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.

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

  • Conduct 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
  • Develop a collaborative community health improvement plan (CHIP) for Boston to address issues identified as top priority and identify opportunities for shared investment
  • Implement efforts together where aligned and track individual organizational activities related to those aligned efforts
  • Monitor and evaluate CHIP strategies for progress and impact to continuously inform implementation
  • Communicate about the process and results to organizational leadership, stakeholders, and the public throughout the assessment, planning, and implementation time period.


The collaborative’s work will be guided by a number of agreed upon values:

  • 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