Somerville, Mass. - The Somerville Health Foundation (SHF) has announced the recipients of this year’s community funding. Cambridge Health Alliance CEO Patrick Wardell recently joined SHF trustees to award the grants and honor the 11 organizations that were selected for alignment with the SHF’s priorities. Through this funding, the Foundation strives to promote and support the preventive health efforts to improve health outcomes of the residents of the City of Somerville, Massachusetts.
The major priorities for this year’s grants are to address the following preventative health priorities, while also addressing local health disparity issues impacting Somerville residents: root causes of disease, health disparities and inequities in health; mental and emotional health, chronic stress prevention/interventions; protective factors to reduce substance abuse, decrease violence or improve mental health; and/or physical activity and food/nutrition programming, infrastructure and/or policy work related to obesity prevention and reduction of diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease.
The 11 nonprofit organizations were funded for a total of $32,900, with awards ranging from $1,500 to $4,000. This year’s SHF grantees are the Community Action Agency of Somerville/Head Start Program, CASPAR, Groundwork Somerville, the Immigrant Service Providers Group/Health, Mystic Learning Center, Somerville Community Access Television, Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services, Somerville Council on Aging, the Center for Teen Empowerment, Universite D’Haiti, and The Welcome Project.
The types of programs made possible through this funding range across multiple populations and topics from supporting healthy nutrition through urban agriculture or cooking programs for kids to street outreach for homeless residents dealing with substance abuse. Fitness classes will serve LBT residents for a second year, while youth will meet for dialogues to prevent violence. Seniors and adults with disabilities will have medical advocacy and escorts for medical visits. Immigrants will be served by a range of programs including Spanish language video tools for training in leadership development, immunization promotion, local radio podcasts in Haitian Creole, and stress awareness and self-management.
The Somerville Health Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, was founded in 1996 shortly after Cambridge Hospital and Somerville Hospital merged to form Cambridge Health Alliance. Trustees from Cambridge Health Alliance who live in Somerville also serve as trustees for the Foundation, joined by a representative of the Somerville Mayor. The Somerville Community Health Agenda, part of CHA’s Community Affairs department, provides administrative support. For additional information, please contact Lisa Brukilacchio at 617-591-6940 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cambridge Health Alliance is a vital and innovative community health system that provides essential services to Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices, and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Tufts University School of Medicine. For more information, visit www.challiance.org.