MPHA would like to congratulate Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH) for winning the 2015 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service. MGH is being honored for its work partnering with local communities to address the social determinants of health and to fully integrate community health into the hospital’s patient care, teaching and research missions. Among the community organizations that MGH works with are MPHA partners Revere CARES, Healthy Chelsea and Revere on the Move (ROTM). In MGH’s award announcement, Revere CARES, Healthy Chelsea and ROTM were recognized for their work partnering with communities to reduce substance use by changing policies and systems and to change residents’ food and physical environments so that healthy choices about eating and active living are easier to make.
MGH’s award announcement noted Revere CARES’ success in significantly reducing all key indicators of teen substance use in Revere. ROTM was noted for its work with the City of Revere to create a bicycle network, and its partnership with Walk Boston to build a 1.8-mile walking trail and provide mini-grants for the development of a community-wide garden. Healthy Chelsea was noted for its leadership in passing a ban on artificial trans fat in food service establishments in 2013, the only regulation in the country at that time which totally banned trans fat.