This week, the Department of Public Health announced nine recipients of the first awards from the $60 million Massachusetts Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund. This funding will help Massachusetts combat health disparities and reduce preventable health conditions that are costly to our residents and the Commonwealth.
The awards will fund nine partnerships across the state to address hypertension, tobacco, pediatric asthma, and falls among older adults.
The nine partnerships have proposed programs that will serve a total of 978,000 people, with a focus on reducing health disparities based on race, ethnicity, income, and other factors.
Along with partners, the American Heart/Strke Association pushed for the legislature to ensure that there was funding to address prevention to help control costs as part of health care reform.
The grantees announced today include:
Barnstable County Department of Human Services
Berkshire Medical Center
Boston Public Health Commission
Holyoke Health Center
City of Lynn
City of New Bedford Health Department
City of Worcester
Manet Community Health Center
Town of Hudson
According to the Department of Public Health, each grantee will receive up to $250,000 for a planning phase, and, as they demonstrate readiness, may receive $900,000-$1.5 million for each of the next three years for implementation.
We look forward to working with the grantees to help control hypertension and address health equity in their communities.
Additional information is available at www.mass.gov/PWTF.