Community Benefits and Health Assessment
Each year, Harrington HealthCare works in conjunction with the Massachusetts Hospital Association and the Attorney General's office to produce a Community Benefits Report, which highlights the previous fiscal year's services, outreach and education to our most deserving populations. Our programs are a collaboration of medical services within the hospital, as well as outside organizations and businesses that share the desire to help educate and prevent chronic diseases and reduce health disparities.
Community Benefits Mission Statement
The mission of Harrington HealthCare is to build healthier communities by providing education and outreach for identified health deficits through collaborative initiatives and programs.
Community Health Assessment: July through December 2013
In accordance with the AG guidelines, a Health Assessment must be produced every three years to ensure the proper populations are receiving the necessary medical care and education. In 2013, Harrington recognized the need to update our assesmment data and community information from previous study. A five member committee was organized in early 2013. The group's leadership came from the Harrington Marketing Department. Members represented community liaisons, health professionals and town/league representatives, including current Harrington Hospital Board Member. Meetings were held from January to December.
The committee enlisted the assistance of the Institute for Community Health out of Boston to collect, analyze and produce a written report on the health deficits in Harrington's twenty zip code catchment area.
Harrington and ICH worked closely from July to December 2013 to collect and report on data.
This assessment involved a mixed-methods approach including extensive review of secondary community data sources across a variety of sociodemographic and health indicators for the catchment area compared to the state of Massachusetts, as well as three focus groups with a total of 24 community residents and key stakeholders belonging to key populations of interest: senior citizens, Latinos, and substance users in recovery.
For secondary data gathering, top health concerns for the catchment area were prioritized based on the average percent difference compared to Massachusetts across secondary data indicators. Key themes identified through the three focus groups were also considered. Top health concerns that emerged included Cardiovascular Disease/Respiratory Health, Diabetes, Obesity, Cancer Mortality, Mental Health and Teen Pregnancy.
Additional community-wide concerns were also identified through the three focus groups conducted: Crime and Safety, especially amongst youth; Social Concerns Affecting Youth, especially lack of positive community activities for youth; and Substance Abuse, including prescription drug abuse and newer drug use amongst youth.
Results of the HNA can be viewed by clicking on the links below
(all links open in PDF format):
For the Final report, click this link
For the Secondary Data Report, click this link
For the Focus Group Data Report, click this link
January 2014: The Committee is now working to collectively identify target populations and discuss the implementation of programs, grants or collaborative education and outreach to address these health concerns. The committee is taking a dedicated look at youth and family nutrition and obesity, which is correlated to respiratory health and diabetes; as well as lung cancer incidence, smoking cessation resources and addressing youth Emergency Department visits for asthma. The committee will work on the targeted groups and programs through 2016.