Community Health Needs

Understanding Community Health Needs

To better understand current health needs in our community, Boston Children’s Hospital conducts a comprehensive needs assessment every three years.  The findings inform the direction of our community mission and the scope of our community health work. It also helps to ensure that we are utilizing our resources and leveraging community partnerships in the most effective way.

Our formal and comprehensive needs assessment is only one part of our approach to understanding the complex health needs and vital resources within our community. We are constantly listening and learning from youth, parents, neighborhood residents, other health providers, City leaders and many others-about what concerns them the most.

Boston Children’s addresses the health needs and issues identified through its clinical care, services and programs and in collaboration with community partners. 

Boston Children's has completed its health assessment for 2016.

The 2016 assessment coincided with Boston Children’s successful application for approval from the Department of Public Health (DPH) for its plans to revitalize and expand the Longwood campus. As part of those plans, the hospital is preparing to make a significant investment with additional funds back to the community through a DPH required Community Health Initiative (CHI).  The plan to distribute those funds will be informed by the assessment.

2016 Community Health Needs Assessment Materials


For a copy of the complete report click here. For a summary of our process and findings, click here. For a copy of the evaluation report about our community engagement process, click here.

For the 2016 Community Health and Benefits Strategic Implementation Plan, click here

Boston Children’s welcomes comments on its most recently completed Community Health Needs Assessment and implementation strategy.  Comments may be submitted by email to or by mail to Boston Children’s Hospital, 300 Longwood Avenue, BCH 3173, Boston, MA 02115.  Attention: Shari Nethersole, MD, Executive Director, Office of Community Health.

Past Community Health Assessments

Click here for a copy of the complete 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment report and click here for the 2013 Community Health and Benefits Plan.

 Click here for a copy of the Boston Children's 2009 Community Health Needs Assessment Report.