The Impact of Giving

Together we’re making a difference in people’s lives and transforming our future. This year’s Impact Report highlights a few of the many programs and services funded by your generous donations. It also provides a taste of what’s to come - with facility improvements, workforce development and innovative ways to meet patient needs.

Philanthropy continues to be a cornerstone of CHA’s success.

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In the past six months, the CHA Foundation welcomed four new board members (left to right) – Peter Bryant, Amy Molten, MD, FAAP, Cristiana Salgado-Braga, and Lia Taniguchi. All four bring a wealth of life experiences that strengthen our philanthropic efforts. We celebrate you and extend a warm welcome.

Meet CHA Foundation Board Members!

Leading the Way in Immigrant Oral Health

With over 7,500 immigrants living in temporary shelters across Massachusetts, the health needs of our communities continue to grow. These newly arrived residents faced unimaginable challenges coming here and many have serious oral health needs. CHA dentist, Alec Eidelman, DMD, and a team of providers responded.

Dr. Eidelman has done extensive research on community needs, and recently worked with shelter staff and other providers to organize an oral health clinic in Everett. The clinic, a direct response to racial and ethnic disparities in access to care, treated 15 immigrant families in January. “This was the first of what I hope will be many such clinics,” said Dr. Eidelman. “It’s exciting to build trust with the community and get people connected to the care they need.”

Photo credit: Kathleen Refior, Harvard School of Dental Medicine

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One of America’s Greatest Workplaces!

At CHA, we care about diversity - and it shows! We were recently named one of America's Greatest Workplaces for Diversity by Newsweek, receiving a 5-star rating, the highest possible recognition. 

"This award honors CHA and the 5,000 staff and providers who call CHA home," said Michael L. James, CHA’s Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. “While CHA has always valued diversity and health equity, we are increasingly supporting and providing growth opportunities for staff who represent the patients we care for so deeply. By strengthening our representation, we are able to improve our delivery of care.”   

Other awards we’ve received include being named an "LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader" on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) and being named one of the Best Employers in Massachusetts by Forbes.

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Stalwart Supporters

Joseph Kahan and Claudia Davidoff are dedicated supporters of CHA. As long-time Foundation board members and donors, they attempt to address the organization's evolving needs.

“We are enthusiastic about supporting people who need help in navigating healthcare and believe that CHA, as a safety-net hospital, is an excellent vehicle for that purpose,” explained Claudia Davidoff. "We are drawn to CHA’s integrated approach to healthcare. It understands that mental health and substance use services, dental care, as well as primary care are crucial to the everyday needs of the local population. Moreover because CHA is a Harvard Teaching Hospital, its physicians educate the nation through its research and publications.”

“CHA has a deep and long-standing commitment to Health Equity and community health, addressing disparities in access and quality of care through clinical work, education research, and advocacy,” added Joseph Kahan. "We value CHA's commitment to care for all regardless of people's financial and insurance status. Whether you talk to a provider, an interpreter, a nurse, a health aide, or the CEO, people know that patients, whoever they are, come first. We’re committed to supporting CHA’s future because of what it accomplishes every day.”

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Push for Childhood Literacy

Each spring, CHA gets moving through Move for Books. This annual fundraising event supports Project Read, our childhood literacy program. Across the country, two out of every 10 children enter kindergarten with skills two to three years below grade level, leading to increased dropout rates by the time they reach high school.

Project Read gives every CHA pediatric patient a free, culturally appropriate book when they come in for well visits. Parents are encouraged to read with their children, improving future educational and social achievement.

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Thank You to our Supportive Sponsors!

Sponsors are the backbone of our events, allowing us to raise visibility and funds for our staff and programs. This year, Cambridge Savings Bank generously chose to be the lead sponsor of our 2024 Art of Healing gala. Their donation provides the resources to make the event a success and entice additional sponsors to follow their lead.

If you haven’t already, please save the date for the next exciting Art of Healing Gala on June 20, 2024 at our new location – the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. Look for an invitation to the gala coming soon. 

Contact Lauren Dorn for Sponsorship Opportunities

The Cambridge Health Alliance Foundation supports CHA's vision of equity and excellence for every one, every time and it's mission to improve the health of our local communities. With your help, CHA can continue this work - providing outstanding health care, pursuing social justice and mitigating the social determinants of health that cause health disparities.

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Susie Posner-Jones, Chief Development Officer

802-309-2174 or

Heather Johnston, Director of Development

617-591-4059 or

Lauren Dorn, Major Gift Officer

339-223-2542 or

Caitlyn O'Halloran, Prospect, Research and Grant Specialist

781-338-0272 or

Malanie Carvalho, Executive Assistant

781-397-6542 or

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