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Corporate Citizenship: Our Community Benefits Program

NHP embraces our mission of promoting the health and wellness of our members and helping to ensure equitable, affordable health care in the diverse communities we serve.

We promote effective health management and care by building cultural competence throughout our provider networks as well as in our health education communications.

Our Community Benefits Program interventions are designed to reduce and eliminate health care disparities in communities most in need; and include breast cancer screenings for Black and African-American women, diabetes and high blood pressure management in communities in greater Boston, asthma treatment at community health centers, domestic violence initiatives, and access for the medically underserved.

In addition to our Community Benefits initiatives, NHP provides sponsorships and funding to various community-based organizations that work to meet the needs of Massachusetts communities. We are happy to report that in 2012, we provided over $900,000 for community benefits, corporate sponsorships, and community services.

NHP’s Community Benefits Program is central to our corporate mission and is integrated into our overall strategic planning and resource allocation processes. In April 2010, NHP’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors approved our new community benefits mission statement. It reflects our commitment to address the unmet health and social needs of the communities we serve and is a natural extension of our corporate mission.

Community Benefits Program mission statement:

Neighborhood Health Plan’s Community Benefits Program is culturally responsive to the health and social needs of communities throughout Massachusetts. An integral part of this Program is to improve and maintain health status, promote health equity for diverse populations, and expand access to health care in the communities we serve. We work in partnership with the Commonwealth, community health centers, and members of the community to identify, develop, and support community benefits programs that meet the needs of underserved and vulnerable populations.

Community Benefits Report

2012 Community Benefits Report

Community Partnerships

Our Executive Committee members serve on the boards of several local organizations focused on addressing issues that affect minority populations.

Our corporate partners include the American Heart Association, Cradles to Crayons, and the YWCA Boston. Additionally, we are one of the original signing members of the Commonwealth Compact. The Commonwealth Compact’s goal is to “Make Greater Boston a desired destination for people of color, immigrants, and women in the belief that their contributions will be vital to the region’s social and economic future.”

In addition to our Community Benefits initiatives, NHP provides sponsorships and funding to various community-based organizations that work to meet the needs of Massachusetts communities. We are happy to report that in 2012, we provided over $900,000 for community benefits, corporate sponsorships, and community services.