State Reps and Stakeholders Learn about the Prevention and Wellness Trust in New Bedford

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MPHA Policy Director Maddie Ribble speaks to stakeholders and legislators at the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund community meeting in New Bedford

MPHA staff were delighted to join the Southeastern Health Initiative for Transformation (SHIFT) at the stunning New Bedford Whaling Museum for an update on their work to implement their $5 million Prevention & Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF) grant from the MA Department of Public Health. New Bedford State Representatives Strauss, Cabral, and Schmid joined 45 others to learn about the SHIFT Partnership’s strategic work to prevent falls by older adults, childhood asthma, and to help adults manage chronic illnesses including diabetes and hypertension. The City of New Bedford is one of nine communities in the state to be part of this first-in-the nation effort that invests in prevention by linking clinical care and community services. MPHA led the coalition that helped establish the PWTF in 2012 and is collaborating with key stakeholders to ensure this important work can continue into the future.