At the core of BACH’s mission, is the importance of building capacity through meaningful relationships with residents and organizations. We believe that hospitals, government, community-based organizations, and residents, must align their efforts to make sustainable community change across policy, systems and environments. In order to positively impact Boston’s most vulnerable populations, BACH works with many collaborations and coalitions that help move our policy agenda forward in a coordinated effort.
Alliance for Community Health Integration
The Alliance for Community Health Integration (ACHI) is a collaboration among state and local leaders in public health and consumer advocacy with the goal of improving social determinants of health as a centerpiece of Massachusetts health care transformation. Reforms in health care delivery and financing provide a window of opportunity to improve outcomes, reduce cost, and eliminate deep and alarming inequities in health outcomes across race, ethnicity, and income. To achieve these shared goals, the health care system must adopt an aggressive approach to combatting the underlying social and economic barriers to health, especially those facing low income communities and communities of color. ACHI has come together to seize this moment of opportunity to ensure that prevention and equity are at the center of the coordinated health care and public health system of the future.
Boston Alliance for Racial Equity
The Boston Alliance for Racial Equity (BARE) is a network of community leaders, activists, government officials, academics, and educators with a shared commitment to build a movement to advance racial equity in Boston. In the summer of 2015, the group was born out of national efforts to advance racial equity in cities around the country, building on the energy and momentum gained in the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) movement.
Boston CHIP Council
Boston Community Health Improvement Plan Council (Boston CHIP Council) was created to best understand the City’s progress towards achieving the goals outlined in the MAPP process, as well as have a clear view of the ways in which the many contributors to public health- hospitals, health centers, community-based organizations and coalitions, etc. – are helping achieve the CHIP’s goals. This council is convened by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), as part of BPHC’s process of becoming an accredited public health agency. In partnership with BACH, they are establishing specific goals related to each of the strategic issues. This group, which is just being created now (February, 2017) will be formalized over the next few months.
Massachusetts Communities Action Network
Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN) is a network of faith-based community organizations in MA working for economic and racial justice. MCAN works with local volunteer leaders from their member congregations or community institutions to decide on campaign priorities through shared decision-making, with an emphasis on allowing leaders to guide the work. Currently, their campaigns include ending mass incarceration and confronting racial injustice, and creating an equitable economy.
MPHA Policy Council
Massachusetts Public Health Association’s (MPHA) Policy Council is based in the belief that to select meaningful priorities, there must be input from local, regional, and statewide leaders, and that communities of color and low-income communities most impacted by health inequities should be represented in MPHA’s decision-making by leaders of community-based organizations. The Council is based in principles developed over the last six years as part of MPHA’s Act FRESH Campaign. That campaign, which focused specifically on healthy eating and active living, had a similar leadership structure. In launching this new Policy Council, MPHA is “mainstreaming” these principles into our entire organization, charging the Council with recommending positions on all the issues that are important to MPHA.
Youth SUDs Prevention
The Boston Public Health Commission, with support of funds from Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation of MA, is leading Youth Substance Use Disorder Prevention (SUD) planning, developing the first comprehensive and cohesive plan in the City of Boston to address youth substance use. The resulting assessment will be used to map current prevention efforts, develop a set of interventions, increase access to underserved high-risk youth, and catalyze future investments in prevention. The Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services (ORS) will use the findings of this assessment to develop a strategic plan to set prevention priorities and build comprehensive responses across the city.