Massachusetts Medical Society and Alliance Charitable Foundation Awards 10 Grants to Agencies Across the State for Health Care Services

Contact: Richard P. Gulla
Tel: 781-434-7101
Email: rgulla@mms.org 

Waltham, Mass. -- April 5, 2011 -- The Massachusetts Medical Society and Alliance Charitable Foundation has awarded 10 grants totaling $149,500 to agencies across the state to support health and medical services that address HIV/AIDS, homelessness, STD prevention, chronic disease, mental health, tuberculosis,  healthy lifestyles, and health literacy for youth, adults, and seniors. 
     
Six agencies are receiving grants for the first time; four have previously received grants. The recipients, awards, and purposes of the grants, with links to their websites.

AIDS Project Worcester, $32,000, to expand the organization's free and anonymous HIV testing services to include testing for sexually transmitted infections. For over 20 years, the organization has been providing comprehensive services to support the medical care and service needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS and those at greatest risk for the disease. www.aidsprojectworcester.org

MetroWest Free Medical Program, Sudbury, $25,000, to expand services provided by volunteer physicians at the Sudbury and Framingham locations to include routine screening for chronic disease and to improve the health literacy of patients. The agency, which received Foundation grants in 2009 and 2010, provides free care to uninsured people in the region.  www.metrowestfreemedicalprogram.org/

Lynn Community Health Center, $25,000, to increase the health education and outreach efforts of its Teen Health Ambassadors in the areas of pregnancy prevention, STD/HIV education and prevention, domestic violence assessment and education, and access to health care services. LCHC is now the largest provider of primary care services in Lynn. In 2010, it  provided over 150,000 medical, behavioral health and dental visits to 33,286 patients - reaching more than one in three Lynn residents and 45 percent of all Lynn children under the age of 19.  www.lchcnet.org

Amherst Survival Center, $15,000, to support a part-time clinic coordinator who will work with patients to connect them with primary care and specialty services, arrange transportation, serve as an advocate, and keep track of appointments and medications. Since 1976, the organization has promoted the health and well being of residents of Franklin and Hampshire counties with programs to help people meet basic needs. www.amherstsurvival.org

Father Bill's & MainSpring, headquartered in Quincy and serving homeless individuals in the Quincy and Brockton areas, $15,000, to support the MainSpring Clinic Project in Brockton that provides basic medical care, tests , and screenings and helps patients with insurance and referrals to primary care physicians. This is the third grant to the agency from the Foundation. www.fatherbillsmainspring.org/

Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest, Marlborough, $10,000, to support the agency's Triple Play Program for Marlborough youth in grades 2-7. The program demonstrates how eating right, keeping fit and forming positive relationships can lead to a healthy lifestyle. The Boys and Girls Club of MetroWest serves 3,200 youth each year in Marlborough, Hudson, and Framingham.  www.bgcmetrowest.org

Duffy Health Center, Hyannis, $7,500, to expand the Office-Based Opioid Treatment Program started in 2004, which provides a comprehensive patient support system during the transition from addiction to recovery. Last year, Duffy providers cared for 2,604 patients, with more than 25,000 visits, six times the rate of more traditional community health centers. The agency received a grant from the Foundation in 2003 to provide primary health care and social services to the homeless.  www.duffyhealthcenter.org

Open Door Free Medical Program, Hudson, $7,500, to support expansion of its physician-led volunteer initiative to include a mental health component. Open Door Free Medical Program is a community-based outreach program run by the First United Methodist Church of Hudson that provides free, walk-in medical care for those in the Marlborough/Hudson area who lack health insurance. The agency received previous grants from the Foundation in 2009 and 2010.

Milford Regional Medical Center, Milford, $7,500, to support efforts of volunteer medical staff and community partners in its tuberculosis program. Milford Regional Medical Center (MRMC) serves the healthcare needs of residents in 20 communities in Central Massachusetts, an area whose population is approaching 250,000. An outpatient tuberculosis clinic was established in 2007 as the need for treatment escalated among non-U.S. born residents.  www.milfordregional.org

Hearth, Inc., Boston, $5,000, to support the agency's Outreach Program that provides housing search, placement, and stabilization services to homeless elders and prevention services to elders at risk of homelessness. Hearth develops and operates affordable housing for homeless and low-income elders, assists elders in locating affordable options in other community housing, and provides important support and stabilization services, all necessary to ensure permanent housing placements for elders in need.  www.hearth-home.org

The 10 awards bring the total amount of grants made by the Foundation to more than $2.1 million since its inception in 2000. Among the 74 programs supported are those addressing homelessness, sexual abuse and domestic violence, hunger, and health care for the uninsured and underinsured. 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 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.

The Massachusetts Medical Society, with nearly 23,000 physicians and student members, is dedicated to educating and advocating for the patients and physicians of Massachusetts. The Society publishes the New England Journal of Medicine, a leading global medical journal and web site, and Journal Watch alerts and newsletters covering 13 specialties. The Society is also a leader in continuing medical education for health care professionals throughout Massachusetts, conducting a variety of medical education programs for physicians and health care professionals. Founded in 1781, MMS is the oldest continuously operating medical society in the country.

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