MPHA is beginning 2017 with three new grants to support our work to advance health equity in Massachusetts. Grants received from Baystate Medical Center, Tufts Health Plan Foundation and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation will support our work to advance health equity in Hampden County, advocate for statewide policies to create age-friendly communities, and advocate for integration of the social determinants of health in health care reform.
On January 6, 2017, the Community Benefits Advisory Council for Baystate Medical Center announced the recipients of its Better Together grants including a grant to MPHA and the Western Massachusetts Health Equity Network (WMHEN) to expand collaborative field work in Hampden County–a region of the state with some of the worst health outcomes. This grant will allow MPHA and WMHEN to work together to help community-based organizations strategically advocate for needed investments and policies for food security, public transportation, housing, the built environment, public health infrastructure, community health, racial justice, and economic justice.
In December 2016, MPHA received a grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation to engage in statewide policy initiatives that support the development of age-friendly communities by addressing the social determinants of health such as access to affordable food, housing, and transportation. Awarded under the Foundation’s Policy and Advocacy focus area, the grant aligns with the Foundation’s support for age-friendly communities by improving the health and wellness of vulnerable older adults.
In December 2016, MPHA received a Social Equity and Health grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation to support The Alliance for Community Health Integration. The Alliance is an emerging collaboration among state and local leaders in public health and consumer advocacy with the goal of improving social determinants of health as a centerpiece of Massachusetts health care transformation. MPHA is seeking a consultant to support this work.
Learn about our other funders, here.