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Grants Awarded to Ascentria Care Alliance

Grants Awarded to Ascentria Care Alliance$40,000
Partnership for Refugee Wellness - Implementation (2017)$40,000
Year:2017Amount: $40,000
Title:Partnership for Refugee Wellness - Implementation
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - Partnership for Refugee Wellness
This implementation grant for the Partnership for Refugee Wellness (PRW) will allow Ascentria to deliver flexible and integrated case management services to refugees in Worcester through community health centers. The November 4, 2016 approval of MassHealth Section 1115 waiver offers an opportunity for community-based organizations to partner with Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to help manage the total costs of care by addressing social determinants of health.

Previously, the PRW aimed to develop a new model for refugee integration that could, through the demonstration of significant program impacts, create systems change by reforming the federal model for refugee resettlement. The unfavorable political climate towards refugees and the infeasible sample size required to demonstrate significant program impact have rendered this approach insufficient, however. The MassHealth Section 1115 waiver has emerged as an auspicious alternative. With this grant, Ascentria will solidify its relationships with the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center and the Family Health Center of Worcester, both of which will participate in the ACOs.

Project Director: Mr. Tim Johnstone
Fiscal Agent: Ascentria Care Alliance
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