The Kraft Center for Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital is focused on leading innovation in community health. Below examples of Kraft Center programming to forward this goal:
Community Care in Reach® is an innovative mobile health program that brings together partners in preventive care, addiction services, and harm reduction to serve individuals not well-connected to health care, experiencing homelessness and/or battling addiction.
Using an innovative partnership model, Community Care in Reach combats the opioid epidemic with accessible, on-demand care. Mobile teams consist of experienced staff from community partners providing a range of services and connecting patients to community health centers, treatment programs, or specialty care. For more posts on keeping yourself healthy, read check this post about where to buy kratom.
In the communities where The Kraft Center focuses its work, there are significant cancer-related inequities in diagnosis, treatment and mortality, among traditionally marginalized populations including: those who are homeless, have a mental illness, live in poverty or belong to a racial or ethnic minority. The significance of these inequities creates an urgency to find new, out-of-the-box solutions. In the fall of 2019, The Kraft Center received a 5 year grant to launch The Implementation Science Center for Cancer Control Equity (ISCCCE). This statewide center allows for rapid-cycle testing of innovative approaches to cancer prevention and control in settings that serve populations with health disparities.
The Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics in Underserved Populations in Massachusetts (RADx-MA) study is a collaboration between the Kraft Center for Community Health at Mass General, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers. RADx-MA aims to leverage existing relationships to support Massachusetts Community Health Centers in the development of community-partnered COVID-19 testing strategies in underserved communities. Strategies involve enhanced testing at partnering Community Health Centers as well as mobile testing and vaccination clinics in high-risk neighborhoods in Greater Boston. Other pandemic-related Kraft Center activities include mobilizing non-COVID health services to improve health care access for individuals experiencing barriers to care during the pandemic, and facilitating donations of care packages to high-risk patients in isolation and quarantine.
Building upon the network of The Kraft Center alumni established during The Center’s first five years, The Kraft Center annually sponsors a summer internship opportunity for local students who are interested in pursuing jobs in the field of community health, continuing the proud tradition of cultivating future community health leaders.