Project Name: Community Health Equity Initiative

Our Role: Regional Data and Action Support Provider for Western and Central Massachusetts

Funder: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

About the Project

The Community Health Equity Initiative (CHEI) collects data on the social and structural causes of health needs facing Massachusetts residents, specifically among communities who are disproportionately affected by health emergencies. Through this data collection CHEI strives to help communities, along with state and local partners, prioritize changes to policy and how and where resources go. CHEI was previously known as CCIS, the COVID-19 Community Impact Survey.

View the CHES 2023 Overview & Key Findings Slides (PDF) to learn more about CHES history, frameworks, methods, and early key findings. 

How Does Health Equity Show Up?

The CHEI project shines a light on social and structural factors that create health disparities. We work with community-based organizations, municipalities, health systems, and other partners to use the data to drive action and close health equity gaps so all Massachusetts residents have a fair chance at a healthy life.

To understand how to interpret and act upon results, please watch the CHEI Racial Justice Framing webinar.

Request Free Data and Action Support

PHIWM is the Data and Action Support Provider for Western and Central Massachusetts. We have partnered with the Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester for support reaching central Massachusetts. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council is providing support to Eastern Massachusetts.

To request data and action support or to learn more, please fill out the Data & Action Support Interest Form or email us.

We are here to help you understand and take action based on the CHEI survey data. This data can be used to inform programming, apply for grant funding, and advocate for policies that reduce health inequities. We are currently available to:

  • Fulfill customized CHEI survey data requests for your geography and/or community of focus;
  • Support you in engaging residents from your community to contextualize findings and prioritize action steps;
  • Provide capacity building and resources to take action to address health inequities.

Access Data

CHES Data Tables are now available! View the CHES 2023 Overview & Key Findings Slides (PDF) to learn more about CHES history, frameworks, methods, and early key findings. To understand how to interpret and act upon results, please watch the CHEI Racial Justice Framing webinar.