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Grants Awarded to Montachusett Opportunity Council

Grants Awarded to Montachusett Opportunity Council$4,702,780
 
ReImagine North of Main - Implementation, Year 2 (2017)$394,734
ReImagine North of Main - Implementation, Year 1 (2016)$450,000
ReImagine North of Main - Pilot (2015)$350,000
Green and Healthy Homes Project (2012)$90,215
The Winchendon Project - Phase III (2010)$376,940
The Winchendon Project - Phase II (2009)$349,429
The Winchendon Project - Phase I (2008)$331,330
Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts - Implementation, Year 5 (2007)$249,605
The Winchendon Project - Planning (2007)$106,460
Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts - Implementation, Year 4 (2006)$327,970
Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts - Implementation, Year 3 (2005)$350,371
Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts - Implementation, Year 2 (2004)$331,827
Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts - Implementation, Year 1 (2003)$320,771
Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts - Pilot (2002)$591,768
Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts - Planning (2001)$81,360
 
Year:2017Amount: $394,734
Title:ReImagine North of Main - Implementation, Year 2
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - ReImagine North of Main
The ReImagine North of Main project is moving into its second year of implementation in transforming the North of Main of Fitchburg into a vibrant community where people want to live, work, play and invest. The overall theme is to brand the neighborhood as the “Gateway to Arts and Culture.” To support this, the project is focusing on two key domains – economic and neighborhood development. The other domains of Housing, Quality of Life and Resident Engagement will be incorporated into these two primary domains. For example, Housing is included in the Neighborhood Development efforts through the development of the B.F. Brown property into live-work artist housing.

The other two domains – Education and Resident Self-Sufficiency – is led by other partners, with the ReImagine team serving as a supportive partner. The Fitchburg Public Schools is taking on the Education efforts, and the Fitchburg Community Connections Coalition is taking the lead on Self-Sufficiency as part of their ongoing work with the Department of Children and Families.

MOC is partnering with the City of Fitchburg, Fitchburg State University, the Fitchburg Public Schools, the Fitchburg Art Museum and NewVue Communities on this project. This project is also receiving funding from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Project Director: Ms. Patricia A. Pistone
Fiscal Agent: Montachusett Opportunity Council
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Year:2016Amount: $450,000
Title:ReImagine North of Main - Implementation, Year 1
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - ReImagine North of Main
ReImagine North of Main is moving into its first full year of implementation. This project has developed a strong leadership team that includes the City of Fitchburg, Fitchburg State University, the Fitchburg Public Schools, the Montachusett Opportunity Council and NewVue Communities. This team spent the pilot year developing goals and strategies in six domains (listed below). The signature project(s) in each domain are:

- Economic Development: support the City’s creation of a business-friendly economic development plan that will highlight Main Street;
- Education: provide software and at-home support to increase youth literacy rates;
- Housing: support for the creation of artist housing/work space in the B.F. Brown building and for a housing plan for the neighborhood;
- Quality of Life: creation of a communications campaign to improve the way people feel about the neighborhood;
- Resident Engagement: build a network of engaged neighborhood residents through leadership training and neighborhood circle events, and
- Resident Self-Sufficiency: design of a cross-sector universal referral system for the various social service organizations that serve the neighborhood residents.

This project has also been funded by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston through their Working Cities program.

Project Director: Ms. Patricia A. Pistone
Fiscal Agent: Montachusett Opportunity Council
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Year:2015Amount: $350,000
Title:ReImagine North of Main - Pilot
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - ReImagine North of Main
The Montachusett Opportunity Council (MOC) and the City of Fitchburg have been coordinating a planning effort funded by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to assess the North of Main neighborhood of Fitchburg, an area currently plagued by poverty and vacant buildings. The goal of this pilot project is to transform the North of Main neighborhood into a vibrant community where people want to live, work and invest.

The three primary goals for this project are: to enable young children (ages 3-9) to succeed in school through improved vocabulary, pre-literacy and literacy development; to foster family self-sufficiency and social cohesion at the family and neighborhood level through integrated service delivery and policy change; and to Implement citywide policies to engage current stakeholders, including residents and landlords, and attract new investments.

The project will take a holistic approach to providing support to a group of 30 families in this neighborhood by having a family life coach work with the families on setting goals and to facilitate access to resources in the community to help them achieve their goals.

Project Director: Ms. Patricia A. Pistone
Fiscal Agent: Montachusett Opportunity Council
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Year:2012Amount: $90,215
Title:Green and Healthy Homes Project
Grant Type: Activation Fund
The Montachusett Opportunity Council, together with the Twin Cities Community Development Corporation and the City of Fitchburg are planning a Green and Healthy Homes Project. This project will take an integrated, comprehensive approach to addressing housing, health, safety and energy efficiency in rehabilitating homes in Fitchburg. This work will improve the health of residents who live in the rehabilitated properties and strengthen the community by making these rehabilitated properties homes of choice rather than homes of last resort.

The Montachusett Opportunity Council's Weatherization Assistance Program was recently highlighted in Weatherization Plus Health's blog.

Project Director: Ms. Mary Giannetti
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Year:2010Amount: $376,940
Title:The Winchendon Project - Phase III
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - The Winchendon Project
Phase III of The Winchendon Project (TWP) will continue to build on the work done in each of the first two phases including providing school-based behavioral health services; coordinating school and community resources through the work of the Learning Supports Facilitator; continuing a social norming campaign to address youth substance use; working to integrate the provision of medical and behavioral health services; introducing the All-Stars curriculum (a program to delay the onset of or prevent substance use, violence and sexual activity in youths ages 11 to 14); and establishing Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (a community organizing program designed to reduce adolescent access to alcohol by changing community policies and practices) in Winchendon.

The goals of Phase III include:
- building the capacity of staff at Murdock Middle High School to address youth behavioral health and substance use issues so that they can be addressed before clinical intervention is the only option,
- continuing to provide school-based behavioral health services which will also include collateral services, and
- institutionalizing systems to ensure that school personnel continue to be aware of available community resources.

The Winchendon Project will continue to be supportive of the Children's Mental Health Campaign, most specifically in their efforts to ensure payment for collateral contacts which are especially important in behavioral health services for children.

Project Co-Directors: Ms. Kathleen J. McDermott
Ms. Catherine S. Apostoleris
Fiscal Agent: Montachusett Opportunity Council
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Year:2009Amount: $349,429
Title:The Winchendon Project - Phase II
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - The Winchendon Project
Phase I of the Winchendon Project has resulted in behavioral health services are being offered at the Murdock Middle High School and hiring of the Learning Supports Facilitator. Ongoing work includes the development of a resource map of available local services, which should be completed by the end of this academic year, and the development of a social norming campaign, which is scheduled to begin in early 2009. Phase II of The Winchendon Project will include sustaining the components put in place during Phase I and expanding community programming using more targeted substance abuse prevention strategies, including All Stars -- a program to delay the onset of or prevent substance use; violence and sexual activity in youths ages 11 to 14; and Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol -- a community organizing program designed to reduce adolescent access to alcohol by changing community policies and practices.

Project Co-Directors: Ms. Kathleen J. McDermott
Ms. Catherine S. Apostoleris
Fiscal Agent: Montachusett Opportunity Council
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Year:2008Amount: $331,330
Title:The Winchendon Project - Phase I
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - The Winchendon Project
Phase I of The Winchendon Project will begin to modify the risk and protective factors of students in four domains of the lives of young people - individual, family, peer and community.  The primary target population for Phase I are the students at the Murdock Middle/High School.  This project will introduce a series of school-based interventions, including increasing the availability of mental health services on site, adding a learning supports facilitator and conducting a social norming campaign.  In addition to working with the students, the project will involve the parents of the 7th and 8th grades and the school staff who work primarily with these two grades.

Project Director: Ms. Kathleen J. McDermott
Fiscal Agent: Montachusett Opportunity Council
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Year:2007Amount: $249,605
Title:Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts - Implementation, Year 5
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts (OHINCM)
The Joint Coalition on Health of North Central Massachusetts received Planning (2001), Pilot (2002) and Implementation Grants (2003-2007) to expand access to treatment and preventive dental care in North Central MA.  Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts (OHINCM) has been successful in treating significant numbers of those who were without dental care – more than 16,700 individuals – or nearly half of those identified as in need of dental services at the start of this project.  For Year 5 of implementation, OHINCM will focus on sustaining their existing programming and recruiting additional dentists in private practice to participate in MassHealth.  They also will expand services for the elderly who do not have dental care, complete the transition of the School Based Oral Health Prevention Program to Community Health Connections (CHC), expand services to pre-schoolers by partnering with Project Apples in Leominster and add three more dental chairs at CHC's Fitchburg Dental Service.

Project Co-Administrators:  Ms. Kathleen McDermott, Montachusett Opportunity Council
Ms. Lori Martiska, Heywood Hospital
Fiscal Agent: Montachusett Opportunity Council
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Year:2007Amount: $106,460
Title:The Winchendon Project - Planning
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - The Winchendon Project
The Joint Coalition on Health of North Central Massachusetts, representing some 40 agencies and individuals, has as its goal for this project the improvement of access to care for mental health and substance abuse for 12,700 adolescents and young adults (ages 10 to 29) in the region.  They will look at the continuum of care available and the gaps that need to be addressed; access and integration of care issues; prevention, education and screening; and sustainability including the development of a public policy advocacy agenda.

Project Directors:  Ms. Kathleen J. McDermott
Ms. Lorie Martiska
Fiscal Agent: Montachusett Opportunity Council
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Year:2006Amount: $327,970
Title:Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts - Implementation, Year 4
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts (OHINCM)
The Joint Coalition on Health received Planning (2001), Pilot (2002) and Implementation Grants (2003-2006) to expand access to treatment and preventive dental care in North Central MA.  The Year 4 Implementation Grant reflects a continuation of successful strategies including:  CHC Dental Service in Fitchburg and Gardner; dental GHAP program in Fitchburg and Leominster; hygienist training program at Mt. Wachusett Community College; school-based sealant and fluoride varnish programs in five North Central school districts; training for school nurses, pediatricians, maternity nurses and child birth educators to conduct parent education programs; implementing a pre-school oral health education program; a public awareness campaign (“Watch Your Mouth”); and public policy advocacy in conjunction with Central Massachusetts Oral Health Initiative (CMOHI) and the statewide Oral Health Advocacy Task Force coordinated by Health Care For All.

New strategies proposed this year include adding three dental chairs at the Gardner satellite of the Community Health Connections Family Health Center; partnering with the Forsyth Institute to expand school-based services to include temporary fillings and increase the age range of children served; preparation for the 2007 dental residency rotation with UMass; and use of the GHAP model to recruit providers to serve MassHealth patients and enroll new patients as health care reform is implemented.

Project Co-Administrators:  Ms. Kathleen McDermott, Montachusett Opportunity Council
Ms. Lori Martiska, Heywood Hospital
Fiscal Agent: Montachusett Opportunity Council
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Year:2005Amount: $350,371
Title:Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts - Implementation, Year 3
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts (OHINCM)
The Foundation funded the third year of Implementation of the Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts (OHINCM) through the Synergy Initiative, for $350,371.  The OHINCM will continue and expand its successful strategies, such as:  CHC Dental Service in Fitchburg (with plans for a 2007 dental residency rotation with UMass); dental GHAP program in Fitchburg and Leominster; fluoride varnish program in local elementary schools; training health care professionals and child birth educators to conduct parent education; public policy advocacy in coordination with the CMOHI and the statewide Oral Health Advocacy Task Force coordinated by Health Care For All; coordinating GHAP enrollment with HCAP outreach workers and Health Alliance Hospital with the aim of institutionalizing the program; implementing the 12-student dental hygiene program at Mt. Wachusett Community College and CHC; and expanding outreach education to summer youth programs.  The OHINCM recently celebrated significant contributions and pledges, in excess of $100,000, by dentists in North County to help establish the dental hygiene program at Mount Wachusett Community College.

Project Co-Administrators:  Ms. Kathleen McDermott, Montachusett Opportunity Council
Ms. Lori Martiska, Heywood Hospital
Fiscal Agent: Montachusett Opportunity Council
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Year:2004Amount: $331,827
Title:Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts - Implementation, Year 2
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts (OHINCM)
The Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts (OHINCM) will continue its successful strategies, during the second year of implementation, to reduce the incidence of dental disease and increase access to preventive care and treatment in North Central Massachusetts.  The OHINCM will expand the capacity of the reduced-fee dental clinic at the Community Health Connections (CHC) Family Health Center by adding three chairs and implement plans for a satellite clinic in Gardner; increase outreach and marketing/promotion strategies to enroll residents from Leominster and Fitchburg in GHAP; expand the school-based fluoride varnish and sealant program to include Templeton Schools, along with schools in Fitchburg, Gardner, Winchendon, and Leominster; expand community education and outreach efforts to community-based organizations; implement the dental hygiene program and curriculum developed in coordination with Mt. Wachusett Community College and Community Health Center; and continue to coordinate advocacy efforts with Central Massachusetts Oral Health Initiative (CMOHI).

Partners include:  Wachusett District Dental Society, Heywood Hospital, CHC Family Health Center, Mt. Wachusett Community College, Health Alliance, and the Fitchburg, Leominster, Gardner, Winchendon and Templeton Public School Districts.

Project Co-Administrators:  Ms. Kathleen McDermott, Montachusett Opportunity Council
Ms. Lori Martiska, Heywood Hospital
Fiscal Agent: Montachusett Opportunity Council
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Year:2003Amount: $320,771
Title:Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts - Implementation, Year 1
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts (OHINCM)
Joint Coalition on Health of North Central Massachusetts will implement a program to reduce the incidence of dental disease and increase access to preventive care and treatment in North Central Massachusetts.  With the support of earlier Planning and Pilot Grants from the Foundation, the Joint Coalition will expand upon its successful strategies to outreach to Leominster and Fitchburg residents to increase enrollment in GHAP; double the capacity of the reduced-fee dental clinic at the Community Health Connections (CHC) Family Health Center to 10 chairs, and expand clinical services to Saturdays; develop a curriculum and implement a dental hygiene program through Mt. Wachusett Community College; continue the sealant program for second graders in Fitchburg, Gardner and Winchendon and expand to include the Leominster Public Schools; expand community education and outreach efforts with local organizations; and coordinate with Central Massachusetts Oral Health Initiative (CMOHI) to recruit dentists to participate in MassHealth under the new caseload cap pilot.

Partners include:  Wachusett District Dental Society, Heywood Hospital, CHC Family Health Center, Mt. Wachusett Community College, Health Alliance, and the Fitchburg, Leominster and Winchendon Public School Districts.
 
Funding Partners include:  Massachusetts Dental Society Foundation, Wachusett District Dental Society, Oral Health Foundation and federal appropriations.

Project Co-Administrators:  Ms. Kathleen McDermott, Montachusett Opportunity Council
Ms. Lori Martiska, Heywood Hospital
Fiscal Agent: Montachusett Opportunity Council
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Year:2002Amount: $591,768
Title:Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts - Pilot
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts (OHINCM)
The Montachusett Opportunity Council, along with the Joint Coalition on Health of North Central Massachusetts, will implement a comprehensive pilot developed with the earlier planning grant to:  add dental services at the Community Health Connections Family Health Center; coordinate with the Wachusett Dental Society and the Gateway Health Access Program to expand access to private dentists through a reduced fee program; provide sealants to second graders in the Fitchburg and Winchendon public schools; educate parents about children’s oral health; develop a local residency program for dentists through state dental schools and a training site for Mount Wachusett Community College’s dental hygienist program; coordinate with the Central Massachusetts Oral Health Initiative (CMOHI) to educate and advocate for legislative and regulatory oral health improvement initiatives.


Project Co-Administrators:  Ms. Kathleen McDermott, Montachusett Opportunity Council
Ms. Lori Martiska, Heywood Hospital
Fiscal Agent: Montachusett Opportunity Council
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Year:2001Amount: $81,360
Title:Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts - Planning
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts (OHINCM)
The Joint Coalition on Health of North Central Massachusetts, the Gardner Area Interagency Team, and the Fitchburg/Gardner Area Community Health Network Area will work to define a model to increase access to dental care and provide dental health education and promote oral disease prevention in North Central Massachusetts.

Project Director:  Ms. Kathleen McDermott              
Fiscal Agent:         Montachusett Opportunity Council
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