Community Health Network Area 17 (CHNA 17) is one of 27 CHNAs in Massachusetts.
Established in 1992 under the direction of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of Healthy Communities,
the CHNAs are coalitions made up of representatives from public, non-profit and private sectors.
SERVING THE COMMUNITIES OF ARLINGTON, BELMONT, CAMBRIDGE, SOMERVILLE, WALTHAM & WATERTOWN!
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SPOTLIGHT


CHNA 17 Mental Health and Racial Equity Report


by Stacy Carruth, Planning Director, CHNA 17

Last spring, CHNA 17 funded and coordinated an assessment on mental health and racial equity in each of our 6 communities.  38 African American/Black community residents and 39 service providers were interviewed and asked about their perceptions on mental health and racial equity.  A detailed report has been compiled with the findings.  Over the coming months, we'll be sponsoring community forums to share back what we've learned (the calendar of events is below).  The forums are open to the public and we encourage you to participate and to share this information with your networks.  While the report is nearly 100 pages, it also includes a section on each community with the data collected.   Finally, an executive summary is also available (links below).  One of the most important findings from the report is the following:

Community members had much more to say about racism than providers did. Racism was described in every community, and was discussed in detail and in depth by community members, but a significant number of providers in multiple communities expressed that there might not be racially-driven differences in access to services.  Some said that they don’t think people experience racism in their communities. 

Help work with us to bridge this divide!
Executive Summary - Mental Health and Racial Equity
Final Report - Mental Health and Racial Equity

Community Forum Dates and Times

Please note, some dialogues are geared to providers, and others to residents.

  • Somerville Service Providers: Wednesday, November 15th at 1:00-4:00
    Location:  Welcome Project 530 Mystic Ave #111, Somerville.
    Registration:  Michelle Harper, Mharper@egc.org
    617.262.4567.
  • Cambridge Residents: Nov. 18, 10:00-11:30
    Location: Cambridge Community Center - 5 Callander Street, Cambridge, MA.
    Registration: MH_Grant@SPCambridge.org.
  • Arlington/Belmont Service Providers: December 6, 10-1pm
    Location: TBD
    Registration: Natasha Pierre, natashapierrelmhc@gmail.com
    857 304 0030.
  • Belmont Residents: December 11, 6-7:30pm
    Location: TBD
    Registration: Natasha Pierre, natashapierrelmhc@gmail.com
    857 304 0030.
  • Arlington Residents: December 13, 6-7:30pm
    Location: TBD
    Registration: Natasha Pierre, natashapierrelmhc@gmail.com
    857 304 0030.
  • Waltham/Watertown Service Providers: January 10, 10-1pm
    Location: TBD
    Registration: Natasha Pierre, natashapierrelmhc@gmail.com
    857 304 0030.
  • Watertown Residents: January 13, 12-1:30pm
    Location: TBD
    Registration: Natasha Pierre, natashapierrelmhc@gmail.com
    857 304 0030.
  • Waltham Residents: January 19, 6-7:30pm
    Location: TBD
    Registration: Natasha Pierre, natashapierrelmhc@gmail.com
    857 304 0030