An innovative partnership between CHA, the Malden Health Department, and the Malden community to improve the health of Malden residents.
Our work is guided by the principles of Healthy Communities:
- We believe that health goes beyond the absence of disease. We seek to address root cause issues in communities;
- Use a collaborative, consensus-based approach to problem-solving involving a diverse group of community members;
- Take an asset approach that defines people and relationships based on their skills and abilities rather than their needs and deficits;
- Address challenges at broad systems levels rather than doing short-term, low impact projects;
- Benchmark and measure progress and outcomes;
- Our goal is to realize shared community values and project those values into a compelling vision of the future;
Malden Community Health Improvement recognizes that health is greatly influenced by many things around us, including social, economic, political, and environmental factors as well as our own behaviors.
Core Activities - What We Do
Collect, assess, and disseminate community health data; community visioning, coordinate systems change efforts, and facilitate coalition development.
Support community coalitions to help improve health and quality of life in Malden, such as substance abuse prevention, youth development, youth health and wellbeing, HIV/AIDS prevention, nutrition and physical activity promotion, and environmental change and improvement.
Since 2007, Malden Community Health Improvement has collaborated with coalitions and task forces, the Malden Public Schools, as well as with local government agencies. This includes grant preparations to increase the capacity of local agencies to meet identified needs. Major efforts have also included leading a joint effort to better understand and address acculturation-related stress among the Chinese American population, and coordination of both the Malden-Everett HIV/AIDS Taskforce and the Wellbeing of Malden Youth Roundtable.
Malden Community Health Improvement produced the Well-Being of Malden Youth report in January 2010 and is currently in the process of developing a Guide to Malden Community Groups and Coalitions.
The Malden Health Improvement Director also serves as Co-Director of the Community Medicine Curriculum with the Tufts University Family Medicine Residency.