Cambridge, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a vital and innovative community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, is the recipient of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middlesex County’s 2013 Community Partner Award. CHA has collaborated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middlesex County (BGCMC) for several years in an effort to connect underserved youth with health and wellness programs that foster critical skills and values.
The award recognizes the facility and program-related support CHA provides the Clubhouses in Cambridge, Somerville, and Everett. Initiatives include developing workshops on dating violence, healthy relationships, and pregnancy prevention for youth, as well as training for youth workers on responding to risky behaviors. CHA also has offered training on healthy snacks for afterschool programs and developed a healthy market across the street from the Cambridge clubhouse, which is co-located at the CHA Windsor Street Health Center. Additionally, staff from the Boys & Girls Clubs have participated in CHA’s Community Health Advisory Council over the past three years, helping CHA leaders better understand community factors impacting patient and community health.
“We are honored to receive this award, which reflects a commitment to the underserved that is at the heart of CHA’s mission,” said CHA Chief Executive Officer Patrick Wardell (pictured left). “Our work with the Boys & Girls Clubs demonstrates the difference we can make in our communities when we join our energies and resources.”
Mr. Wardell accepted the award at the BGCMC’s 4th annual Inspiration Celebration at Microsoft’s N.E.R.D. Center in Kendall Square on March 26th, where he was joined by several members of CHA’s Department of Community Affairs and the Cambridge Public Health Department who have helped grow CHA’s relationship with the Boys & Girls Clubs and play a key role in reducing health disparities and promoting wellness in CHA’s communities.
Founded in 1973, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middlesex County is a multi-community, multi-facility agency that serves more than 1,500 youth and teens annually at its four Clubhouses in Cambridge, Everett, Medford, and Somerville. BGCMC Clubhouses provide a safe haven after school, and programming, activities, staff mentoring, and the Clubhouse framework help build skills and reinforce academic achievement, healthy lifestyles and a strong moral compass as important values. Clubhouses serve primarily low- to moderate income youth who may be turned away by other organizations due to their inability to pay program fees.
Cambridge Health Alliance is a vital and innovative community health system that provides essential services to Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices, and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Tufts University School of Medicine.