In 2019, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC), an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, updated its Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Founded in 1903 with the promise to honor our elders, we have served seniors’ health care needs in several neighborhoods within the city of Boston, and more recently, in the towns of Brookline, Dedham, Needham, Newton, Wellesley, Weston, and Westwood. As a chronic care hospital that primarily serves a community of seniors, it is always our priority to keep seniors healthy and safe in their homes for as long as possible. From flu clinics to caregiver training sessions, we put a lot of emphasis on educating seniors and their loved ones on the necessary steps and care needed to remain independent.

Our 2019 CNHA is aligned with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that calls for private, nonprofit hospitals to provide a comprehensive review of unmet health needs in the communities we serve. In alignment with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s efforts to support health care reform, reduce barriers to access and improve quality, HRC analyzed community input, available public data and an inventory of existing programs. HRC also participated in a Boston-wide Community Health Needs Assessment this year that will help develop sustainable change in the health of Boston residents citywide. Our CHNA findings show that seniors in our communities need assistance with the following:

  • Access to Geriatric Specialists and Services:
    • Access to Various Geriatric Specialists
    • Transportation
  • Behavioral Health
    • Outpatient Alzheimer’s Care
    • Mental Health and Depression Services
  • Financial Security
    • Prevention of Elder Abuse and Neglect
    • Financial Assistance Programs
  • Housing Affordability
    • Supportive Senior Living with Affordable Services
  • Closing Racial and Ethnic Disparities that Exist in Health Care
    • Addressing Linguistic and Cultural Barriers

 In response to these findings, HRC developed an implementation plan documenting goals, our current services, and our action plan and timeline.  We thank members of the HRC community for their helpful guidance and input in compiling this 2019 CHNA.

We invite you to review our 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment and our 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment.  Become involved in aspects that are mutually rewarding to your organization and its goals.