Community Benefits

Community Benefits Guidelines

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.



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.