The MetroWest Health Foundation announced the award of over $1.1 million in new grants to area organizations. The foundation has awarded $365,000 in Emergency COVID 19 Grants spread across 54 area agencies. In addition, the foundation recently awarded $749,000 in new grants as part of its spring grant cycle. These grants will support a variety of community projects aimed at reducing teen vaping, addressing health equity, health workforce improvements and efforts to improve health and health care in the region.
Organizations receiving grants from the spring grant cycle are:
Advocates, Inc. $30,000
To support workforce enhancements using medical scribes.
Ashland Public Schools $3,500
To develop a multi-tiered approach to youth vaping.
Behavioral Health Partners MetroWest (Advocates, Inc.) $193,117
To establish a MetroWest Health & Social Service Hub
Bethany Health Care Center $15,085
To support a dementia support program.
Boston Children’s Hospital $74,717
To pilot a youth vaping cessation program in area schools.
Common Street Spiritual Center $10,000
To support the Natick Police Department’s Gun By-back Program
Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, Inc. $26,855
To support workforce enhancements through a staff retention plan.
Framingham Public Schools $30,000
To assist families in accessing health insurance.
Framingham State University $17,933
To support a campus vaping cessation program.
Health Law Advocates, Inc. $19,900
To help low-income immigrants maintain access to health care.
Hopkinton Health Department $25,000
To support a vaping cessation program for youth.
Hudson Board of Health $20,000
To address social service needs of residents.
Hudson Council on Aging $23,660
To offer a respite care program for caregivers of individuals with dementia.
Jeff's Place Children's Bereavement Center, Inc. $10,000
To provide required building safety improvements.
Learning Center for the Deaf $20,000
To support equipment for the audiology clinic.
MetroWest Free Medical Program $25,000
To expand medical interpreter services.
MetroWest Legal Services $50,376
To support legal services for immigrant youth.
Milford Public Schools $2,400
To train staff in Youth Mental Health First Aid.
Natick Council on Aging $59,120
To support Let’s Talk Natick - conversations about end of life choices.
Needham Public Health Division $25,285
To support youth vaping cessation Services.
Needham Public Schools $18,000
To engage students in conversations about racial equity
RIA House Inc. $20,000
To improve services for women survivors of sexual exploitation.
South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc. $29,054
To support peer recovery coaching to address the opioid epidemic.