New grants, totaling $1,587,243, were awarded in 2003 to organizations in Central Massachusetts through the Foundation’s Health Care and Health Promotion Synergy Initiative and Board Designated grantmaking programs. These new grants, together with grants made by the Foundation since December 2000, bring the philanthropy’s total grantmaking to $6,197,386. (Click here to view a chart of grants by health issue.)
During 2003, the Recognition Awards Program, the Activation Fund and the Synergy Initiative were closed to new applications, in response to three years of declining investment markets. The Foundation remained committed to continue strategic grant support for multi-year projects addressing Oral Health, Child Abuse, and Children’s Mental Health, through the Foundation’s Health Care and Health Promotion Synergy Initiative.
|Title:||Central Massachusetts Oral Health Initiative - Implementation, Year 2||Amount:||$454,534|
|Recipient:||UMass Medical School|
|Grant Type: ||Synergy Initiative - Central Massachusetts Oral Health Initiative (CMOHI)|
|The Central Massachusetts Oral Health Initiative (CMOHI), will continue implementation of a comprehensive program to increase access to oral health preventive and restorative treatment services for low income and uninsured populations, and reduce the incidence of dental caries among children in Greater Worcester and Southern Worcester County. Building upon the successful volunteer-led oral health clinic at Quinsigamond Community College, the CMOHI will expand school-based dental screening and treatment services and initiate the use of fluoride varnishes; implement the "screen and seal" and fluoride mouth rinse programs in South Worcester County schools; establish an Oral Health Division at the University of Massachusetts Medical School to expand medical training in oral health and provide emergency dental coverage; and partner with a neighborhood center to conduct outreach education for families. CMOHI, in conjunction with the Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts, will advocate for implementation of a MassHealth Dental third-party administrator and caseload-cap pilot program. |
Partners include: Worcester District Dental Society, Quinsigamond Community College, Great Brook Valley Health Center, Family Health Center, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Worcester District Medical Society, UMass Memorial's Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, Worcester District Hygienists’ Association, Southbridge Public Schools, Webster Public Schools, Worcester Public Schools, South Worcester Neighborhood Center, Southern Worcester County Oral Health Coalition, and others.
Funding partners include: Kellogg Foundation, Oral Health Foundation, St. Vincent Hospital Community Benefits, Massachusetts Dental Society, Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, Medicaid Assistance Project, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2003 Community Health Leader Award (Dr. John Gusha), and federal appropriations.
||Dr. John Gusha
||Mr. Mick Huppert
||UMass Medical School
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|Title:||Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative - Implementation, Year 1||Amount:||$398,653|
|Grant Type: ||Synergy Initiative - Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative (CAPPC)|
|The Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative (CAPPC) will implement a program, developed with the support of earlier Planning and Pilot Grants from the Foundation, to prevent child abuse and neglect and establish a system of care for victims and their families. The Collaborative will expand the Family Outreach Network’s home visiting services; implement the Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Campaign at two hospitals and expand the Campaign to four additional birthing hospitals; explore best practices for child sexual assault prevention; continue community-based child abuse prevention education; and advocate for the establishment of regional diagnostic and treatment centers in Massachusetts for child victims of maltreatment. |
Partners include: The Catholic Diocese of Worcester’s Office of Prevention and Healing; Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Social Services (DSS); Community Healthlink; Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA); Daybreak at the Worcester YWCA; Office of the District Attorney; Harrington Hospital; Henry Heywood Hospital; Henry Lee Willis Community Center; Massachusetts Citizens for Children; Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC); Pernet Family Health Service; Rape Crisis Center of Central Massachusetts; United Way of Central Massachusetts; UMass Memorial Medical Center’s Child Protection Program; Worcester Community Connections Coalition; Worcester Communities of Care; Worcester Juvenile Court; Worcester Public Schools; and Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. (Y.O.U., Inc.)
Other funding partners include: Greater Worcester Community Foundation, St. Vincent Hospital Community Benefits, and the Massachusetts Office for Victims Assistance.
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|Title:||Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts - Implementation, Year 1||Amount:||$320,771|
|Recipient:||Montachusett Opportunity Council|
|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.
||Ms. Kathleen McDermott, Montachusett Opportunity Council
Ms. Lori Martiska, Heywood Hospital
||Montachusett Opportunity Council
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|Title:||Together For Kids - Implementation, Year 1||Amount:||$275,000|
|Grant Type: ||Synergy Initiative - Together For Kids (TFK)|
Together for Kids (TFK) Coalition will implement a program, developed with the support of earlier Planning and Pilot Grants from the Foundation, to improve children’s mental health by increasing the capacity of child care centers and families to effectively meet the social and emotional developmental needs of children, provide supportive environments for at-risk children, and strengthen the partnership between parents and child care staff. Together for Kids will provide on-site mental health consultation to child care centers; behavior management coaching and training of teaching staff; family outreach and parent involvement, and a strong program, research and evaluation component. Together for Kids will advocate for public policy and regulatory changes that increase affordable, accessible, quality child care and family mental health services, and expand the availability of mental health consultation in early care and learning settings.
Partners include: Becker College, Child Care Connection, Edward Street Child Services, Great Brook Valley Health Center, Jewish Family Services, Pernet Family Health Service, Quinsigamond Community College, Rainbow Child Development Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School Early Intervention, United Way of Central Massachusetts, Webster Square Daycare Center, WAAEYC, Worcester Community Action Council, Worcester Communities of Care, Worcester Comprehensive Childcare Services, Worcester Police Department, Worcester Public Schools, YMCA, Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc.(Y.O.U., Inc.), YWCA, and others.
Funding partners include: United Way of Central Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services.
|Ms. Carolyn Droser
Ms. Lynn Hennigan
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