BIDMC New Inpatient Building Community-based Health Initiative (CHI)

Hands of community-based health initiativeAs part of the construction process of BIDMC's first new inpatient building in twenty (20) years, BIDMC is launching a Community-based Health Initiative. The Community-based Health Initiative is a multi-step process that will be informed and driven by the community that BIDMC serves. The goal of the initiative is to begin to identify and address important community health needs through the awarding of funding and resources.

BIDMC has formed a Community Advisory Committee that is made up of leaders and local residents to help guide the Community-based Health Initiative process. This process starts with community engagement and assessment of the health needs and strengths in the City of Boston, with a focus in the following neighborhoods1: Allston/Brighton, Bowdoin/Geneva in Dorchester, Chinatown, Fenway/Kenmore and Roxbury/Mission Hill.

The Community Advisory Committee will use the information gathered to identify health priority areas for the Community-based Health Initiative to address.

Once the health priorities are determined, an independent Allocation Committee will be formed to help BIDMC select local strategies and direct funds into the community. This will include a public and competitive funding award process.

Upcoming Community Advisory Committee Meetings

January 28th, 2020

April 28th, 2020

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Community-based Health Initiative Timeline

  • March 2019 to July 2019 – Collection of input from local residents, community leaders and other key informants on health priorities
  • August 2019 to December 2019 – Selection of health priorities and local strategies for funding
  • By May 2020 – Awarding of funds to the community

Community Engagement: We Want to Hear from You!

BIDMC welcomes public input throughout the Community-based Health Initiative process. Members of the public are encouraged to attend Community Advisory Committee meetings and participate in community forums and annual public meetings. To register to receive updates, please complete the form at the bottom of this page. Please contact us with any questions or comments by email at

Community-based Health Initiative Updates

Past Community Health Meetings

Check the Community-based Health Initiative website for updates or sign up below to receive timely updates as they are made available:

1Given BIDMC’s historic focus on and continued commitment to the underserved, BIDMC will concentrate its efforts on the neighborhoods identified as having the greatest health needs within BIDMC’s Community Benefit Service Area. Due to recent changes to BIDMC’s Community Benefit Service Area, BIDMC will initially focus on the overlapping neighborhoods of the old and new Community Benefit Service Area. As a result, BIDMC’s focus neighborhoods for the Community-based Health Initiative Community Benefits Service Areas include the following City of Boston areas: Allston/Brighton, Bowdoin/Geneva in Dorchester, Chinatown, Fenway/Kenmore, and Roxbury/Mission Hill.