Northeastern University (Institute on Urban Health Research) is devoted to knowledge discovery and its practical application to improve personal and public health within urban communities. The Institute is particularly focused on understanding the social and environmental conditions of urban living in order to inform public health intervention strategies, policies and professional training.
Boston Children’s Hospital’s Office of Child Advocacy (OCA) oversees, coordinates and stewards Boston Children’s Hospital’s community mission by understanding and identifying community health needs through ongoing and comprehensive community needs assessment and investing in, supporting and assisting hospital programs to address the most pressing issues and that will achieve social impact. OCA works to improve community health by acting as a resource to hospital staff, providers, and researchers, promoting public health advocacy efforts, and supporting community health centers and pediatric practices.
Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), Inc. Head Start and Children Services programs serve about 2,500 low-income children and their families each year, offering a variety of early childhood education, health, and case management services at sites located throughout Boston. Head Start offer free services to families who live in Boston and meet federal low-income guidelines. Families who receive public assistance or other benefits may also be eligible.
The Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) offer a range of affordable programs including preschool, school-aged & adult education, family literacy, youth employment, violence prevention & intervention, senior activities, recreation and enrichment. BCYF’s 35 facilities are located throughout Boston.
The Boston Public Health Commission, the country’s oldest health department, is an independent public agency providing a wide range of health services and programs. It is governed by a seven-member board of health appointed by Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Public service and access to quality health care are the cornerstones of the organization’s mission – to protect, preserve, and promote the health and well-being of all Boston residents, particularly those who are most vulnerable.
The Food Project’s mission is to create a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system. Our community produces healthy food for residents of the city and suburbs, provides youth leadership opportunities, and inspires and supports others to create change in their own communities.