Massachusetts Medical Society & Alliance Charitable Foundation announces 2013 grants

Contact: Richard Gulla,
781-434-7101
rgulla@mms.org 

Waltham, Mass. – April 11 – Three agencies in Western Massachusetts, three in Central Massachusetts, two in MetroWest, and four in Boston/Greater Boston have received grants from the Massachusetts Medical Society & Alliance Charitable Foundation as part of its 2013 allocations.

The 12 grants total $160,000 and will help to support health and medical services that address vision care, healthy lifestyles, asthma reduction, prevention and screening services, and primary care for the uninsured.

Eight agencies are receiving grants for the first time; four have previously been awarded grants from the Foundation. The recipients, awards, and purposes of the grants, with links to available websites:

Western Massachusetts

Community Health Programs, Great Barrington, was awarded $35,000, to outfit a medical van with equipment to provide a mobile ophthalmic office that will offer patients of all ages comprehensive screening, diagnosis, and treatment for  eye diseases. The van will focus care on populations that are disadvantaged due to mobility, health, or economic reasons. The agency serves people throughout Berkshire County.

Amherst Survival Center Free Medical Clinic, Amherst, $15,000, to hire a part-time clinic manager to oversee expansion of the agency’s operation.  The clinic serves more than 500 individuals in Hampshire and Franklin counties. This is the second grant to the agency from the foundation; it previously received $15,000 in 2011.

Greater Westfield Free Health Services, Westfield, $5,000, to support free health services for residents in the Westfield area who are uninsured or underinsured.

Central Massachusetts

Heywood Hospital, Gardner, $20,000, to support a part-time pharmacist who will provide in-home medication counseling, monitoring, and reconciliation to identify problems. The pharmacist would serve as a liaison with the patient’s primary care physician.

UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, $15,000, for a home-based asthma reduction program for children and families living in the Bell Hill neighborhood of Worcester.

Girls, Inc., Worcester, $10,000, to support the agency’s program, Promoting Healthy Lifestyles for At-Risk Girls, and its components, Fit Girls and Friendly PEERsuasian, which address unhealthy behaviors, including substance abuse, poor nutrition, and lack of exercise. 

MetroWest

Metro West Free Medical Program, Sudbury, $10,000, to help expand the program’s health services in Framingham and Sudbury beyond the three nights currently offered by providing health screening and education at three local food pantries. This is the fifth grant this program has received; previous grants totaling $85,000 were made in 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009.

Children's Health Care and Nutritional Goals through Education (CHANGE), Shrewsbury, $10,000, to support the expansion of the agency’s tuberculosis screening and educational program to identify and treat latent TB patients.  This is the second grant the agency has received; it was previously awarded $5,000 in 2006 for preventive services for the uninsured.  

Boston/Greater Boston

Restoring Sight International, West Roxbury, $15,000, to support the program Vision Screenings for At-Risk Seniors, which provides free vision screenings to seniors in their communities.

The Family Van Program, Roxbury, $10,000, for the agency’s youth initiative, which targets high-risk youth 12-24 in Boston’s underserved neighborhoods and provides mobiles health screening and education.

Upham’s Corner Health Center, Dorchester, $10,000, to provide a patient navigator for the Comprehensive Colonoscopy Engagement project, designed to decrease missed and cancelled appointments and promote early detection.

The Sharewood Project, Malden, $5,000, to support this medical-student-run clinic offering free health services to vulnerable residents. This is the sixth grant the project has received; previous grants totaling $51,500 were made in 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2006.

The Foundation is a supporting organization of the Massachusetts Medical Society, the statewide association of physicians with nearly 24,000 physicians and student members, and the MMS Alliance, the organization of physicians’ spouses committed to promoting good health among the citizens of Massachusetts and to advancing the health and well being of the medical family. The Foundation’s mission is to support the charitable and educational activities of the Society and Alliance and address issues affecting the health, benefit, and welfare of the community. More information on the MMS and Alliance Charitable Foundation may be found at www.mmsfoundation.org.

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