Community Health

It is imperative to recognize and address the role of technology as hospitals and health systems continue to address community health issues beyond clinical walls. ACHI is highlighting the role of technology in its Leveraging Technology to Drive Population Health webinar. In addition, ACHI has a list of resources below to help your address your communities most pressing health needs.


Bright Spots in Partnership with 100 Million Lives
St. Mary’s
Nutrition Center in Lewiston, Maine shares how it invested in the community to develop community gardens in diverse and economically challenged neighborhoods. These community gardens have reduced the impact of food insecurity by increasing access to fresh foods and engaging community members in activities to promote better health.

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One-Pager: Pathways to Population Health
The Pathways to Population Health: An Invitation to Health Care Change Agents is a framework to support health care professionals and organizations in identifying meaningful and sustainable opportunities to accelerate movement around population health. Share this one-pager with your organization to start thinking about ways you can adopt and act on the pathways to population health.

Member Stories


Christy Egun
Senior Director of Boston Partnerships, Equity & Inclusion for the Center, Community Health Improvement, Massachusetts General Hospital

As the Senior Director of Boston Partnerships, Equity & Inclusion for the Center for Community Health Improvement at Massachusetts General Hospital, Egun has been involved in many health improvement initiatives. The Youth Scholars Program, a four-year comprehensive initiative that works with public school students from Boston, Revere and Chelsea interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Using Mass General Hospital as a learning lab, students in grades 9-12 participate in a weekly curriculum on the hospital’s main campus that engages them in academic and skill development, along with hands-on experiences.

Over the past six years 134 Youth Scholars have achieved the following accomplishments: 100 percent graduated from high school, 96 percent matriculated to post-secondary education, 73 percent pursued degrees in science or health care related subjects, 77 percent (from the high school class of 2012 and 2013) graduated from college over the span of four to five years, a significant increase over the national 6-year college graduation rate of 55 percent. Understanding that there’s a direct correlation between educational attainment and ones’ overall health outcomes and economic potential, Mass General continues to learn and hone strategies and tactics to ensure all their students can reach their fullest academic and personal potential.   

Stories from the Field

Improving Community Health through Nutrition Education
The Ohio State University Extension (OSUE), Franklin County SNAP-Ed program, offers free nutrition education to Franklin County residents who receive, or are eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. It aims to encourage SNAP recipients to make healthy food and lifestyle choices. In addition to nutrition education, the program visits the Community Housing Network to offer hands-on cooking classes for those challenged with challenged by mental health conditions, substance abuse and chronic homelessness. OSUE SNAP-Ed uses many recipes from the Celebrate Your Plate (CYP) website.

"I now look for the Whole Grain Stamp on all grain products I buy for myself and two children. We have started buying 100% whole-wheat whole grain bread. I now know how to choose more healthy grain products for my family.” - said a participant.