Massachusetts Medical Society & Alliance Charitable Foundation Awards 20 Grants for Health Services across the State

Waltham, Mass. – April 25th – The Massachusetts Medical Society & Alliance Charitable Foundation has awarded 20 grants totaling $203,621 to organizations across the state to support a variety of health care services, including treatment for substance abuse; care for homeless, uninsured, and underinsured individuals and families; and programs that address hunger and oral health care.     

Ten agencies are receiving grants from the Foundation for the first time; 10 have previously been awarded grants.  

The agencies receiving grants for the first time:

Cooley Dickinson Health Care, Northampton, $12,500, to support the first year of a two-year program to prevent and treat opioid use in Hampshire County.   

Interfaith Social Services, Quincy, $10,000, to support the New Directions Counseling Center, offering a safety net for uninsured and underinsured individuals and providing counseling to those in need.  Founded in 1947 and serving residents of the South Shore, the agency is nonreligious and conducts programs focused on hunger, mental health and emergency assistance.    

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Methuen, $10,000, to support the start-up of Group Well Child Visits, to include routine child care and education for parents. Established in 1980, GLFHC serves more than 56,000 patients at six primary care sites, two school-based health centers, and 14 Health Care for the Homeless sites.

HealthCare Options, Inc., North Attleboro, $10,000, to support the Elder Dental Program, offering affordable oral health care to low-income seniors age 60 and older who do not have dental insurance.  A network of community dentists volunteer to provide the care at reduced, sliding-scale fees. The agency is a nonprofit affiliate of Community VNA in Attleboro. 

Worcester Free Clinic Coalition, Worcester, $10,000, to support the Coalition’s referral project and equipment improvement plan at the five clinics in the Coalition that provide free medical care and case management to uninsured and underinsured patients in the Greater Worcester area.    

Boston University Outreach Van Project, East Boston, $9,000, to support the clinical outreach and community education initiatives of the project.  Established by students in 1997, the project provides food and health care to the homeless in East Boston and serves 1,400 people annually. 

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, $7,121 to support the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency’s project to confront homelessness, substance use disorder, and barriers to care in the emergency department.  

Life Connection Center, Lowell, $6,000, to support the Homeless Health Education and Healthy Meals Project.  The agency was started in 2013 by members of the Brazilian M.I.L. Church to address homelessness and hunger in the city.

Cotting School, Lexington, $5,000, to support the Seamark Vision Clinic, one of only a few clinics in Massachusetts with the specific technology and expertise to provide proper vision assessments to children with complex disabilities.  The school meets the unique needs of students with a broad spectrum of learning and communication disabilities, physical challenges, and complex medical conditions by providing integrated services.  

Latino Medical Student Association of Boston University School of Medicine, East Boston, $2,000, to support the Annual Health Care Fair, which provides free healthcare screening, consultation, and education to a primary underserved Latino population in East Boston.

Agencies and programs that have previously received Foundation grants, with their 2017 allotments:  

Boston Health Care for the Homeless, $25,000, to support expansion of the agency’s Supportive Place for Observation and Treatment (SPOT) program to include evening hours.  The SPOT program provides care for men and women at risk of overdoses or harm from over-sedation and enables timely interventions when needed. 

Amherst Survival Center, Amherst, $16,000, for the operations of the Free Health Clinic, including support of clinic personnel, the Health Needs Fund, and Project HungeRX.  The Center serves nearly 6,000 individuals in Franklin and Hampshire counties every year, helping them with the basic needs of food, clothing, health care, and companionship.    

Father Bill’s and MainSpring, Brockton, $15,000, to support the MainSpring Outreach Project providing health care to homeless individuals in the Brockton area. With locations in Quincy and Brockton, the agency serves 40 communities in Southeastern Massachusetts and works to end homelessness by focusing on the areas of housing, prevention, emergency shelter, and workforce development.    

Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires, Great Barrington, $15,000, to support screening patients for social, economic, and environmental factors that influence health and connecting them to appropriate services.  A volunteer-based organization, VIM serves patients in the Berkshire region, age 19 to 64, who are currently uninsured and lack access to public programs.         

Community Health Center of Cape Cod, Mashpee, $10,000, to support the partnership with the Medical Alumni Volunteer Expert Network (MAVEN) Project to provide optometry and dermatology care via telemedicine to vulnerable residents of Cape Cod.  

Hearth, Inc., Boston, $10,000, to support a part-time substance abuse counselor to offer services on-site to Hearth residents as well as clients of the Outreach Program, including staff consultation, training, and resource assistance to direct service staff.    

The Family Van, Roxbury, $10,000, to support the training of two ambassadors who will promote healthcare access and health equity in the community through outreach and workshops.  

The Sharewood Project, Malden, $10,000, to support this student-operated clinic, under the supervision of volunteer physicians, to provide free health care services to Greater Boston’s most vulnerable residents.  

Gavin Foundation, Boston, $6,000, to support the Enrollment Assistance Support and Information Project, which enables uninsured individuals and their families, struggling with addiction, to access health insurance coverage for addiction and mental health treatment services.     

Rosie’s Place, Boston, $5,000, to support the agency’s Community Health Outreach Worker & Wellness Center Program.  Founded in 1974 as the first women’s shelter in the United States, Rosie’s Place provides a safe and nurturing environment that helps 12,000 poor and homeless women annually.

The 20 awards for 2017 bring the total amount of grants made by the Foundation to more than $3.7 million since the Foundation was established in 2000. More information on the MMS and Alliance Charitable Foundation may be found at www.mmsfoundation.org.


The Foundation is a supporting organization of the Massachusetts Medical Society, the statewide association of physicians, and the MMS Alliance, the organization of physicians' spouses, physicians, medical students, partners, and friends committed to advancing the health and well-being of the family of medicine. 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.

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