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CHA's Cambridge Breast Center Receives National Accreditation
8/13/2015
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) announced today that the CHA Cambridge Breast Center (CBC) has been granted a three-year, full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their p...
 
CHA Officials Meet with Middlesex DA to Promote Summer Safety for Children
7/9/2015
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan met with Cambridge Health Alliance’s Chief of Pediatrics Gregory Hagan and Chief Community Officer Mary Cassesso at the CHA Windsor Street Care Center to raise awareness about summer safety for children. CHA will partner with District Attorney Ryan as part of her annual “Summer Safety” educational campaign for parents, caretakers, and children by making materials available in CHA waiting rooms that aim to prevent accidental child deaths or s...
 
Everett Awarded Substance Abuse Prevention Grant
6/30/2015
EVERETT, Mass. – Everett, through the Everett Community Health Partnership – Substance Abuse Coalition, was among four communities jointly awarded a $100,000 Massachusetts Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative Grant through the state Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, for the next three years. The grant, starting in July, will strengthen existing partnerships between Everett, Somerville, Cambridge and Arlington, so existing programs can share resources, and coordinate ac...
 
CHA and Community Partners Among Nation's Top Performers in Pilot to Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates
6/9/2015
Cambridge, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), in collaboration with Somerville Cambridge Elder Services, Mystic Valley Elder Services, and Hallmark Health, is among the top performers in an innovative national pilot program to reduce hospital readmission rates. The group is one of 72 community-based programs across the US participating in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Community Care Transitions Project (CCTP). According to CMS findings, the CHA group reduced 30-day readmis...
 
CHA Hosts Opioid Community Summit on May 13
Join the discussion on Wednesday, May 13, at CHA Somerville Hospital
5/7/2015
SOMERVILLE, Mass. – Have you been touched by the opioid crisis? Are you wondering what on-the-ground strategies are happening in your community, and how you can help? The Everett Community Health Partnership – Substance Abuse Coalition in collaboration with the OPEN Coalition is hosting a community summit on Wednesday, May 13, from 6-8 p.m. at the CHA Somerville Hospital Cafeteria, 230 Highland Ave. in Somerville. Residents of Cambridge, Somerville, Everett, and Watertown are invited to discuss local ap...
 
 
State Sen. Sal DiDomenico Visits CHA to Promote Childhood Literacy
5/4/2015
On April 28, Mass. State Senator Sal DiDomenico visited the CHA Windsor Street Health Center to read to children as part of Reach Out and Read . The program prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. Through the program, Cambridge Health Alliance gives books to children from ages 6 months through 5 years old at every checkup or visit. Sen. DiDomenico also toured the center and met with the staff to lear...
 
CHA Community Initiative to Lead Alcohol Awareness Rally in Everett
4/14/2015
EVERETT, Mass. – In recognition of April as Alcohol Awareness Month, Teens in Everett Against Substance Abuse (TEASA) will hold an alcohol awareness rally on Thursday, April 16, at 4:30 p.m. in Everett Square. Sixty-six percent of high school students and 33 percent of middle school students think it’s “very easy” or “sort of easy” to obtain alcohol according to 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey data collected from Everett middle and high school students. While alcohol use has decreased in recent years in...
 
CHA Launches Community Health Survey
3/16/2015
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) , a comprehensive academic community health system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, Everett, Malden, Medford, Revere, Chelsea, and Winthrop, has launched a community health survey as part of a comprehensive effort to develop a strategic plan for how CHA will deliver care in the future. CHA is committed to improving the health of its patients and communities, with special expertise in caring for low-income and vulnerable populations. The survey gives r...
 
CHA Community Program Leads Youth-Police Dialogue in Everett
12/12/2014
On December 11, Teens in Everett Against Substance Abuse (TEASA), a youth program affiliated with Cambridge Health Alliance, joined the Boys & Girls Club of Everett and the Everett Police Department for a youth-police dialogue. CHA’s Jaime Lederer, MSW, MPH, coordinator of the Everett Community Health Partnership -Substance Abuse Coalition, moderated the event, which aimed to connect and build relationships and partnerships in the wake of recent concerns surrounding the death of an unarmed blac...
 
Somerville Health Foundation Announces Recipients of 2014 Community Funding
11/25/2014
Somerville, Mass. - The Somerville Health Foundation (SHF) has announced the recipients of this year’s community funding. Cambridge Health Alliance CEO Patrick Wardell and President of the CHA Foundation and Chief Community Officer Mary Cassesso recently joined SHF trustees to award the grants and honor the 12 organizations that were selected for alignment with SHF’s priorities. Through this funding, the Foundation strives to promote and support the preventive health efforts to improve health outco...
 
CHA Promotes Infant Safe Sleep with Visit from Mass. Secretary of Health and Human Services
11/19/2014
Cambridge, Mass. – Teaching parents about infant safe sleep practices continues to be at the forefront of new parent education at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA). In partnership with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS), CHA’s Labor and Delivery and Newborn Care units have been disseminating information on how to prevent sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUIDs) by practicing safe sleep methods.   Secretary of Health and Human Services John Polanowicz visited CHA’s Ma...
 
Mary Cassesso Named President of CHA Foundation and Chief Community Officer
9/23/2014
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a vital and innovative community health system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, has appointed Mary Cassesso as president of the CHA Foundation and chief community officer. Ms. Cassesso brings more than 25 years of executive experience in state and municipal government and higher education.   Ms. Cassesso, a lifelong Somerville resident, served for 10 years on CHA’s Board of Trustees and as its...
 
 
Flatbread Company Benefit Raises Money for CHA
6/19/2014
CHA's Department of Family Planning held a benefit night on Tuesday, June 17 th ,   at Flatbread Company in Somerville’s Davis Square.  The event raised nearly $1,000 to support comprehensive programming focused on reproductive health counseling, community health education, and youth development across our communities. Flatbread Company donated a portion of its pizza sales for the night to the cause, with the remainder raised through an on-site raffle.
 
CHA Community Health Youth Groups Prep for College at Lesley University
6/18/2014
Cambridge Health Alliance’s Empowering Youth in Our Community class and the Helping Hands at Work afterschool club at Everett High School attended a field trip to Lesley University last month. With funding from the Department of Public Health, students toured a college campus and learned about life after high school, including applying for financial aid, choosing a major, and getting an undergraduate degree to then move on to medical or dental school. Students attending the trip were able to spend ...
 
Malden’s Wellness Celebration Kicks Off a Healthy Summer
6/12/2014
Malden, Mass. – More than 700 people came to the Malden Wellness Celebration and Bike Rodeo, a collaborative effort planned by the City of Malden, YWCA Malden, Bike to the Sea, Mass in Motion, Massachusetts Safe Routes to School, the Partnership for Community Schools in Malden, and Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA).   The free, family-oriented event was held at the CHA Malden Family Medicine Center at 195 Canal Street on Saturday, June 7.   More than 40 representatives from many of Malden’s heal...
 
Boys & Girls Clubs of Middlesex County Honors Cambridge Health Alliance
3/31/2014
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 ...
 
Cambridge Health Alliance Offers Farmer Dave’s CSA
3/21/2014
Cambridge, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a vital and innovative community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, has teamed up with Farmer Dave’s, a sustainable farm in Dracut, Mass., to bring locally-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables to Cambridge with a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. The program is one of many initiatives CHA has implemented to support its mission to improve the health of its communities. In the CSA program, consum...
 
CHA's Everett Older Adult Health Program Offers Free "Living Alone" Workshop
12/12/2013
Everett, Mass. – The Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) Everett Older Adult Health Program and the Everett Council on Aging, along with sponsorship of the Everett Foundation for the Aged, will host "Living Alone Out Loud," a free four-session program led by Kathy Hoey, manager of CHA's Outpatient Geriatric Psychiatry department. The workshop is designed to help participants boost their mood and energy, deal with stress and challenges, and find more balance and contentment. All Everett r...
 
CHA Teams with Shaw’s to Provide Thanksgiving Meals to Families in Need
12/2/2013
Somerville, Mass. - Cambridge Health Alliance patients benefited from a generous holiday donation by Shaw’s/Twin City Plaza, as the supermarket provided 30 full Thanksgiving meals for families in need. On Tuesday, November 26, CHA social workers and staff distributed the meals, which included a fully cooked turkey and all the fixings, to patients as well as the CHA food pantry and housing sites tied to CHA's Elder Service Plan. The donation was the result of funds raised through Shaw’s "Turkey Bucks" pr...
 
Somerville Health Foundation Announces Recipients of 2013 Community Funding
11/21/2013
Somerville, Mass. - The Somerville Health Foundation (SHF) has announced the recipients of this year’s community funding. Cambridge Health Alliance CEO Patrick Wardell recently joined SHF trustees to award the grants and honor the 11 organizations that were selected for alignment with the SHF’s priorities. Through this funding, the Foundation strives to promote and support the preventive health efforts to improve health outcomes of the residents of the City of Somerville, Massachusetts. The major p...
 
CHA Celebrates the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 21
11/18/2013
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – What does a day without tobacco mean to you? Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) invites you to answer this question as it joins the American Cancer Society and communities across the nation in celebrating the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 21, 2013. Just by quitting for a day, you will see instant benefits – saving money, improved health and having more time for yourself or your family. Maybe you’ve tried quitting several times without success, but your next quit will be o...
 
CHA Dedicates Building in Honor of Former Cambridge City Manager Robert W. Healy
11/13/2013
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a vital and innovative community health system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, has renamed the Ambulatory Care Center at its Cambridge Hospital campus in honor of Robert W. Healy, who retired earlier this year after serving as the Cambridge City Manager for over 30 years. From the beginning of his tenure as city manager in 1981, Mr. Healy (pictured, right, with CHA CEO Patrick Wardell) showed an unwavering commi...
 
Cambridge Safety Net Collaborative Highlighted at National Police Chief Conference
11/5/2013
CHA psychologist James Barrett, PhD, and Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert C. Haas recently presented at the annual conference of the  International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) on the Cambridge Safety Net Collaborative, a partnership between CHA, the Cambridge Police Department , Cambridge Public Schools , and the Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs . The Collaborative limits youth involvement in the juvenile justice system through coordinated prevention, intervention,...
 
Cambridge Public Health Department Initiative Featured on Let's Move Blog
11/4/2013
A Cambridge Public Health Department initiative to address childhood obesity was featured on First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move blog. Th e  blog posting highlights the health department’s annual mini-grant competition, in which winning organizations receive $500 awards to develop activities that promote healthy eating and physical activity. The Cambridge Public Health Department , managed by CHA, oversees a number of healthy weight initiatives, including Let’s Move! Cambridge , the Ca...
 
CHA to Hold Day of Violence Awareness Health Fair on October 21st
10/15/2013
Cambridge, Mass. – Domestic violence is a pervasive and urgent issue. Nearly one in three women and more than one in five men in Massachusetts experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetimes. In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) will hold a Day of Violence Awareness Health Fair at its Cambridge Hospital campus (1493 Cambridge St.) on Monday, October 21 st , from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event, which is free and ope...
 
 
Cambridge Health Alliance Primary Care Practices Awarded Highest Level Recognition by National Committee for Quality Assurance
3/18/2013
Cambridge, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a Harvard-affiliated healthcare system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston's metro-north region, announced today that four of its primary care practices have been awarded Recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 program. Cambridge Family Health, Cambridge Family Health North, Broadway Health Center in Somerville, and the Malden Family Medicine Center received Level 3 Recognition, th...
 
Cambridge Receives Roadmaps to Health Prize from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Celebration of Its Efforts to Improve Health
2/21/2013
Cambridge , Mass. - Cambridge is one of six inaugural winners of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Roadmaps to Health Prize . The prize honors outstanding community partnerships across the United States which are helping residents live healthier lives. The community has received a cash prize of $25,000 in recognition of its efforts and was honored on Feb. 20 at an event held at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey. The city of Cambridge will celebrate this achievement...