Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission Statement  

CHNA9 brings together and supports diverse voices to promote health equity in our communities.  


By giving all residents equitable opportunities to improve their physical, mental, and emotional health, we aim to create communities in which people have a fair chance to pursue educational and career goals, where all people feel safe and valued, and where people thrive where they live, work, learn, and play.

Guiding Principles

In furtherance of its mission, CHNA9 pledges to:

  • identify the health needs of member communities
  • find ways to address those needs
  • improve a broad scope of health in these communities
  • align activities with the North Central MA regional Community Health Improvement Plan
  • promote shared power and responsibility among representatives with lived and professional experience in each of the CHIP areas and representing the full diversity of North Central MA
  • place equity at the center of all goals and strategies
  • support collaboration among CHNA 9 partner organizations to align resources and efforts for collective impact
  • implement upstream strategies with a focus on systems change


The CHNA 9 places equity at the center of all goals and strategies. This means designing and measuring all plans and activities around intentionally eliminating disparities in social determinants of health. Improving aggregate outcomes in the community without reducing disparities perpetuates inequity.

The CHNA 9 believes that community voice belongs in every stage of the CHIP process, from planning through implementation and evaluation. This means intentionally making space for and actively seeking the input of residents with lived experience and historically marginalized populations. 

The CHNA 9 values systems change as the most sustainable and broadly impactful form of change. Therefore, the primary focus of all CHNA 9 initiatives is on this upstream work.

Collaboration among CHNA 9 member organizations aligns resources and efforts to maximize impact, sustainability, and scope and improves overall outcomes for the community.

Engagement with multiple sectors throughout the community ensures that the CHIP is reflective of the needs and desires of the region, that a sense of shared purpose is cultivated, and that CHNA 9 member organizations are invested in the goals of the CHIP.

The CHNA 9 recognizes that institutional accountability must be built into all CHIP plans and that member organizations must continually examine and reflect on their commitment to equity and the other values of the CHNA 9.  

Values of the North Central Mass Community Health