Providing Equitable Care Throughout Our Community

A deeply held core value is Beth Israel Deaconess' commitment to providing the highest quality, equitable care to all in our community.


Leading this effort is BIDMC’s Community Benefits Committee and senior administrative and clinical leadership, but it is not their responsibility alone. The success of our community benefits efforts to improve the health status of underserved communities lies in the integration of this value and dedication into the very fabric of the medical center's culture, policies, procedures and programs. This orientation is reflected in how we provide care at the medical center and in affiliated practices in urban neighborhoods and rural areas.

Providing direction for our collective commitment and effort are the Community Benefits Guiding Principles adopted by a broad-based constituency of the Board, senior leadership and staff.

BIDMC is committed to improving the health and well-being of residents throughout its Community Benefits service area. Through its Community Benefits Department, BIDMC works in collaboration with the area’s key community health stakeholders and residents to address the needs and priorities identified by this assessment.

The 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and the Community Health Implementation Strategy were the culmination of nearly a year of work, involving thousands of community residents, service providers, community advocates, Commonwealth and local public officials, and staff throughout BIDMC, its affiliates and its community partners. BIDMC is proud to be a founding member and active participant in the Boston CHNA-CHIP Collaborative and also participated in the North Suffolk Integrated Community Health Needs Assessment. The CHNA and Implementation Strategy represent BIDMC’s commitment to better understand and address the health-related needs of those living in its Community Benefits service area. The CHNA and corresponding Implementation Strategy ensure that BIDMC’s Community Benefits program is carefully aligned with and responsive to the needs of those throughout its Community Benefits service area, particularly the communities and population segments most at-risk. BIDMC’s Community Health Implementation Strategy’s four priorities include Social Determinants of Health, Chronic/Complex Conditions and Risk Factors, Mental Health and Substance Use, and Access to Care.