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What We Do:

  • Identify community health and social needs to improve health equity and overall wellness within the South Coast communities.
  • Collaborate with community partners to identify, prioritize, and meet the needs of our community.
  • Develop strategic planning and implement initiatives that address the root causes of the social influencers of health and create transformational change in factors that can lead to better health. This includes access to quality education and employment, safe and stable housing, healthy food, and transportation.

Data Analysis & Reporting

A commitment to improving the health and wellness of the communities we serve, by identifying pressing health needs and collaborating with community partners to prioritize and meet those needs.

Community Health & Wellness are programs or activities that respond to community needs by providing treatment and/or promoting health and healing that will improve overall health and equity within the community.

Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

  • Every three years, Southcoast conducts a comprehensive community needs assessment to measure successes and issues in the region, sharing the results with our community partners and the public online. The information that we collect is used to develop programs, measure outcomes, and inform future strategies.
  • To view our most recent reports: 2016 & 2019

Implementation Strategy

  • Based on our findings from the Community Health Needs Assessment, our implementation strategy is developed to demonstrate how we will address the identified health needs.
  • To view our most recent strategy: Implementation Strategy

Community Benefits Report

  • Each year, Southcoast develops and reports on the benefits and programs we provide to our community that address health and social needs, through the Massachusetts Attorney General Office Community Benefits Report. 
  • To view our most recent reports: 2021 & 2022

Community Relations

The Community Health & Wellness department establishes and maintains positive relationships in the community that help us to lead and convene region wide strategic initiatives.

We collaborate with local health providers, human services agencies, advocacy groups and others to develop cooperative plans and programs to address pressing community health and social needs.

Southcoast CARES

Southcoast CARES programming focuses on developing community wellness initiatives, increasing community engagement and impact, and facilitating strategic community health improvement planning.


Community Benefits Advisory Council (CBAC)

  • The Community Health & Wellness Department is under the overall direction of the Community Benefits Advisory Council (CBAC). Made up of a diverse group of regional community leaders, the council advises on activities and expenditures concerning the health and welfare of the community.
2022 CBAC Members
Helena DaSilva HughesCBAC Chair & Trustee Southcoast Health, Executive DirectorImmigrants Assistance Center
Dr. Ilana FeinermanTrustee Southcoast Health, Physician of OtolaryngologySouthcoast Health
Beth PurdueEditor, Senior ScopeCoastline Elderly Services, Inc.
Chelsie StephensonCommunity Coordinator, Fall River WIC Nutrition ProgramHealthFirst Family Center
David BorgesPrincipleSpringline Research Group
Rev. David LimaExecutive DirectorInterchurch Council of Greater New Bedford
Dennis DemarinisChairpersonCommission for Citizens with Disabilities New Bedford
Erik RousseauAdministratorSoutheastern Regional Transit Authority
Gaelan AdamLibrarian/Editor/Senior Research Associate, Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health Program ManagerBrown Evidence-Based Practice Center
James ReidExecutive DirectorVeterans Transition House
Jeffrey PelletierExecutive DirectorJunior Achievement of SEMA
Kathy DowneyRetired Public Health NoticeBoard of Health, Marion
Katlyn AutyDirector of Business DevelopmentSouthcoast Behavioral Health
Michelle HantmanPresident & CEOUnited Way of Greater New Bedford
Robert MendesExecutive DirectorBoys and Girls Club of Greater New Bedford
Ron PontePatient Family Advisory Council MemberSouthcoast Health
Sandi MontourPatient Family Advisory Council MemberSouthcoast Health
Sylvia Nobre-HiltonChief Operating OfficerCoastline Elderly Services, Inc.

Southcoast Cares Community Champions

  • Southcoast CARES Community Champions is made up of a diverse group of internal Southcoast Health leaders that participate in activities surrounding the health and wellness of the community. These members participate on community boards, engage in volunteerism and provide data for yearly reporting.
    • For community organization interested in having a Southcoast Community Champion join your board, please Alison LeBert at