Why We Swim, Bike and Run: Boston Triathlon

A majority of Boston Medical Center's patients are low-income and also represent the true complexion of the city of Boston. Imagine the stress of a life-threatening health problem. Now, imagine dealing with that health problem while wondering if you will be able to afford rent. Or having to decide between buying groceries and paying for the electric bill. Under these circumstances, you might feel like you have nowhere to turn. But BMC is there for its patients, never one to turn a blind eye to a problem which might fall outside the scope of traditional medical care. That's because instead of asking, "why?" BMC asks, "why not?"

Caring for patients as a whole has led BMC to its newest endeavor: Vision 2030, a long-term goal to make Boston one of the healthiest urban populations in the world by 2030. Under the traditional medical model, the outcome is focused on making a patient healthy. But what does it mean to keep a patient healthy and how does one do so? Vision 2030 sets out to answer this question, encompassing the longstanding belief that when an organization invests in the root causes of urban health issues, the community and its people greatly benefit and thrive.

The funds raised through this year’s Boston Triathlon will support Vision 2030's key areas of focus: complex chronic disease, mental health disorders, housing insecurity and homelessness, other key social determinants of health (such as food) and, especially, substance use disorders.