Recent Awards

Advocates

2020
Framingham
2020
$25,000.00

Advocates will purchase Zoom accounts, computer monitors, laptops, and printers for six recently hired bilingual clinicians to expand access to behavioral health care for low-income Latino individuals and families.  Funding will also provide equipment to two medical assistants to improve their efficiency when scheduling appointments and updating client charts.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beth Israel Lahey Health

2019
Boston
2019
$50,000.00

Beth Israel Lahey Health will build the capacity of health center care teams to be spiritual care generalists in order to promote spiritual wellness in their patients, families and staff.  Spiritual care generalist providers attend to patients’ self-reported religious or spiritual needs as they pertain to their health and identifies those in need of the specialty care that chaplains can provide. Despite the evidence demonstrating the importance of integrating spirituality into medical care, there are too few chaplains to serve patients in all healthcare contexts. Consequently, in expanding access to culturally responsive care models providers must be equipped to provide basic, culturally appropriate “generalist” spiritual care to patients and their families.

Boston Association for Childbirth Education: Accompany Doula Care

2019
Boston
2019
$25,000.00

Accompany Doula Care will increase the number of doulas that come from communities of color to meet the linguistic, racial and cultural needs of families in Fall River, New Bedford, Brockton, Taunton, Lawrence/Lowell, Haverhill, and Worcester/Framingham.

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

2020
Boston
2020
$50,000.00

Bridge Over Troubled Waters will train four counselors in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and establish DBT groups for homeless youths. DBT teaches methods to acceptand tolerate? negative emotions as opposed to just focusing on the alteration and dissolution of negative emotions. DBT imparts young adults with critical behavioral skills to utilize independently, in order to increase focus on long-term aspirations: finishing their education, securing a job, and attaining housing.

Community Catalyst

2019
Boston
2019
$50,000.00

Community Catalyst will create a quality measurement train-the-trainer curriculum and glossary for consumer leaders and advocates across Massachusetts. The curriculum will be published online and publicized to advocates and community leaders as a tool to help develop a larger, more powerful consumer effort to improve the quality of substance use disorder services in Massachusetts. The glossary will be a self-teaching tool that explains key quality measurement processes and terms, building on input from advocates and quality measurement experts.

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

2020
East Boston
2020
$25,000.00

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, in collaboration with the Chelsea Senior Center, will expand and sustain COVID food delivery services to include medications and pharmacy goods. Pairing medication and pharmacy goods with its food deliveries will benefit the individual health of the patients receiving necessary medications while also working to stop the community spread of COVID by allowing patients to stay at home.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fathers’ Uplift

2020
Dorchester
2020
$25,000.00

Fathers’ Uplift will purchase grocery store gift cards for families in need of food and other supplies, increasing the ability of fathers and families to adress mental health concerns by providing resources to lessen the stressors associated with their physical and financial health. Funding will also cover expenses associated with implementing remote counseling and therapy services.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hilltown Community Health Center

2020
Worthington
2020
$25,000.00

Hilltown Community Health Center will increase staff time for patient navigators and community health workers, along with obtaining Community Sustainable Agriculture shares for food insecure patients.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

La Alianza Hispana

2020
Roxbury
2020
$25,000.00

La Alianza Hispana will support telehealth services for seniors through the Aliancianos Senior Center. It will also provide tiered telehealth services for families with children age 0-5 through their Madres y Niños program.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lowell Community Health Center

2020
Lowell
2020
$25,000.00

Lowell Community Health Center will provide multi-cultural communication and outreach efforts with a focus on immigrant and communities of color and expand its capacity for medical interpretation to ensure that patients are referred to trusted partners to address identified health-related social needs.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services

2020
Vineyard Haven
2020
$25,000.00

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services will help meet a dramatic increase in client requests for emergency assistance for basic needs, such as rent, diapers, supplies, and other health-related social needs.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless

2020
Lynn
2020
$25,000.00

Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless will continue to partner with Lynn Community Health Center to assist referred families with food and housing assistance and develop a short-and long-term plan for continuing to address their health-related social needs.  

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Northeast Behavioral Health Corporation d/b/a BILH Behavioral Services

2019
Boston
2019
$50,000.00

Beth Israel Lahey Health Behavioral Services (BILH BS) will enhance current community-based alcohol use disorder (AUD) treatment by providing clients with a tool that rewards participation in recovery activities. The project will make use of the DynamiCare Health mobile application, a digital platform that helps people monitor and change their use of drugs, opioids, alcohol, and tobacco. This demonstration project relies on evidence-based Contingency Management (CM) techniques, an effective methodology for improving substance use disorder outcomes. While CM’s effectiveness has been repeatedly demonstrated, it is used by fewer than 10% of treatment programs.  Use of an automated version of CM, which does not require intensive staff effort, would have significant advantages in overcoming barriers to engagement.

Powers Music

2019
Belmont
2019
$12,000.00

Powers Music will replicate the key elements of the Watch City Singers program, an innovative and successful cross-sector music program which addresses the harmful effects of isolation and loneliness on older adults through weekly rehearsals that combine progressive skill-building content with social engagement activities.  The program will focus on low-income, diverse communities with an emphasis on communities of color.

Samaritans, Inc

2020
Boston
2020
$25,000.00

Samaritans, Inc will upgrade their video conference and webinar capacities to conduct virtual workshops for youth and their caregivers. Samaritans will focus these workshops on individuals in communities experiencing health inequities who are particularly vulnerable during these challenging times.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Family Van

2019
Boston
2019
$50,000.00

The Family Van will test how an innovative approach used to increase access to mental health care internationally (Problem Management Plus) can be adapted domestically. This new pilot program, Healthy Roads, will increase access to mental health services in low-income communities, build the capacity of Community Health Workers (CHWs) to address mental health issues and introduce a new model of care to The Family Van’s provision of services.

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

2020
Hatfield
2020
$25,000.00

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, in partnership with Holyoke Community Health Center and other health care providers in Holyoke and Springfield, will screen and match food insecure community members with counseling, referrals, emergency food and other non-food resources to address the social determinants of health.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unity Teen Equality Center

2020
Lowell
2020
$50,000.00

United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) will support the Circling Home pilot project, a new comprehensive behavioral health project for incarcerated and/or probation and parole-involved young adults (ages 18-25), extending from pre- to post-release without interruption in service or care provider. UTEC serves young people who have not succeeded in other shorter-term programming or who may have been underserved by the judicial system; many of their clients have active substance use issues or are diagnosed with a mental illness. By improving the continuum of care through the reentry process, UTEC expects to improve recidivism and health outcomes.

William James College

2020
Newton
2020
$50,000.00

William James College will pilot the Behavioral Health Service Corps (BHSC) program that will engage 20-25 recent college graduates who wish to spend a year learning about and working in behavioral health organizations. BHSC scholars will become employees of behavioral health host organization in inpatient units, home-based services, residential treatment, and recovery centers, among others. A key focus of this project is to both diversify and grow the behavioral health workforce.