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Interview with Claritza Abreu
ICH Board Chair


I am very excited to be part of this great organization. As a concerned community member, I believe that there're still so many impactful changes needed in the delivery system and in the overall health of our communities. I also know that ICH, with its expertise in participatory research, evaluation and in leveraging evidence-based practice and academic research can support us in making those changes. Please join me, the board and the staff in fulfilling this exciting mission. 


February 2014 
Dear ICH Supporter,

Here at ICH we've jumped right into 2014! We're challenging ourselves to explore new and improved ways to communicate results through data visualization techniques and supporting our local communities through our inaugural ICH Volunteer Day. Check out our stories below for more information and opportunities to contribute to our sustainable community health movement! 

In Good Health, 
Lise E. Fried, DSc, MS
Executive Director (Interim)
ICH Impact
Helping Hospitals Assess Community Needs

IRS regulations now require all non-profit hospitals to complete Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs) every three years. ICH has conducted CHNAs for three hospital systems across the state: Hallmark Health System, Harrington HealthCare System and Jordan Hospital (now BID-Plymouth). 


While we tailor our approach to each health system, our methods typically include stakeholder interviews, community surveys, and secondary data review. We synthesize these data and identify areas of concern and strengths to capitalize upon. Hospitals systems use this information to prioritize resources to invest in community programming and clinical services, leading to improved patient and community health. 

Planning your next needs assessment?  Completed yours and need help with next steps? Contact us for more information.

Nominate ICH as Your Boston Globe GRANT Recipient
Attention Boston Globe subscribers! This Valentine's Day show your support for community health by designating ICH as your Globe GRANT nominee! 
With your Boston Globe subscription, you'll receive a gift check to allocate to your favorite non-profit. This simple gesture allows us to advertise our services in The Globe and reach more communities across MA. You too can help communities thrive!
ICH in the Community
Volunteer Day at Cradles to Crayons! 

In January, ICH staff volunteered at Cradles to Crayons (C2C), a non-profit that collects and distributes essential items for low-income children across the state of MA. ICH staff inspected donated items to ensure they met the C2C quality standard: "quality equals dignity." 


We were so honored to assist the C2C staff with this vital work and thankful for this team-building exercise!  Read ICH staff's take on volunteer day.

What Our Partners Say About Us

"We've worked with ICH for many, many years. They provide incredible knowledge and expertise beyond what we have available at our organization. They have worked with us to tailor our evaluation efforts, so that the results are useful and can guide decisions about programmatic changes.  We also have used the results of our evaluation efforts to illustrate program outcomes and successes."


- Jen Baily, Agenda for Children Program Coordinator


Interested in working with ICH? Email us at For more information on our experience and expertise, please visit our Products & Services page.
From the Blog: Data Vizualization
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