
Adjoining neighborhoods Roxbury and North Dorchester share many assets, institutions and aspirations for improved health. However, before the implementation of the PWTF, there was no common approach designated to address common health challenges and inequities their residents face. The PWTF has allowed these communities to leverage a network of community providers, residents, leaders and existing initiatives focused on prevention and wellness, including programs like chronic disease self-management, tai chi and matter of balance classes, among others, all of which have shown to improve health.
|Before the PWTF: |
- Fall death rates for residents aged 65 and older were 29.2 and 27.7 per 100,000 capita for North Dorchester and Roxbury, respectively
- 41% of hypertensive patients had blood pressure rates greater than 140/90
- Students with asthma in six of the eight area elementary schools had an overall absentee rate 30% higher than their classmates without asthma