The CHNA-CHIP Collaborative aims to strengthen connections across sectors and among organizations contributing to the health and well-being of residents in Boston, through building a shared understanding of the most important health needs and assets in our city and through developing and implementing strategies to address the barriers to health.


A healthy Boston with strong communities, connected residents and organizations, coordinated initiatives, and where every individual has an equitable opportunity to live a healthy life.


To achieve sustainable positive change in the health of Boston by collaborating with communities, sharing knowledge, aligning resources, and addressing root causes of health inequities.


  • Equity – Focus on inequities that affect health with an emphasis on race and ethnicity
  • Inclusion – Engage diverse communities and respect diverse viewpoints
  • Data Driven – Be systematic in our process and employ evidence-informed strategies to maximize impact
  • Innovative – Implement approaches that embrace continuous improvement, creativity, and change
  • Integrity – Carry out our work with transparency, responsibility, and accountability
  • Partnership – Build trusting and collaborative relationships between communities and organizations to foster sustainable, community-centered change

The Collaborative will achieve this mission by engaging with the community by:

  • Conducting a joint, participatory community health needs assessment (CHNA) for Boston every 3 years discussing the social, economic, and health needs and assets in the community
  • Developing a collaborative community health improvement plan (CHIP) for Boston to address issues identified as top priority and identify opportunities for shared investment
  • Implementing efforts together where aligned and track individual organizational activities related to those aligned efforts
  • Monitoring and evaluate CHIP strategies for progress and impact to continuously inform implementation
  • Communicating about the process and results to organizational leadership, stakeholders, and the public throughout the assessment, planning, and implementation time period.