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Community Benefits & Health Needs

Dedicated to addressing the health needs and priorities of our communities

Our Commitment to a Healthier Community

At Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham, we’re committed to improving the health and well-being of residents within our Community Benefits Service Area (CBSA). Through our Community Benefits Department, we work in collaboration with the area's residents and key community health stakeholders to address the health needs and priorities identified by this assessment.

BID Needham's Community Benefits Service Area includes: Dedham, Needham, Norwood and Westwood.

Led by the Community Benefits Advisory Committee (CBAC), we strive to address the most pressing health needs in each community based on the most recent Community Health Needs Assessment.

Community members can support BID Needham by donating giving or volunteering.

Community Health Needs Assessment Guiding Principles

  • Equity: Work toward the systemic, fair and just treatment of all people.
  • Collaboration: Leverage resources to achieve greater impact by working with community residents and organizations.
  • Engagement: Intentionally reach out to and interact with often overlooked populations, including, but not limited to, people impacted by trauma, people with disabilities, communities most impacted by inequities, and others.
  • Capacity Building: Build community cohesion and capacity by co-leading Community Listening sessions and training residents on facilitation.
  • Intentionality: Be deliberate in our engagement and our use of data; be purposeful and work collaboratively to identify and leverage resources for maximum benefit.

Priority Areas

Health priorities and equities chart

Our healthy equity priority areas include: equitable access to care, social detriments of health, mental health and substance abuse, and complex and chronic conditions.

Priority Cohorts

  • Youth
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Older adults
  • Racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse populations
  • Low resource populations

Community Health Grants

To address these priority needs, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham awards grants to community organizations that work to address unmet health needs for their priority cohorts.

For questions, please email our Community Benefits team.

Resource Guide

The Community Resource Guide was developed to highlight health and social service resources available to the community. As a disclaimer, the listings within this guide are designed as informational and are not to be interpreted as recommendations or endorsements.

Financial Resources

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Community Health Needs Assessment Reports & Implementation Strategies

To learn more about the CHNA findings, visit the BILH Community Commitment page.

To learn more about how Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham is working with our communities to address the leading health issues, visit our Community Benefits Reports:

Contact Us

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham welcomes any comments you may have on our most recently conducted CHNA and implementation strategy. Please submit your comments by email or mail them to:

Jill Carter
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham
148 Chestnut Street
Needham, MA 02492

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham is an active neighbor in the communities we serve. For questions on our community benefits programs or community relations activities please email our Community Benefits team.

Visit Beth Israel Lahey Health's website to learn more about how we are improving health equity across the communities we serve.

About BID Needham

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham (BID Needham) serves residents in Needham, Newton, Dedham, Dover, Medfield, Sherborn, Wellesley, Westwood.