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The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts

Key Factors

These are the key factors that influence the Foundation's decision-making regarding the Health Care and Health Promotion Synergy Initiative projects.  The Foundation expects these projects to:

  • Add value by complementing funding streams, rather than duplicating funding traditionally provided by others (e.g., local state or federal government programs), and encouraging cofunding partners when appropriate;

  • Rely on community leadership to identify health issues that should be addressed, as informed by health status indicators and emerging health issues, rather than the Foundation naming health issues and calling for proposals to address those issues;

  • Encourage partnerships and collaborative projects which combine evidence-based interventions to improve access to medical treatment and prevention (e.g., population health, public health) strategies to address a health issue;

  • Focus funding on a few projects with multi-year support designed to result in systems change in order to sustain evidence-based interventions;

  • Emphasize and support evaluation to facilitate grantee results and sustainability of evidence-based interventions; and

  • Change public policy in order to institutionalize evidence-based interventions by supporting advocacy and lobbying activities.