Prevention Trust Implementation is Underway; Listening Sessions Scheduled for July 17 and 18

[Update 7/5/13: All of the official meeting materials have been posted here.]

On Thursday, June 27, implementation of the Prevention Trust began in earnest with the first meeting of the Advisory Board, which will oversee the Trust.

The Advisory Board members received briefings from Administration officials, discussed the goals and strategy for funding through the Trust, and agreed on a timeline for the summer and fall to develop an RFP and review proposals.  This will include four Listening Sessions to gather public input on July 17th and 18th in New Bedford, Holyoke, Boston, and Worcester.

See the current list of Advisory Board members here: Prev & Wellness Advisory Board Seat status as of June 212013.

At the meeting, Advisory Board members were thanked by Secretary of Health and Human Services John Polanowicz, who stressed the importance of the Trust to the state’s goals of containing health care costs and developing the evidence base in support of prevention.  The members received a briefing from Health Policy Commission Executive Director David Seltz on the state’s health care cost containment legislation (Chapter 224) and the activities of the Health Policy Commission, as well as a briefing from Commissioner Bartlett on the goals and requirements of the Prevention Trust under Chapter 224.  See the full agenda here.

Board members engaged in a discussion of the guiding principles and vision for the Trust, as proposed by Commissioner Bartlett and DPH staff.  Some of the issues discussed included how to promote innovative approaches to prevention by applicants to the Trust, the importance of focusing on both preventable diseases and preventable injuries, and the most strategic number of awards to be issued.  The Advisory Board members were tasked with reviewing a thick folder of information that summarized health statistics for Massachusetts and evidence-based strategies to address those conditions and submitting recommendations back to DPH staff in advance of the next Advisory Board meeting.

A timeline was also discussed and agreed upon:

– The next two Advisory Board meetings will be held on July 24th and August 19th, both from 1-4pm at the Department of Public Health office at 250 Washington Street in Boston.  All board meetings are subject to the state’s Open Meeting Law, and the public is welcome to attend.

– Four Listening Sessions will be held on July 17th (10am in New Bedford and 3pm in Boston) and 18th (10am in Holyoke and 3pm in Worcester)  to gather information from stakeholders and members of the public

– A Request for Response (RFR) will be released in August

– A bidder’s conference will be held in September (date TBD)

Recommendations on funding awards will be made to the Advisory Board in December

To learn more about the Prevention Trust, visit MPHA’s website.

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