Better Living logoThrough an exciting partnership with Liz Walker and the Better Living team, Partners HealthCare is highlighting community health programs at the hospitals and licensed and affiliated health center across the Partners network, and by our external partners. The segments in the programs represent our commitment to the communities we serve by enhancing access to health care, building tomorrow’s health care workforce, and improving the health and well-being of our communities through prevention.

In the June episode of Better Living, Walker explored the theme of commitment.

 

Boston Moves for Health

People flying kites in a field

This summer, the city of Boston has launched its "Boston Moves for Health" campaign to encourage residents and people who work in the city to become more active and collectively lose one million pounds. The goal is to improve the health and fitness of the city as a whole. Boston's Mayor Tom Menino has made a commitment to hosting new and different events to promote increased physical activity. Employees and friends are banding together as groups and making healthier choices.

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Camp Harbor View

Kids climbing an obstacle course at camp

Camp Harbor View, on Long Island in Boston Harbor, is more than just a summer camp.  It offers hundreds of children from the city a chance to participate in the joys of summer camp in a naturally beautiful setting and counselors stay connected to campers and their families all year long. Partners HealthCare has sponsored the camp since it began in 2007, and is pleased to support its knowledge sharing lessons, skills building activities, and leadership opportunities for youth. Campers not only learn about each other but about health and wellness through many activities offered at the camp- from athletic games to learning about health care.

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Partners Scholarship Commitment

Student and physician working together in a lab

Partners HealthCare and its founding hospitals - Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals - recently announced a ten year, $10 million commitment that supports educational opportunities and college completion for young people. This initiative builds on the success of the hospital youth achievement programs already in place at the hospitals, the Student Success Jobs Program (SSJP) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the MGH Bicentennial Scholars at Mass General Hospital. The initiative will reach at least 400 students and includes annual college scholarships, paid internships, and social and academic supports that will help students interested in careers in science and medicine to enter into and graduate from college.
 
Meet two young people involved in these programs now, and hear what they have to say about their experiences.

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Home Base Program

Veteran hugging his mom

Home Base, a partnership of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital, strives to help soldiers returning from war successfully adjust to leading a civilian life. The Home Base Program is an innovative program that provides clinical care and support services to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and families affected by combat stress and traumatic brain injury – the “invisible wounds of war.”

Hear from one veteran about his experience with Home Base and how it has helped him since his service.

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Previous Episodes

Watch segments from previous episodes of Better Living: