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Community Health Assessment

The Cambridge Public Health Department launched a comprehensive community health assessment in June 2013 to better understand the city’s biggest health and social concerns.


To complete the six-month Community Health Assessment, health department staff and partners: 

  • Organized focus groups in summer 2013 to gather input from youth, seniors, immigrants, people of color, and other groups. 
  • Conducted interviews with civic leaders to gain their insights into health and safety issues impacting Cambridge.
  • Conducted a health survey in September 2013 to gather input from a broader spectrum of the community, including residents, workers, students and other people who care about Cambridge. Over 1,000 people took the health survey. The survey closed on September 30, 2013.
  • Will examine the city’s overall health landscape, which includes health and safety data; residents' perceived quality of life; income and education levels; neighborhood safety; safe housing and workplaces; access to medical and dental care; policies, programs, and infrastructure that support healthy choices; and the city’s commitment to addressing health and socioeconomic disparities.


The Community Health Assessment Report will be published in early 2014.

The report is expected to provide a portrait of the city’s strengths and assets, unmet health and social needs, current infrastructure for meeting these needs, and strategic opportunities for the future.

The Community Health Assessment will inform the city's health priorities that will be identified in the forthcoming Community Health Improvement Plan.

Updated on October 21, 2013



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