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Community Health

We‘re driven to eliminate health-related disparities, increase equity and build healthier communities in Boston and beyond.

Since our founding in 1811, Massachusetts General Hospital has been deeply committed to caring for our communities. We’ve never wavered from this crucial pillar of our mission. As a result, Mass General is a nationally recognized leader on matters of community and public health. In fact, we’re the only academic medical center that has won both of the nation’s top community health prizes.

Mass General has the experience, talent, resources and dedication to play a sustained role in promoting health equity for everyone in our communities, regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status.

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Imagine a future where ...

  • Our toughest public health challenges are addressed with proven, broadly applied solutions that focus on equity in all our communities.
  • More people and families can count on healthy meals as well as stable, safe and affordable housing.
  • Our young people have access to expanded educational opportunities and behavioral health resources.
  • Incidents of trauma and violence are reduced, and survivors receive the support they need.

By partnering with our communities, uniting top Mass General talent from across disciplines and providing robust resources, we’re uniquely positioned to continue leading the field in addressing the most persistent problems affecting our communities.

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The Making of a World-Class Sickle Cell Treatment Center

Sharl Azar, MD, was recruited to Mass General in 2020 to build a comprehensive, inclusive program to treat adult patients with sickle cell disease, and the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Center was born. In the three years since, the Center has become a nationally recognized and highly sought-after service.

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