About The Healthy Living Center of Excellence
The Healthy Living Center of Excellence (HLCE) represents a unique collaboration of community-based organizations, aging service providers, health care systems, governmental agencies, and healthcare payors; all with the shared goal of transforming the traditional health care delivery system. Led by a medical care provider (Hebrew SeniorLife), a community-based organization (Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley), and an Advisory Committee representing diverse community stakeholders, HLCE represents an integrated delivery system which leverages the expertise and resources of the community to achieve better care, better health and lower costs.
The Healthy Living Center of Excellence’s vision is a redefined healthcare delivery system, where medical systems, community- based social services, and older adult patients collaborate as partners to achieve better health outcomes and better healthcare; both at sustainable costs.
The Center is founded on the belief that a collaborative partnership between activated older adults, their medical providers, and community- based services is the most effective model for managing the healthcare needs of an ever growing aging population. We strives to promote the independence of older adults by empowering them and their families to take more active roles in their care by offering quality, proven interventions addressing issues including, but not limited to:
- Management of chronic illness;
- Role of nutrition;
- Importance of physical activity; and
- Methods to both prevent and manage falls.
To ensure widespread dissemination of evidence- based healthy aging programs throughout the Commonwealth and nationally, the Center strives to promote medical and community collaborative in a manner that ensures programmatic fidelity using culturally competent models.
The Center’s mission and vision are achieved through the implementation of evidence- based disease management programs to empower older adults to actively manage their conditions. We empower older adults to partner with traditional medical providers and community- based social service agencies to achieve better health and better health care at lower costs. These programs all occur in community settings and are designed to empower adults living with one or more chronic conditions to take a more active role in their health care. Programs, including the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs (called “My Life, My Health” in Massachusetts), focus on multiple behavior changes to achieve better health.
The Center provides participate workshops in all parts of Massachusetts through partnerships with more than 50 community partners.