Brigham and Women’s Hospital & the Center for Community Health and Health Equity
Brigham and Women’s Hospital has a long-standing commitment to addressing social determinants of health and promoting health equity for patients, families, and community members of our five priority neighborhoods of Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hill, and Roxbury.
Since 1991, the Center for Community Health and Health Equity (CCHHE) has taken a racial equity and social justice approach, recognizing how health is profoundly influenced by factors such as structural racism and other forms of discrimination, financial stability and wealth accrual, access to quality education, employment status, housing stability and conditions, community safety, and access to resources. Furthermore, as part of the larger Brigham Mass General family, the CCHHE collaborates with community partners and government agencies, partnering with over 100 organizations annually.
To view the CCHHE’s 2019 Annual Report, click here.
The Stronger Generations Initiative (SGI) is built upon the CCHHE’s founding programs tackling the racial inequities in infant mortality in the 1990s. Over the last 30 years, Stronger Generations has continued working to eliminate the racial inequities in maternal and infant health outcomes by providing pregnant and parenting individuals with quality health care and community resources to strengthen their own health, support parenting, and give babies the healthiest start possible. SGI’s expansive programming focuses on promoting maternal and child health equity and building community-based social opportunity, two generations at a time.
SGI’s clinical-community partnership supports BWH patients through pregnancy and beyond, ensuring that they have access to high-quality, appropriate, holistic, and healing-centered care. SGI’s Proud2parent programs support adolescent families under the age of 25 with economic mobility, workforce development, leadership exploration, and life skills to support their personal, professional, and educational goals. SGI provides services to over 700 individuals annually with a focus on residents of BWH’s priority neighborhoods (Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hill, and Roxbury). To meet the social needs of its clients, SGI takes an upstream approach to supporting family stability and social mobility, with the ultimate goal of comprehensive health and wellness across the life course.