Center for Community and
Health Equity

Health Equity Programs

Health equity means that everyone has an equal opportunity to live a healthy life regardless of factors such as race, gender, income level, and zip code. Many times, the differences in health outcomes are due to social factors that are avoidable and often unjust. The Center for Community Health and Health Equity (CCHHE) is committed to ensuring that all individuals have access to high quality health care and equal opportunities for a lifetime of good health. We strive to promote health equity through a broad array of community programs, outreach, health education, and research.

Stronger Generations

In Boston today, a baby born to a black mother is three to four times more likely to die by their first birthday than a baby born to a white mother. CCHHE believes that this disparity can be eliminated and has developed a comprehensive birth equity initiative, Stronger Generations to address differences in infant mortality and low birth weight, particularly among infants born to black women. Learn more about our Stronger Generations program.

Perinatal Case Manager Program

For more than 20 years, our Perinatal Case Manager Program has been there as a direct response to the high infant mortality and low birth weight rates in certain Boston neighborhoods. We assist pregnant women with everything from coordinating their health care to learning about healthy behaviors and accessing vital social service programs. Learn more about our Perinatal program.

Connecting Hope, Assistance, and Treatment (CHAT) Program

Our CHAT program provides resources for low-income women with breast cancer who do not have adequate income or insurance to pay for necessary services related to their breast cancer diagnosis. Eligible women may receive up to $1,200 per calendar year to help with the cost of medication, breast prostheses, bras, wigs, compression sleeves, transportation to treatment, child care during treatment and other breast cancer-related expenses.  Learn more about CHAT.

Open Doors to Health Colorectal Cancer Screening

Working with Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC), we strive to improve rates of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening among patients served through the two BWH licensed community health centers (Southern Jamaica Plain Community Health Center and Brookside Community Health Center). Learn more about colorectal cancer screening.

Help Us Create a Lifetime of Health for All

To learn more about the programs available to promote health equity or to support our efforts, please contact the Director of Health Equity Programs, Maisha Douyon Cover at mdouyon@bwh.harvard.edu

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