Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s vision is to make the mid-Pioneer Valley the nation’s model healthy community. One of the components of that vision is to improve access to programs to meet the community’s medical needs and partner with the community to develop practices that encourage health and a high quality of life.
Through its Healthy Communities Committee, Cooley Dickinson monitors local health status and works collaboratively to improve health. In this Community Benefits Plan, Cooley Dickinson describes its mission, structure, processes for community health engagement and provides the community benefits plan for fiscal year 2014 (FY 14).
The Cooley Dickinson Hospital mission:
To provide our patients and communities with the best health care in the most appropriate setting.
The Cooley Dickinson Hospital Community Benefits Mission:
Cooley Dickinson Health Care Corporation (Cooley Dickinson) will work in partnership with community leaders in business, government, education, religion, public health, healthcare and other areas to develop and enact a common vision of improving the health status of the communities and people we serve.
The community health improvement mission will be accomplished by providing accessible, quality health care services at a reasonable price, by taking an active role in assessing community needs, by developing a plan and allocating resources to said needs, and by serving as a role model for other institutions.
The above mission was affirmed by the Cooley Dickinson Health Care Corporation Board of Trustees, February 1995; revised, August 1996 and October 2009.
Healthy Communities Structure:
The Cooley Dickinson Hospital Healthy Communities Committee was established in 1995 to carry out the community health mission of the hospital. The committee membership includes a mix of community members and hospital representatives, including a physician, senior staff and board members.
In 2013, the members of the Healthy Communities Committee decided that the creation of subcommittees and a steering committee would advance their work more efficiently. This plan will be implemented during FY 14.
The Healthy Communities Committee guides community health assessment and planning, including approving the community benefits plan and budget. The committee reviews program goals and makes recommendations for interventions to improve community health.
Click on the links below, or at the left in the navigation under "Community Benefits," to access each section of the Community Benefits Plan 2014.
Access to Care
Chronic Disease and Prevention
Community Health Assessment
Healthy Eating/Tobacco Control
Supporting Health Equality
Implementation the 2014 Community Benefits Plan
The Community Benefit Plan contains five areas that require sending out requests for proposals (RFPs):
3. Mental Health
4. Youth Substance Abuse/Prevention
5. Latino Health Access
In order to implement the Community Benefits Plan, the Healthy Communities Committee will break up into small groups to determine criteria for each RFP, review proposals, award grants, serve as liaisons to each project, and monitor progress. Members of the Committee will also make site visits to long-standing programs to determine their community benefit.