Investing in Youth


Detailed Description

"The Center for Community Health Improvement’s Youth Programs sit at the intersection of community health, education and youth development. Through diverse programming for young people from grades 3 through 12 and beyond, we seek to whet students’ appetites and curiosity about subjects related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Each year, we work with more than 1,000 youth from local public schools, along with 400 MGH staff and faculty (who serve as mentors and supervisors) in activities, internships and jobs that broaden horizons and foster exploration while building confidence and igniting passions for health and science careers and more.

In 2017, MGH employees volunteered a total of 15,730 hours engaging with the youth in our programs. Our youth are primarily from Boston and the surrounding cities of Chelsea and Revere. They are predominantly young people of color, with many coming from diverse, multi-cultural backgrounds. 

Our goal is to positively affect high school graduation rates, promote college attendance and persistence, and ensure our students’ abilities to thrive in the twenty-first century workforce."


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Type of Story



  • Education

  • Family and social support

  • Mental health and wellness

  • System change: Community transformation

  • Equity

  • Equity: Racism

  • Equity: Stigma

  • Health System Transformation Oasis

  • Effective

  • Equitable

  • Health-promoting

  • Population-centered

  • In partnership

  • Individual/family

  • Interpersonal (between people)

  • Organization

  • Community/place

  • Culture

  • School

  • Junior youth 13-15

  • Youth 16-24

Geographic Context
  • Urban/large city

  • Portfolio 1 (Improving mental/physical health with patients or workforce)

    This portfolio supports health care organizations focused on improving the physical and/or mental health of individuals for whom they feel directly responsible (e.g., patients and/or employees).

  • Portfolio 2 (Improving social/spiritual well-being with patients or workforce)

    This portfolio supports health care organizations to consistently screen for and address the social and spiritual drivers of health and wellbeing for patients and/or employees. Social drivers encompass socioeconomic factors, such as food, housing, or transportation, for example, while spiritual drivers include factors that contribute to a sense of purpose, meaning, self-worth, hope, and resilience.

  • Portfolio 3 (Improving community health and well-being together with partners for a specific issue)

    ​​​​In this portfolio, health care organizations work together with community partners to improve specific health and wellbeing outcomes for a place-based population.

Action Areas
  • Equity

    ​​​​​​Everyone deserves to have a fair and just opportunity to be healthier. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and the lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.

  • Community partnerships

    Resources to support partnering with local social-service agencies, faith communities, housing organizations, and other community-based organizations that have experience with addressing defined social and spiritual drivers.

  • Community benefit

    ​​​​​​Resources to help nonprofit hospitals obtain tax-exempt status by investing in community and population health, in range of services and activities that address the cause and impact of health-related needs.

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