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These are extraordinary times to work in public health in Massachusetts, as the Commonwealth leads the nation in the successful implementation of health care reform through innovation, collaboration, and hard work.  As a former front-line nurse and community advocate, it is exciting to see the successful launch of a new model of care that will prove to be one of the keys to our long-term success in health care reform. For years, I provided direct care to HIV/AIDS patients, where I saw firsthand how patient-centered and preventative care can bolster health outcomes. This approach also has the benefit of lowering health care costs, making the system stronger and more accessible for all of us.

Here in Massachusetts we’ve embarked on a groundbreaking initiative to do just that. It’s called the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF), and it was created by the Legislature as part of Chapter 224 (the landmark 2012 health care cost containment reform) to reduce the prevalence of preventable chronic diseases and support cost containment through alternative payment models that promote community linkages to clinical providers.

The Trust is the first of its kind in the nation – and is seen by public health advocates and experts across the nation alike as an opportunity to make the case for meaningful, systemic changes that will  improve the access and delivery of health care to our residents while reducing the all-too-real impact of health care costs on our local, state, and federal budgets.

Today I’m pleased to announce the recipients of the first PWTF grants – a total of $42 million which will be awarded to nine community-level partnerships from across the Commonwealth, following an extensive application and review process.

Over the next four years, each of these public/private community partnerships or “collaboratives” will work together to provide innovative solutions in the delivery of health care that make a measurable impact in the health and wellness of the communities they represent.  On behalf of everyone at DPH, we are delighted to partner with them.

Please join me in congratulating the following Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund awardees:

Barnstable County Department of Human Services (coordinating organization)

  • Community Health Center of Cape Cod
  • Duffy Health Center
  • Harbor Community Health Center, Hyannis
  • My Life, My Health Coalition of Cape Cod
  • YMCA of Cape Cod

Berkshire Medical Center (coordinating organization)

  • Berkshire County Boards of Health
  • Berkshire United Way
  • Berkshire Regional Planning Commission / Berkshire Public Health Alliance
  • Fairview Hospital
  • North Adams Regional Hospital
  • North Berkshire Community Coalition
  • Tri-town Health Department District

 Boston Public Health Commission (coordinating organization)

  • Action for Boston Community Development
  • Boston Commission on Elderly Affairs (CBES and BSH)
  • Boston Medical Center Injury Prevention Center
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Bowdoin Street Health Center
  • Codman Square Health Center
  • Dimock Center
  • Dorchester House Multi-Service Center
  • Ethos
  • Harbor Health Services
  • Health Resources in Action
  • Massachusetts Health Quality Partners/The Greater Boston Aligning Forces for Quality (GB AF4Q)
  • Upham’s Corner Health Center
  • Whittier Street Health Center

 Holyoke Health Center (coordinating organization)

  • City of Holyoke
  • Greater Holyoke YMCA
  • Holyoke Medical Center, Inc.
  • River Valley Counseling Center, Inc.
  • Western Mass Physician Associates, Inc.

City of Lynn (coordinating organization)

  • Greater Lynn Senior Services, Inc.
  • Lynn Community Health Center
  • Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development
  • Lynn Public Schools
  • Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council

City of New Bedford Health Department (coordinating organization)

  • Bedford Health Department
  • Boston Medical Center Injury Prevention Center
  • Bristol County Elder Services
  • Catholic Social Services
  • Child and Family Services, Inc.
  • City of Fall River
  • Coastline Elderly
  • Fall River Housing Authority
  • Fall River Public Schools
  • Greater New Bedford Community Health Center, Inc.
  • Healthfirst Family Care Center, Inc.
  • Immigration Assistance Services
  • InterChurch Council of Greater New Bedford
  • Maguire Allergy Pediatrics
  • Mass in Motion / Mass in Motion Kids
  • New Bedford Housing Authority
  • New Bedford Public Schools
  • Partners for a Healthier Community
  • Positive Action Against Chemical Addiction
  • Seven Hills Behavior Health, Inc.
  • Stanley Street Treatment and Resources
  • Steward St Anne’s Hospital Corp
  • Southcoast Health System
  • Tobacco Free Community Partnership
  • UMASS-Dartmouth
  • YMCA Southcoast

 City of Worcester (coordinating organization)

  • Central MA Area Health Education Center
  • Community Legal Aid, Inc.
  • Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
  • Fallon Community Health Plan
  • Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.
  • MA Audubon Society / Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Mosaic Cultural Complex
  • UMASS Medical School
  • UMASS Memorial Medical Center
  • VNA Network Care and Hospice
  • Worcester Child Development and Head Start Program
  • Worcester Public Schools

Manet Community Health Center (coordinating organization)

  • Bay State Community Services, Inc.
  • City of Quincy (Quincy Health Department)
  • Quincy Medical Center
  • South Shore Elder Services, Inc.
  • South Shore Hospital
  • South Shore Workforce Investment Board
  • South Shore YMCA, Inc.
  • Town of Weymouth

Town of Hudson (coordinating organization)

  • Central MA Area Health Education Center, Inc.
  • City of Marlborough
  • Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
  • JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.
  • Latino Health Insurance Program, Inc.
  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council
  • MetroWest Medical Center
  • MetroWest YMCA
  • Town of Framingham
  • Town of Northborough
  • YMCA of Central Massachusetts

Written By:

Commissioner of the Department of Public Health

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