At Steward Health Care, corporate social responsibility is demonstrated through developing partnerships with various organizations within the communities we serve.
As a community partner, we take our commitment of advancing health within our community personally. We work with local schools, churches, and health and human services organizations throughout the community to remove barriers to care and identify collaborative ways to address public health.
Steward Health Care, a system of community hospitals, finds benefit in providing system-wide programs and services. The participation of each of our hospitals in these programs helps to ensure each program’s success and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to each of our diverse communities.
Our system-wide programs include:
Community Health Advocates (CHAs) are bilingual community health workers whose goal is to enroll uninsured residents in health insurance and help connect the newly insured with primary and preventive care services. CHAs provide outreach, education, referral, follow-up, advocacy and home visiting services to patients who are at the highest risk for poor health outcomes. Steward Health Care currently employs CHAs at five of its hospitals and is currently in the process of implementing the program at each facility.
Farmers markets add value to the communities they serve by selling directly to consumers, reducing the cost of a middleman, and allowing consumers to enjoy fresh, seasonally-grown food that were produced close to their homes. Local, fresh food is also more likely to foster health and prevent illness than heavily processed foods.
In 2011 and 2012, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center teamed up with Allston Village Main Streets and the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation to create the Allston Village Farmers Market. Funded by the St. Elizabeth’s Community Benefits program, the market runs on Saturdays from May through September. The hospital additionally utilizes the weekly market as an opportunity to promote and address healthy nutrition within the local community.
Carney Hospital in Dorchester was the first hospital in Massachusetts to ban the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages on its campus as way to help control poor nutrition habits and reduce the incidence of chronic diseases and conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
As a health care provider, Steward Health Care has a responsibility to raise awareness about the health consequences of a poor diet, including the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. By preventing the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages on our campuses, we set an example for healthy living and demonstrate our commitment to the health and well-being of our patients and community.