Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital (BWFH) strives to attain excellence in patient care services, provided in a learning environment with dignity, compassion and respect. We are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of residents from the areas we serve through our award winning Community Health and Wellness Program. The program serves over 60,000 men, women, children and elderly each year through a wide variety of preventive health education, free health screenings, school partnerships and community outreach.
We have long recognized our responsibility to not only treat illness, but to help prevent disease and the factors that precipitate disease. Through the numerous health partnerships and initiatives that have developed over the years, BWFH works with neighbors to identify and address important community needs and concerns.
Based on the MA Attorney General's guidelines, the goals in the Community Health and Wellness plan are based on an analysis of public health data and needs, community input and collaborative partnerships. 2022 priorities have a primary focus on implementing strategies that will achieve racial and ethnic health equity, including:
BWFH's Community Health Assets and Needs Assessment (CHNA) identifies community health assets, needs and opportunities to improve community health and health equity in the hospital’s priority neighborhoods of Hyde Park, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury. The CHNA is a key source document for community health planning processes. Non-profit hospitals are required to conduct a CHNA every three years to meet federal and state requirements, including the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
The 2022 community health implementation plan (CHIP) outlines hospital plans to address the identified priorities and needs of the CHNA. To optimize resources and standardize efforts across Mass General Brigham Boston area hospitals, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, and Mass General Hospital have joined together to develop a joint Boston and North Suffolk 2022 Implementation Plan. The Implementation Plan includes select hospital efforts that enable the goals, objectives, and strategies that address community needs. Each hospital continues to work in their priority neighborhoods and communities while collaborating across the Mass General Brigham to support all efforts outlined in the Implementation Plan.
The 2022 BWH CHNA and CHIP builds upon the foundation of past assessments and has been shaped through the hospital’s participation in the Boston CHNA-CHIP Collaborative.
BWFH's Community Health and Wellness team is out in the community each Friday in Mass General Brigham's Community Van, providing a variety of free services, including masks and hand sanitizer, COVID vaccine information, blood pressure checks, food bags and other personal care items as available and connection to services (housing, food, utilities, legal, behavioral health, safety, healthcare access).