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Research Report

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Carlisle, Massachusetts, community needs assessment, community health


Gerontology | Health Policy | Public Policy | Social Welfare


Caring4Carlisle (C4C) is a community initiative aimed at addressing the social, emotional, spiritual and physical health of Carlisle residents. Community Health Network Areas (CHNAs) were created by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in 1992. There are 27 CHNAs in the Commonwealth, and Carlisle belongs to CHNA 15. In July of 2016, Carlisle was awarded a planning grant ($20,000) from CHNA 15 to engage in a community needs assessment process with the intention of identifying priority community health needs to be addressed in Carlisle.

The Carlisle Board of Health served as the lead Town Department with the Gleason Public Library, the Council on Aging, and the Planning Board named as essential partners. In addition, a C4C Steering Committee was assembled with the purpose of guiding the public health initiative in Carlisle beyond the initial phase of assessing community health needs towards taking action to address these needs. The C4C Steering Committee includes residents, community stakeholders, and Town staff. The leaders of the C4C project agreed to seek professional consultation for the data collection and analysis aspects of the needs assessment project. The Center for Social & Demographic Research on Aging at the Gerontology Institute of UMass Boston (UMB) was awarded the contract in August 2016.

Community Engaged/Serving

Part of the UMass Boston Community-Engaged Teaching, Research, and Service Series. //



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