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The following four principles guide the Alliance. Commitment to partnership The whole concept of the Alliance is one of partnership with the major public health institutions and health care providers in the city, as well a local partnership with all who live or work in a particular neighborhood. In local Alliance neighborhood groups health centers, residents, MDPH vendors and representatives from other local coalitions and community based organizations are working together to address health concerns such as adolescent substance abuse, violence or access to health care. Inclusion of all key stakeholders At the central level, all the key players in public health in the city are collaborating in the planning and evaluation of the partnership; at the local level, the collaborators include police, local hospitals, residents, community health centers and other human service providers. Reflection of the populationâ s diversity The local Alliance groups strive to be inclusive of the communities they represent. Focus on health promotion and prevention The Alliance process is a long-term commitment to a neighborhood collaborative approach to health improvement. Each neighborhood selects a health area to work on based on data and a community assessment. Strategies selected to address the health topic are primarily focused on health promotion and prevention, rather than intervention or treatment.
The Alliance for Community Health is public health planning at the neighborhood level. It consists of a partnership of community coalitions, residents, hospitals, nonprofit organizations and government agencies working together to improve health in Bostonâ s neighborhoods for the past eight years. Bostonâ s Alliance for Community Health is comprised of 12 neighborhood coalitions working together to improve the overall health of their residents, with a focus on health promotion and prevention. Each neighborhood chooses a health topic to work on, and their projects include input from community residents, health care providers, and other key neighborhood stakeholders.