Community Benefits

The Attorney General’s Community Benefits Guidelines call upon hospitals to identify and respond to unmet community health needs by formalizing their approach to community benefits planning, collaborating with community representatives to identify and create programs that address those needs, and issuing annual reports on their efforts. 

Led by the Community Benefits Advisory Committee (CBAC), efforts strive to address the most pressing health needs in our community based off of state data, needs assessments and what we see and hear is needed most in our communities.


Spotlight on Anti-Vaping Efforts

By High School Senior & Anti-Vaping Advocate, Annemarie Noe

Mrs. Amy Heath, Newburyport Wellness Teacher

February 5, 2020

The next anti-vaping spotlight is on Newburyport High School Wellness Teacher, Mrs. Amy Heath. She has been one of the staff leaders working to address the teen vaping epidemic in Newburyport schools. 

My journey with Mrs. Heath started nearly three years ago after my first day of freshman year when I realized the magnitude of vaping. Both myself and my parents didn’t know enough about the topic which is what inspired the idea of creating a curriculum with the Wellness department. I thought that if I had these questions about vaping, maybe other students did too! Also, we as students were witnessing the teen vaping epidemic first hand. The longer Big Tobacco makes vaping cheap, sweet and easy to get – and without knowing the harmful impact - the more teens are open to trying it and regularly vaping.

I went to Mrs. Heath and together we identified techniques to educate students in a fun and alternative style. As mentioned in my last spotlight, we created a three stage curriculum: a pre-test to collect data for the students’ previous knowledge, an educational video to provide a visual for the harmful effect of vaping, and a group discussion on the negative impacts of vaping to conclude. Boston 25 News featured our work in the video below! 

Mrs. Heath has also brought attention to the teen vaping epidemic aside from our classroom curriculum, working with other staff to form an Anti-Vape Task Force. Mrs. Heath has been an unsung hero in the combat to educate today’s youth on the dangers of vaping. I admire her passion to educate others and her dedication to fight the teen vaping epidemic!

About the Spotlight Series 

Annemarie Noe, Newburyport High School Senior, has partnered with Anna Jaques to feature a spotlight series showcasing different efforts - including her own - to address vaping in the Newburyport community. Follow along as Annemarie shares her insights, experiences, and efforts to create positive change. 

As printed in the Boston Globe: "On her first day of freshman year at Newburyport High School, Annemarie Noe walked into a crowded school bathroom, greeted by a group of girls passing around their vape. She went home after school and asked her mom what exactly a vape was.

“It was kind of really eye-opening for me because you expect your parents to have all the answers, and when my parents didn’t, it inspired me to look deeper into it,” said Noe, who is now a senior.

Noe recently received the 2019 Girl Scout Gold Award for creating an anti-vaping curriculum in the Newburyport school district. The Gold Award is the highest possible award attainable in the Girl Scouts."

Also visit her Anti-Teen Vape website

Community Benefits Process

Following an updated Community Health Needs Assessment in 2019, Community Benefit efforts for the next three years are aimed at the prevention and awareness of: cancer & substance use

Reports:

With questions or comments about the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment or any Community Benefit program, email ksullivan@ajh.org

A three-year plan, which concluded in 2018, supported programs and participated in coalitions aimed at the prevention and awareness of: cancer, obesity and substance use. Highlights included: 

  • (Obesity) Free Workouts in Amesbury & Newburyport (Obesity): 400+ people participated in the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Workout Series hosted by Anna Jaques with 11 local gyms and studios offering free workouts. AJH and the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce partnered to offer the new “Fitness by the Falls” program of free weekly workouts in Amesbury throughout the summer. 
  • (Substance Use) Essex County Asset Builder Network is a regional program to bring together the communities of Amesbury, Georgetown, Newbury, Rowley, Salisbury and Newburyport to create a common language of asset- based youth development as it has been shown that youth who have more assets are less likely to engage in risky behaviors. AJH participates on the Executive Committee as well as supports events such as the “Addiction in the Workplace” panel discussion for business owners and leaders that Dr. Jamie Morse, Chief of Emergency Medicine, participated on. 
  • (Cancer) Breast Cancer Awareness Month Efforts: AJH distributed 25,000 coffee sleeves to local shops and bakeries in Newburyport, Salisbury, Amesbury, West Newbury, Groveland, Haverhill, and Merrimac with a reminder to schedule your annual mammogram.