An innovative partnership between CHA, the Malden Health Department, and the Malden community to improve the health of Malden residents.
Malden Community Health Improvement (MCHI) recognizes that health is influenced by many things around us, including social, economic, political, and environmental factors as well as our own behaviors.
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 that involves 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 broadly at 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.
Core Activities - What We Do
Collect, assess, and disseminate community health data.
Community visioning and coordinating systems change efforts.
Facilitating coalition development. This includes supporting community coalitions to improve health and quality of life in Malden (substance abuse prevention, youth development, youth health/wellbeing, HIV/AIDS prevention, nutrition/activity promotion, and environmental change and improvement).
Since 2007, MCHI has collaborated with coalitions and task forces, Malden Public Schools, and 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 Chinese Americans, and coordination of both the Malden-Everett HIV/AIDS Taskforce and the Wellbeing of Malden Youth Roundtable.
MCHI produced the Wellbeing of Malden Youth report in January 2010 and the Wellbeing of Malden report in 2015.
The Malden Health Improvement Director also serves as Co-Director of the Community Medicine Curriculum with the Tufts University Family Medicine Residency.