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The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts

Grants Awarded to Worcester State Foundation

Grants Awarded to Worcester State Foundation$115,860
 
CHIPs in Action (2014)$42,400
Expand Audiology Services (2011)$73,460
 
Year:2014Amount: $42,400
Title:CHIPs in Action
Grant Type: Activation Fund
Worcester State University, in partnership with Worcester's Division of Public Health (WDPH), is working to bridge academic scholarship with public health practice, specifically by providing resources to further the goals of Worcester's Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). This grant will support up to 12 faculty and more than 350 students to work in teams focusing on one of the five CHIP domains. The teams plan to work with the WDPH to identify areas of programmatic and research needs. Faculty and students will then work together to develop activities and strategies to address those needs. WSU also plans to recruit and place ten student interns with WDPH to provide additional support for this work.
The project will engage students on relevant public health topics and lead to practice-focused research that will inform public policy.

Project Director: Dr. Linda S. Larrivee
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Year:2011Amount: $73,460
Title:Expand Audiology Services
Grant Type: Activation Fund
Worcester State University is planning to expand the audiology services currently offered through its Speech-Language-Hearing Center (part of their Communication Sciences & Disorders Department). The Center serves approximately 175 clients annually who receive disorder specific services from the speech-language pathology graduate students. Fees for these services are based on the client's ability to pay but no one is turned away because they cannot pay for services. Access to hearing aids or other assistive listening devices is frequently not covered by insurance. This grant will enable the Center to hire a part-time audiologist and purchase the necessary equipment to establish an affordable and sustainable hearing aid technology program serving Central Massachusetts. Hearing aid devices will be available at significantly reduced prices and sales are anticipated to generate enough revenue to ensure the sustainability of this program.

Project Director: Dr. Linda S. Larrivee
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