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.
The Community Benefits Program at Anna Jaques Hospital, led by the Community Benefits Advisory Committee (CBAC), strives 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.
FY18 was the final of a three-year plan to support events and programs and participates on coalitions that address the prevention and awareness of: cancer, obesity and substance use. FY18 Highlights include:
- 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.
- Essex County Asset Builder Network (ECAB) (Substance Use): The ECAB 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 continues to participate on the Executive Committee as well as support 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.
- Breast Cancer Awareness Month Efforts (Cancer): 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. We also once again hosted the “Pink Up the Port” campaign to encourage local businesses to incorporate pink and breast cancer awareness into the workplace during October. Interlocks Salon + Spa was named the 2018 Pink Up the Port winner.