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BIDMC is constructing its first new inpatient building in more than twenty (20) years. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health requires this building project to go through a Determination of Need (DoN) process. The DoN process is used to promote health for all residents and to ensure health resources are fairly distributed across the state. The DoN process directs BIDMC to dedicate 5% of the total project cost towards a Community-based Health Initiative to help improve the health and wellbeing of all members of the community that BIDMC serves.
Given 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 within the City of Boston. 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 are: Allston/Brighton, Bowdoin/Geneva in Dorchester, Chinatown, Fenway/Kenmore, and Roxbury/Mission Hill.
BIDMC has assembled a Community Advisory Committee made up of leaders and local residents from BIDMC’s Community Benefit Service Area to inform and guide the Community-based Health Initiative process. The Community Advisory Committee will use health information and input from community members to determine what health priorities BIDMC should focus on for the Community-based Health Initiative.
BIDMC will form an independent Allocation Committee made up of individuals without personal or conflicting interests with the Community-based Health Initiative funding. This independent Allocation Committee will be tasked with overseeing a transparent, public and competitive process for awarding funds for local strategies that address the health priorities, as identified by the Community Advisory Committee. The independent Allocation Committee will include BIDMC staff, BIDMC Department of Community Benefits representatives, a member of a Community Development Corporation1 or similar organization, a resident of the BIDMC Community Benefit Service Area, and local experts and representatives from the City of Boston. 1Community development corporations (CDCs) are 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that support and revitalize impoverished communities. CDCs help with the development of affordable housing and are involved in a wide range of community services such as education, job training, healthcare, commercial development, and other social programs.