Through 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 2013 episode of Better Living, Walker explored the theme of Progress.


New Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

New Spaulding Rehab HospitalSpaulding Rehabilitation Hospital opened the doors to its brand new, state-of-the-art facility on April 27, just days after the Boston Marathon Bombing. Survivors of the bombing have been among some of the hospital’s first patients, and they have experienced much of the new facility’s advancements- completely private patient rooms with lifts that allow a patient to travel around the room, all elements of the room accessible by wheelchair, the most modern rehabilitation equipment, lots of natural light and open space to meet with families, and compassionate caregivers.

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The Partnership for Community Health

Physician from the Brockton Health Center and her patientsThrough an innovative grant program, The Partnership for Community Health, health centers across the state are investing in technology and strengthening their infrastructure to ensure that they continue to deliver high quality care. The grants are enabling health centers to incorporate systems like Electronic Medical Records (EMR) - a mainstay in physician offices.  EMRs help to capture critical information about patients that can be easily accessed by clinicians and also reduce the time that doctors spend making notes in a patient’s chart.  

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Healthy Chelsea

chef cooking for Healthy ChelseaThe MGH Chelsea Health Care Center and community partners have taken action to educate citizens of the city of Chelsea about healthy eating. In Chelsea, obesity rates are on the rise, particularly in children. Community members are learning about how to cook healthy food on a budget, and administrators of the program are working with businesses in Chelsea to stock fresh, affordable, healthy foods, like fruits and vegetables. 

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Racial Reconciliation and Healing for Health Equity

youth discussing race relationsA group of young people has been meeting regularly at the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center to talk about race, how it affects their relationships and health, and how to break down stereotypes. The group acknowledges that racism exists and asks members to share their feelings about race. It also discusses things like social determinants of health.

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Previous Episodes

Watch segments from previous episodes of Better Living: