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Board Member Profile: Dr. David Link
As Former Chief of Pediatrics at Cambridge Health Alliance and Chair of Pediatrics at Mount Auburn Hospital, Dr. Link oversees the care of thousands of children across greater Boston.


Dr. Link views public health as a core mission of pediatrics, and has been instrumental in establishing registries at CHA to monitor and improve child health. In particular, the Childhood Asthma Registry has dramatically reduced asthmatic children's emergency room visits and hospital admissions, and the immunization registry has increased immunization rates to historically high levels. Most recently, he has established the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD) registry, which aims to optimize care for children with ADHD and improve their academic performance and behavior.

 October 2013 
Dear ICH Supporter,  

Welcome to The Institute for Community Health's (ICH's) October newsletter! We hope you enjoy our new, streamlined format.


As implementation of the Affordable Care Act begins this month, we would like to call particular attention to this time of opportunity for local and national improvements in health care delivery and public health practice.  


Here at ICH, we have a long-standing commitment to working in

collaboration with community-based organizations, hospitals, health departments, and others to build capacity
and impact the health of communities.  We look forward to new and continued opportunities to work together.

Lise E. Fried, DSc, MS

Executive Director (Interim) 

ICH Impact
Transforming Community Access to Health Information
ICH's Dr. Leah Zallman and Lynn Ibekwe, MPH partnered with the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) and the Department of Population Medicine at the Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare Institute to develop a Community Wellness Map--an interactive, web-based map to help residents be active, eat well, and live healthy.


Visit the map and read more about the project!
What our Partners are Saying

"In truth, our partnership with ICH has resulted in us institutionalizing evaluation and use of data in our daily work; it has become part of how we 'do business.'"


---Erica Fletcher, Ed.M.,  Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy Program Director


Interested in contracting or partnering with ICH? Email us at [email protected]. For more information on our experience and expertise, please visit our Products & Services page.
Posters & Presentations

Ten ICH projects will be featured at the American Evaluation Association Annual Meeting (AEA) and the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting (APHA) this fall. ICH staffers will present on a variety of topics, including substance abuse, teen pregnancy prevention, health disparities, participatory program evaluation, needs assessments, and more. View our presentations here!

From the Blog
 Qualitative Methods Series

In the ICH spirit of co-learning and capacity-building, Research and Evaluation Scientists, Eileen Dryden, PhD and Julie Carpineto, MFA, created an introductory qualitative methods series geared towards community partners. This series features:



For more information on ICH's approach to and experience with qualitative methods please visit our website.

 Intern Reflections Series
The ICH Education Program  provides students with experiential learning opportunities in community-based research and evaluation. With over  150 interns to date, ICH has a longstanding commitment to the future of the public health workforce.


In September, the ICH blog featured stories from our summer interns. Click below to hear about our interns' projects and goals after ICH, in their own words.

For more information on the ICH Education Program please visit our website.
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