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BPHC Community Health Planning

Boston CHNA-CHIP Collaborative is a new initiative created by a number of stakeholders — community organizations, health centers, community development corporations, hospitals, and the Boston Public Health Commission to take on the first large-scale joint city-wide Community Health Needs Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan process.

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What is a Community Health Needs Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHNA-CHIP)? 

CHNA identifies key health needs, strengths, and resources of a community through data collection and analysis.  


CHIP is the response to needs identified in the CHNAThe CHIP process involves creating a detailed, evidence-based improvement plan to address the prioritized needs of the community. 

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How were the key health needs identified in the 2019 Boston CHNA?  

The Boston CHNA-CHIP Collaborative used a participatory, collaborative approach that engaged the community through: 

  • review of existing data,  

  • A community survey administered in seven languages gathering 2,404 responses from Boston residents,  

  • 13 focus groups with 104 community residents,  

  • 45 key informant interviews with leaders and direct service providers across sectors. 

Photo of CHNA Prioritization meeting

This information was narrowed down through a process that included an online survey, small group discussions, and a large inclusive prioritization meeting to identify the priorities for collaborative action. 

The final priorities selected were: 

  • Housing including affordability, quality, homelessness, ownership, gentrification, and displacement 

  • Financial Security and Mobility including jobs, employment, income, education, and workforce training 

  • Behavioral Health including mental health and substance use  

  • Accessing Services including health care, childcare and social services 

The overarching focus is Achieving Racial and Ethnic Health Equity recognizing that institutional racism and structural inequities drive the health disparities we see around race, ethnicity, and language in the city for nearly all issues.

Read the full 2019 Boston CHNA report here. 

View the results of the community health prioritization meetings organized by BPHC here.


​​Last updated 2/27/2020
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