BOSTON’S HOSPITALS are currently collaborating on an exciting new way to identify and address the social and economic challenges facing city residents, creating a potentially powerful way to improve health and promote equity. But in order to deliver on this promise, hospitals will need to stretch further, collaborate on investments, measure impact, and make themselves accountable to the community.
Residents of Boston are rightfully proud of our status as a healthcare and educational mecca. The status of our state and our city at the top of many “best of” rankings is something we should be proud of. However, our pride must be tempered by the reality that the benefits of good health have not accrued equally to all residents.