Resource  Community Health Equity Initiative

The Community Health Equity Initiative (CHEI) aims to understand the social and structural causes of health in Massachusetts to support community, state, and local action.

Organization: Department of Public Health Bureau of Community Health and Prevention
Date published: July 31, 2023


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. For more information about CCIS, please visit About the CCIS.  

To provide feedback related to the Community Health Equity Survey (CHES) 2023, the COVID Community Impact Survey (CCIS) Dashboard, or other Community Health Equity Initiative (CHEI) efforts, please complete this feedback form.

Community Health Equity Survey now open for American Sign Language (ASL) users!

View in ASL The Massachusetts Department of Public Health invites you to take the Community Health Equity Survey to help shape the future of our health. The survey is available in ASL, and individuals who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing are encouraged to participate in the survey to share your experiences and priorities. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health will use survey results to improve our programs, make decisions about funding and resources, and support policies to improve health inequities. We will share survey results with the public and with partners across Massachusetts to improve health in your community. The survey is fully anonymous and can be taken by anyone aged 14 and older. Go to to take the survey today! 

Note: If you have already completed the 2023 Community Health Equity Survey in a different language, you do not need to take the survey again. Your responses are already included! 

Community Health Equity Survey (CHES) 2023 Resources:

CCIS 2020 Resources:

CCIS 2020 Topic and Community Spotlights

Each CCIS 2020 spotlight features a set of slides available for download along with a pre-recorded webinar that highlights key findings. Please watch the CCIS Introduction webinar and view the slides to understand how the CCIS was conducted and how to interpret and act upon the results.

To learn more about how people have used CCIS data to address critical pandemic needs, please watch the CCIS: Reflecting on Impact & Looking Ahead webinar and view the accompanying slides:




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