Milford Regional is committed to caring for our community in sickness – and in health! The Medical Center is such an integral part of the fabric of the local community. We strive to meet the health needs for all residents in our service area reaching beyond the physical walls of the hospital to care for residents by working with social services, churches and health-based organizations to reach people where they live.
oooMilford Regional provides preventative health and wellness programs not only at the hospital but in and around the communities we serve. From a youth fitness program at the Milford Youth Center to health education luncheons at the Milford Senior Center, we are focused on helping all members of our community maintain their physical and mental health and social well-being.
FY 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment
Milford Regional’s Community Benefits Program is based upon the triennial Community Health Needs Assessment. Fiscal Year 2018 provided us with an opportunity to update the Community Health Needs Assessment and review our progress made in the health priority areas of Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse, Health Care Access, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention, and Violence Prevention. Please CLICK HERE to read the report.
FY 2018 Community Benefits Programs
In the past year, Milford Regional offered many programs to the community including:
- The Diabetes Mentorship Program connecting newly diagnosed diabetes patients with patients who have their diabetes under control. The program began in January with the training of seven mentors, who were paired with patients throughout the year.
- Senior Health Education programs to discuss men’s health, digestive health, diabetes care, stroke prevention and the importance of having a health care proxy.
- Childbirth Education programs for low-income, underinsured and immigrant residents of our community to ensure proper maternal and newborn health.
Milford Regional continues to maintain a robust relationship with Community Partners for Health/Community Health Network Area (CHNA) 6 to address the unmet health needs in our service area, with a particular focus on the uninsured, elders, adolescents and immigrants.
Working with CHNA 6, we were able to fund:
- An additional full-time certified bilingual health insurance application counselor (CAC) at the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center to increase access to health insurance enrollment.
- The Responsive Classroom program to promote mental health in Medway Elementary School students. The program increases the number of elementary school students in that town receiving an evidence-based, social-emotional learning program, and incorporates social-emotional learning into all aspects of school culture.
- Training for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s More Than Sad program through Call2Talk (a program of Mass211 and supported by the United Way). Through this program, students, faculty, staff and coaches at Milford High School, as well as parents, were trained to be a resource in times of emotional crisis.
- Funding the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables for the expansion of the Walk-in Friday program at the Franklin Food Pantry. The program’s goal is to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables by allowing clients to shop the food pantry on a walk-in basis on Friday in addition to their monthly appointment.
- Healthy Weight and Your Child Program at the Hockomock Area YMCA, a weight maintenance program for youth between the ages of 7-13 who are in the 95th percentile when it comes to Body Mass Index (BMI).
- The expansion of the Hockomock Area YMCA’s Summer Food Service Program to provide weekend food opportunities for families in Milford.
Milford Regional looks forward to continuing our work in partnership with CHNA 6.