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The primary areas of focus and the target populations for the Community Benefits Plan are detailed below:
Community Benefits Priorities, the Target Populations
• The community at-large to be prepared for disasters and emergencies, both natural and man-made, such as seasonal and pandemic flu or accidents involving large numbers of victims.
• Local community groups and health care systems, collaborating to avoid duplication of services and provide services to those most in need.
• Residents needing access to health care, especially focused on uninsured or underserved residents of our core communities. This includes the recruitment, education, and training of nurses, physicians, other practitioners, and community volunteers needed to care for these populations. It also includes research, as appropriate to enhance access to health care and improve health services.
• Low to moderate income, unserved and underserved elderly in our communities, especially those living in the communities of Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Reading, Saugus, Stoneham, and Wakefield.
• Families with children/adolescents at risk due to poverty, isolation, language or cultural barriers, domestic violence, access to care issues, or lack of skills to navigate the health care system, lack of early prenatal care or those in need of developing parenting skills. These efforts will focus especially on families in Malden, Medford, Melrose, Saugus, Everett, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, Wilmington, Winchester, Burlington, and Woburn.
• Residents of all ages coping with a variety of behavioral health issues; this also includes their families.
• Residents at risk for developing cardiovascular disease or those experiencing health issues due to undiagnosed or poorly understood cardiovascular risks, including those at risk for developing Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and for suffering a stroke. *
• Community members at risk for developing diabetes or with diabetes management issues. This includes identification and treatment of gestational diabetes, especially in the Malden area. *
• Community members at risk for developing cancer or being treated for cancer, with a focus on lung cancer, colorectal cancer, oral, head and neck cancer, breast cancer, and skin cancer.
• Men and women at risk for developing bone and joint injuries or disease with a focus on injury prevention for all ages, specifically falls prevention, arthritis and osteoporosis prevention and detection, and prevention of sports injuries- including head injury in youth*.
• Men, women, and children with weight management issues, with a specific focus on obesity prevention for adults and children.
• Haitian and Haitian/American families, based on public health data these efforts will focus especially on families living in Everett, Malden, and Medford and relief efforts for residents of the country of Haiti
• Residents impacted by Tuberculosis, especially those residing in Everett, Malden, and Medford.
*Due to the pervasive scope of these target populations, the focus area is primarily on the eight CHNA 16 communities including Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham and Wakefield. Saugus is also included as a primary community. Emphasis will be placed on serving those residents that are underserved due to socio-economic factors, age (elderly and children) or other health disparities such as cultural or language barriers.