Massachusetts Medical Society: Massachusetts Medical Society & Alliance Charitable Foundation awards grants to health-focused organizations

Massachusetts Medical Society & Alliance Charitable Foundation awards grants to health-focused organizations

The Massachusetts Medical Society & Alliance Charitable Foundation has awarded grants to health-focused organizations across the state.

The awards, totaling $265,000 and benefitting 20 organizations in 2018, bring the total amount of grants made by the foundation to nearly $4 million since 2000.

Wellesley-based Health Care Without Walls received $20,000 to create a replicable and sustainable model of low-barrier access, community-based urgent and episodic care to support chronic disease management and prevent emergency room and hospital admissions among aging, homeless women. This is the foundation’s sixth grant to the organization, bringing the total to $100,000.

The MetroWest Free Medical Program was granted $10,000 in support of its efforts to enhance volunteer recruitment and expand capacity to meet the growing need for care by the uninsured and underinsured. The foundation has supported MWFP with nine grants and $136,000 since 2000. 

Framingham’s South Middlesex Opportunity Council received $10,000 that will be earmarked toward educating homeless families in nutrition, healthy meal planning and safe food preparation in an effort to meet the overall goals of improving health, recovery, employability and housing.

The foundation has given $20,000 to the Amherst Survival Center’s health program. Funding will be directed toward supplementing a free clinic provided by medical volunteers and staff, the Health Needs Fund, which helps pay for medications and tests and HungeRX, outreach to local physicians to support food security screenings and referrals to food pantries. This is the sixth grant the Foundation has made to ASC, bringing the total award to $105,000 since 2011.

“We offer our gratitude for the continued support of the Massachusetts Medical Society and Alliance Charitable Foundation of our free walk‐in health clinic and the ways it helps us meet our mission to connect residents of Hampshire and Franklin Counties with health and wellness,” Amherst Survival Center Executive Director Mindy Domb said.

The foundation’s presence will be felt in Brockton as three organizations – the Brockton Champion Program, the MainSpring Outreach Project and Health Imperatives’ HIV Prevention Project – will share $40,000.

The Brockton Champion Program, a community collaboration among city, police, courts, health and treatment providers to provide immediate access to drug treatment in an effort to reduce the city’s opioid overdose and death rates and promote engagement with long-term recovery, will receive $10,000.

Father Bill’s & MainSpring will receive $15,000 for its MainSpring Outreach Project which aims to create access to health care and improve health outcomes for homeless men and women who are currently living outdoors.

“Massachusetts Medical Society and Alliance Charitable Foundation’s longstanding support of Father Bill’s & MainSpring has been instrumental in making health services accessible to the most vulnerable people in our community,” Father Bill’s & MainSpring President and CEO John Yazwinski said. “We are proud to partner with an organization that targets their resources to proactively provide care for high utilizers of emergency systems, such as those who are homeless and living outside. Through their generous funding, Massachusetts Medical Society and Alliance Charitable Foundation is helping to provide cost effective healthcare solutions and produce better outcomes for individuals experiencing homelessness and in desperate need of care.”

The foundation will grant $15,000 to the HIV Prevention Project that will enable Health Imperatives to increase access to HIV prevention services among high-risk populations in Southeastern Massachusetts through improved clinical outreach and community engagement efforts.

Additional grant recipients include REACH Beyond Domestic Violence (Waltham), Seamark Vision Clinic at the Cotting School (Lexington), the Sharewood Project (Malden), New Directions Counselling Center at Interfaith Social Services (Quincy), The Women’s Opioid Prevention Program at Roxbury’s Whittier Street Health Center, and Boston nonprofits The Women’s Health Initiative at Boston Health Care for the Homeless, Hearth, Charles River Community Health, Peer Health Exchange, Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center, the Crimson Care Collaborative, the Family Van and StudentsCare.

The Massachusetts Medical Society & Alliance 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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