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Community Health & Outreach

Making a difference in our communities, neighborhood by neighborhood.

At Good Samaritan Medical Center, we reach beyond hospital walls, into the surrounding greater Brockton communities, to address the most prevalent health and wellness-related needs of our community members. Guided by a careful analysis of community needs, Good Samaritan Medical Center’s Community Health Program aims to help those most vulnerable to make life-changing improvements in health and address social and economic factors that impact overall well-being.
 
Good Samaritan Medical Center is committed to collaborating with community partners to improve the health status of community residents. We accomplish this by: 
 
  • Addressing root causes of health disparities and social determinants of health
  • Educating community members on prevention and self care, particularly for chronic diseases such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, substance use disorder, and cancer. 

In addition, Good Samaritan Medical Center aims to provide culturally and linguistically-appropriate, health care services that meets the needs of the communities we serve.

Read the latest Community Health Needs Assessment

In adherence to the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Community Benefits Guideline, which calls for the development of a Community Health Needs Assessment to guide community benefit planning every three years, Good Samaritan Medical Center completed a Community Health Needs Assessment in 2018. 
 
This report is a comprehensive analysis of health indicators for Good Samaritan Medical Center's service areas, which include Brockton and nineteen neighboring communities, those being Abington, Avon, Bridgewater, Canton, Easton, East Bridgewater, Hanson, Holbrook, Mansfield, Middleboro, Norton, Randolph, Raynham, Sharon, Stoughton, Taunton, West Bridgewater, and Whitman. 
 
Data was gathered by analyzing publicly available information, by reviewing community feedback gathered through focus groups, by conducting an extensive review of published literature on the health of the population residing in the region and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and by surveying service providers. This data-driven methodology allows Good Samaritan Medical Center to investigate the resource requirements of the community in order to better streamline resources and inform community-based initiatives. 
 
The information from our 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment can be used to highlight needs within the community and help develop targeted population health improvement strategies. The Community Health Needs Assessment is reviewed every three years, and as such, the 2021 Community Health Needs Assessment for Good Samaritan Medical Center will be published in early 2022.

Read the latest Community Benefit Implementation Strategy

Good Samaritan Medical Center recognizes that our success in addressing community health issues will come from coordinated regional strategies with public health and population health management agencies. Together, with the leadership of our Community Benefits Advisory Committee, we work to improve the health and wellbeing of those most likely to face health inequities. Our priorities and goals to address these issues can be found in our Implementation Strategy.
 


Read the latest Community Benefit Report

Good Samaritan Medical Center is proud to be able to report key community benefits accomplishments. Through the guidance and support of our Community Benefits Advisory Committee and our various community partners, Good Samaritan Medical Center  implemented community health programming focused on addressing the most pressing public health issues in our region, details of our latest report can be found in our Community Benefit Report