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The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts

2017 Message from the Chairman of the Board & the President


The Foundation begins its 18th year with deep appreciation for the significant impact area nonprofits have made in improving the health of those who live or work in Central Massachusetts with the $36 million in grants we have distributed thus far. Our grantees have attracted nearly $14 million from other funders, and their advocacy has led to system changes and over $40 million in post-grant funding to sustain various projects’ evidence-based practices when the grants concluded.

This new year is marked by the recent appointment of Amie Shei, Ph.D. as Vice President for Programs, while Elaine Cinelli transitioned from that role to Grantmaking Advisor.  Elaine will continue to gradually reduce her hours as she prepares for her retirement after 11 years of ably serving the Foundation.  In addition, two new Directors have been elected to the Board to help guide the Foundation: Randall “Randy” V. Becker, M.B.A., C.P.A. and Dennis M. Dimitri, M.D.

We are also pleased to announce that the Activation Fund is open in 2017 to new applications, and we expect to award grants totaling approximately $500,000.      

Although it is not open to new applications this year, we will continue our support for the current multi-year Synergy Initiative projects with grants totaling nearly $2 million. We invite you to learn more about these collaborative efforts and explore with us any interest you may have in partnering on these projects:  A Better Life - expanding education/training and employment opportunities to Worcester Housing Authority residents to assist their self-sufficiency; Re-Imagine North of Main – enhancing economic and neighborhood development in downtown Fitchburg; Worcester HEARS – addressing adverse childhood experiences by creating environments which build students’ resiliency and academic achievement in the Worcester Public Schools; the Worcester Regional Food Hub – further developing various aspects of a food hub to expand access to locally grown healthy foods; and the Partnership for Refugee Wellness – strengthening the relationships between the resettlement organization and the community health centers to integrate case management services for refugees in Worcester.  Also, the Worcester Initiative for Supported Reentr (WISR) has documented an evidence-based model that significantly reduces recidivism and is advocating for its implementation statewide.

We welcome those who wish to join us in financially supporting the Synergy Initiative projects by contributing to The Health Foundation Fund, the fundraising affiliate of the Foundation.  We look forward to continuing to support substantive community efforts to improve the health of our region’s residents.





Michael J. Mutchler, M.D.


   Janice B. Yost, Ed.D. 
   President & CEO