Recent Awards

Advocates

Framingham

Advocates will purchase Zoom accounts, computer monitors, laptops, and printers for six recently hired bilingual clinicians to expand access to behavioral health care for low-income Latino individuals and families.  Funding will also provide equipment to two medical assistants to improve their efficiency when scheduling appointments and updating client charts.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Inc.

Boston

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Inc.  (BCNC) will support two staff members to attain their certification as Mental Health First Aid trainers. These BCNC staff will then facilitate a series of mental health first aid training to other staff and youth, adults, and caregivers.  This initiative will enable BCNC staff to become more attuned and better equipped to serve participants struggling with mental health issues. Ultimately Chinese immigrant youth, adults, and families will have increased access to culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services.

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Boston

Bridge Over Troubled Waters will train four counselors in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and establish DBT groups for homeless youths. DBT teaches methods to acceptand tolerate? negative emotions as opposed to just focusing on the alteration and dissolution of negative emotions. DBT imparts young adults with critical behavioral skills to utilize independently, in order to increase focus on long-term aspirations: finishing their education, securing a job, and attaining housing.

Cape Verdean Women United, Inc.

Brockton

Cape Verdean Women United, Inc (CVWU) will increase access to services for marginalized intimate partner violence survivors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will include care coordination services, evidence-based education on violence prevention, and specialized language services. One of the goals of the project is to create robust community dialogue around intimate partner violence and make the community aware of organizations that provide services tailored to ethnically and racially marginalized community members.

Casa Esperanza, Inc.

Roxbury

Casa Esperanza will maintain and expand its telehealth infrastructure and build staff resilience to better support patients. It will hire bilingual clinical facilitators to enhance and sustain their successful groups for staff to process trauma and stress related to pandemic care.

This grant was made in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging

Worcester

Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging will provide coordinated behavioral health services to older adults of color and their families by linking them to clinicians of the same race and ethnicity, focusing on families in which grandparents are raising grandchildren.

Codman Square Health Center

Boston

Codman Square Health Center (CSHC) will train and activate a corps of telehealth navigators toward the goal of integrating the telehealth experience into CSHC patient care model to provide a path to achieving better overall patient health. This initiative will help patients understand what to expect from a virtual visit, from check-in to follow-up. Telehealth navigators will help patients set up and understand how to access their online health information, access appointments, and communicate with their care team.

DeeDee's Cry Suicide Prevention and Family Support

Boston

In partnership with the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, DeeDee's Cry will work to develop a burial and resource guide for families impacted by suicide. The guide will create and support a more equitable and compassionate response to families impacted by suicide, especially low-income/working-class people of color.  The Suicide Loss Survivor's Healing Journey Guide will contain burial and planning funeral information, mental health resources, and local support groups. DeeDee's Cry and the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute will identify other organizations and local agencies to distribute this guide to families in need.

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

East Boston

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, in collaboration with the Chelsea Senior Center, will expand and sustain COVID food delivery services to include medications and pharmacy goods. Pairing medication and pharmacy goods with its food deliveries will benefit the individual health of the patients receiving necessary medications while also working to stop the community spread of COVID by allowing patients to stay at home.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ellie Fund

Statewide

Ellie Fund will increase access to clinical trials for high-risk cancer patients, who have low-income, and are people of color who would not otherwise have access to cutting-edge treatments. EF is partnering with leading researchers and oncologists to change the landscape of clinical trials, by addressing patient-facing barriers and ensuring they do not exclude low-income communities and people of color. EF will evaluate the success of these measures in increasing participation among patients of color and the ability of patients to adhere to and complete treatment because of EF services.

Essex County Community Organization

Lynn

Essex Country Community Organization will assist the BCBSMA Foundation staff in conducting a focus group to understand the needs, concerns, and challenges facing organizations of color and organizations working in communities of color.  The focus group will also help the Foundation identify potential solutions to change the systems, policies, and structures that perpetuate racial inequities in health in Massachusetts.

Family Health Center of Worcester

Worcester

Family Health Center of Worcester will develop a formal plan to install a telehealth console on the Community Builders property, increasing access to primary care and behavioral health services for households without access to the internet or technology in their home.

This grant is made in relationship to the Going Beyond Health Care grant program.

Family Services of the Merrimack Valley

Lawrence

Family Services of the Merrimack Valley will provide emotional health workshops, enhanced case management, and expanded crisis helpline services, and will facilitate community-wide emotional wellness resources. These services are designed to help residents access support services and provide them with skills to be resilient in the face of this ongoing crisis.

This grant was made in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Fathers’ Uplift

Dorchester

Fathers’ Uplift will purchase grocery store gift cards for families in need of food and other supplies, increasing the ability of fathers and families to adress mental health concerns by providing resources to lessen the stressors associated with their physical and financial health. Funding will also cover expenses associated with implementing remote counseling and therapy services.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gándara Center

Springfield

Gándara Center will support children, youth, families, and adults who are currently lacking services or underserved by the service delivery system by increasing their ability to receive high-quality outpatient services remotely.  The initiative will strengthen the telehealth infrastructure through the use of telehealth kiosks and will subsidize the purchase of data plans.

GreenRoots

Chelsea

GreenRoots will assist the BCBSMA Foundation staff in conducting a focus group to understand the needs, concerns, and challenges facing organizations of color and organizations working in communities of color.  The focus group will also help the Foundation identify potential solutions to change the systems, policies, and structures that perpetuate racial inequities in health in Massachusetts.

Health Imperatives

Brockton

Health Imperative will assist the BCBSMA Foundation staff in conducting a focus group to understand the needs, concerns, and challenges facing organizations of color and organizations working in communities of color.  The focus group will also help the Foundation identify potential solutions to change the systems, policies, and structures that perpetuate racial inequities in health in Massachusetts.

Heart of a Giant Foundation

Boston

The Heart of a Giant Foundation (HGF) will test a community-based, culturally responsive care model which will address the social determinants of health experienced by Black and marginalized families and individuals in the Dorchester and Mattapan areas, with the goal of managing and preventing hypertension outside the clinical setting. The program will provide comprehensive health care support, health education and coaching, and will incorporate digital health technologies and remote health monitoring. The one-year pilot will provide nursing and medical services, healthy behaviors and lifestyle supports, community engagement activities, and mental health services to support patients in their journey toward emotional wellbeing and health lifestyles in a holistic way.

Hilltown Community Health Center

Worthington

Hilltown Community Health Center will increase staff time for patient navigators and community health workers, along with obtaining Community Sustainable Agriculture shares for food insecure patients.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Immigrant Family Services

Roslindale

Immigrant Family Services Institutes will build a sustainable program to provide counseling and case management to community members experiencing social and emotional difficulties.  Through training and technical assistance,  service providers will be educated on Haitian mental health needs and stigmas and on best practices for promoting individual and community-wide mental health.

This grant was made in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Immigrants' Assistance Center

New Bedford

The Immigrants’ Assistance Center (IAC) will outreach to members of immigrant communities in order to support increased testing and vaccination at places of employment and community health centers, provide direct personalized education to Black and Brown immigrants in their native language, and broaden awareness in the immigrant community about how to stay safe and slow the spread of the disease. Through this initiative, IAC aims to serve as a trusted source of information to immigrant communities about the importance of vaccination and provide guidance and direct services for every step along the way, from testing to vaccine follow-up.  

La Alianza Hispana

Roxbury

La Alianza Hispana will support telehealth services for seniors through the Aliancianos Senior Center. It will also provide tiered telehealth services for families with children age 0-5 through their Madres y Niños program.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

La Colaborativa

Chelsea

La Colaborativa will expand the Chelsea Desea Sonar program to older teens who experience mental health triggers from the pandemic. Chelsea Desea Sonar (Chelsea Wants to Dream) is a mental health support program designed for newly arrived, unaccompanied, immigrant, and refugee children ages 9-13, teens, and their families and caregivers.  This project will address the cultural and societal barriers to mental health for youth of color and provide alternative mental wellness regarding the stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lowell Community Health Center

Lowell

Lowell Community Health Center will provide multi-cultural communication and outreach efforts with a focus on immigrant and communities of color and expand its capacity for medical interpretation to ensure that patients are referred to trusted partners to address identified health-related social needs.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

MAB Community Services/The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Boston

MABVI will pilot a partnership with The Dimock Center and New England College of Optometry (NECO) to increase access to low vision examinations and support services for patients with experiencing vision impairment who have low-income and are Black, Indigenous, and other people of color . The project will increase patient engagement with exams and comprehensive services resulting in patients being able to better manage activities of daily living and more fully adjust to living with vision loss.

Making Opportunity Count

Fitchburg

Making Opportunity Count will develop the Diversified Provider Pipeline Project for college graduate students who are Black or Hispanic enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Fitchburg State University.  This project will help students satisfy graduation requirements, increase the visibility of providers of color, and better support underrepresented communities who are often unable to find providers who look like them or share their cultural experiences.  This initiative will begin to increase the workforce diversity at MOC and maximize the quality of services offered by the organization.

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services

Vineyard Haven

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services will help meet a dramatic increase in client requests for emergency assistance for basic needs, such as rent, diapers, supplies, and other health-related social needs.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless

Lynn

Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless will continue to partner with Lynn Community Health Center to assist referred families with food and housing assistance and develop a short-and long-term plan for continuing to address their health-related social needs.  

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Massachusetts COVID-19 Maternal Equity Coalition - Fiscal Sponsor - Health Care for All

Boston/Statewide

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Maternal Equity Coalition will conduct a strategic planning process that aims to create and sustain a multi-sectoral, interdisciplinary, community-driven group devoted to improving the health outcomes of Black birthing people. The resulting report will provide recommendations for opportunities and best practices on how stakeholders can collaborate to build bridges across the silos in maternal health.

Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers

Statewide

MLCHC submitted this proposal on behalf of the Health Equity Compact. The Health Equity Compact is a group of Black and Latinx healthcare leaders with lived experience who seek to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable health outcomes by transforming care delivery and influencing health policy.

The Health Equity Compact will conduct 20-24 stakeholder interviews with leaders from state and municipal agencies, health care provider organizations, health insurers, employers, unions, and advocacy groups. These interviews will support the Compact to better understand these different stakeholders' current health equity-related interests and priorities, work, and desires for change at the state level. The interviews will also assess the reactions of these stakeholders to the policy proposals currently being formulated by the Compact. The Compact will then develop a report on stakeholder perspectives on the health equity policy proposals identified by the Health Equity Compact.

Multicultural AIDS Coalition

Roxbury

Multicultural AIDS Coalition will address the gap in culturally appropriate COVID-19 education, prevention, and support services in response to the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on communities of color and among immigrant communities.  These communities may also be experiencing trauma, domestic violence, racial discrimination, HIV status, along with health-related social needs.

This grant was made in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Neighborhood Birth Center – Fiscal Sponsor - Resist Inc.

Boston

Neighborhood Birth Center (NBC) will lead a community-centered design for Boston’s first birth center through a series of charrettes to engage the community in envisioning a safe space for pregnancy and birth care. This feedback and input will lead to designing materials (renderings, videos, website) that will enable NBC to translate the vision onto the physical space. Through this initiative to develop and build a new model for birth centers that explicitly interrupts structural racism and heteropatriarchy, NBC will expand relationships with community members.

Plummer Youth Promise

Boston

Plummer Youth Promise (PYP) will measure the impact of its evaluation practices to ensure that they incorporate dismantling injustices faced by marginalized populations. PYP will ensure that its evaluation practices collect demographic data in respectful ways, assess for discrimination-related trauma, document barriers to care, and report outcomes and identify other best practices.

Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts

Springfield

Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts will assist the BCBSMA Foundation staff in conducting a focus group to understand the needs, concerns, and challenges facing organizations of color and organizations working in communities of color.  The focus group will also help the Foundation identify potential solutions to change the systems, policies, and structures that perpetuate racial inequities in health in Massachusetts.

Quincy Asian Resources, Inc.

Quincy

Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. (QARI) In partnership with Walker Therapeutic and Educational Programs (Walker), will offer a series of fun educational group activities for middle and high school students in the Quincy Public Schools (QPS) and a set of educational workshops for their parents or caregivers. This new program called “Getting the Teens Out” (GTTO) is born out of QARI’s overarching strategy to bring together QARI's linguistic and cultural competence with Walker's mental health expertise to benefit teen immigrant clients.

Regional Environmental Council

Worcester

The Regional Environmental Council will bring fresh, local produce to the Community Builders properties and will develop a no/low contact mobile pre-order model to ensure safe and uninterrupted access to healthy foods. It will provide culturally and linguistically responsive training to increase access to food security resources including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the state’s Healthy Incentives Program (HIP).

This grant is made in relationship to the Going Beyond Health Care grant program.

Resilient Sisterhood Project

Boston

Resilient Sisterhood Project will assist the BCBSMA Foundation staff in conducting a focus group to understand the needs, concerns, and challenges facing organizations of color and organizations working in communities of color.  The focus group will also help the Foundation identify potential solutions to change the systems, policies, and structures that perpetuate racial inequities in health in Massachusetts.

Resilient Sisterhood Project

Boston

Resilient Sisterhood Project will create an evidenced-based protocol for health practitioners and community-based advocates to address the broad spectrum of reproductive health needs of formerly incarcerated Black women. This protocol will guide health care practitioners, community organizations, and formerly incarcerated women to ensure that women can access the reproductive medical services they need and mitigate the trauma of prison medical treatment.

Rian Immigrant Center

Boston

In collaboration with Health Law Advocates, the Rian Immigrant Center will launch a Medical-Legal Partnership for Immigrants (MLPI) with community health centers (CHCs) in order to increase the number of immigrants that can access urgently needed legal assistance to protect their interwoven health care and immigration rights. Rian and HLA will partner with medical providers (hospitals and CHCs) to identify and refer patients who need legal assistance from HLA and/or Rian to address health care access and/or immigration needs.

Rian Immigrant Center

Boston

The Rian Immigrant Center’s Wellness Program will expand its services to include a Spanish speaking case manager to increase its capacity to serve more Spanish speakers who need mental health supports. The case manager will also provide crisis intervention.

This grant was made in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Roca, Inc.

Chelsea

Roca, Inc. will transition its innovative approach to behavioral health for young adults so that interactive cognitive-behavioral theory (CBT) and educational training can be delivered virtually. It will also work to combine its skills in engagement, outreach, and CBT, with the more traditional skills of Community Health Workers and Therapeutic Mentors, to maximize the number of young people engaged and retained in appropriate levels of both non-clinical and clinical care. 

This grant was made in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Samaritans, Inc

Boston

Samaritans, Inc will upgrade their video conference and webinar capacities to conduct virtual workshops for youth and their caregivers. Samaritans will focus these workshops on individuals in communities experiencing health inequities who are particularly vulnerable during these challenging times.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Somali Parents Advocacy Center for Education Inc.

Boston

Somali Parents Advocacy Center for Education’s (SPACE) initiative will build resilience among Somali-American families and increase their understanding of the public health and health delivery system. SPACE will host workshops and conversations, training, and hands-on experiential learning about health, wellbeing, physical fitness, nutrition, preventive health care, and natural environmental physical supports.  These events will create a foundation to deepen culturally appropriate comprehension and advance new behaviors related to living a healthy lifestyle.

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

Hatfield

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, in partnership with Holyoke Community Health Center and other health care providers in Holyoke and Springfield, will screen and match food insecure community members with counseling, referrals, emergency food and other non-food resources to address the social determinants of health.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Joint Committee for Children’s Health Care in Everett

Everett

The Joint Committee for Children’s Health Care in Everett (JCCHCE) seeks to support new moms beyond the health insurance enrollment to ensure that they receive the help they need to navigate the complexities of parenthood. The pilot will support expectant/new moms, within each of the JCCHCE language groups--Portuguese, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and English. Each mom will be assigned to a staff member who will work to determine their needs to support a healthy environment for mom and young child.

THRIVE Communities of Massachusetts

Greater Lowell

THRIVE will develop a pilot to provide high-quality ongoing mental health service to THRIVE community members to address underlying trauma or long-term impacts of incarceration. THRIVE will partner with Lowell House to support individuals while still incarcerated and serve as a consistent point of contact when their detention is over to navigate community resources and services and help coordinate mental health care services.

Trinity Boston Connects

Boston

Trinity Boston Connects will provide clinical services for youth workers who experience cost barriers to accessing therapy and are experiencing a decline in mental health care access due to significant changes in their routine, family income, or from being unemployed due to the pandemic.

This grant was made in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Unity Teen Equality Center

Lowell

United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) will support the Circling Home pilot project, a new comprehensive behavioral health project for incarcerated and/or probation and parole-involved young adults (ages 18-25), extending from pre- to post-release without interruption in service or care provider. UTEC serves young people who have not succeeded in other shorter-term programming or who may have been underserved by the judicial system; many of their clients have active substance use issues or are diagnosed with a mental illness. By improving the continuum of care through the reentry process, UTEC expects to improve recidivism and health outcomes.

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Hampden County

This project has been developed by two Associate professors at UMASS Amherst and will be implemented in collaboration with the Ascentria Care Alliance, based in West Springfield.

This project will implement an evidence-based intervention to reduce stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms and improve coping skills, self-efficacy, social support, and family well-being among Ukrainian and Afghan refugees resettled in Hampden County. Reducing their mental health burden by promoting community strengths and utilizing culturally tailored support will help these refugees to adjust to their new environment and actively engage in the community and employment.

 

Volunteers in Medicine

Great Barrington

Volunteers In Medicine Berkshires will assist the BCBSMA Foundation staff in conducting a focus group to understand the needs, concerns, and challenges facing organizations of color and organizations working in communities of color.  The focus group will also help the Foundation identify potential solutions to change the systems, policies, and structures that perpetuate racial inequities in health in Massachusetts.

Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires

Berkshire

Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires (VIM) will articulate, evaluate, and promote its comprehensive healthcare approach to serve as a model in increasing access to quality care and eliminating structural racism and racial inequity in health for economically, socially, ethnically, and racially marginalized residents of the Commonwealth.  VIM believes that many elements of its care model help increase access and eliminate racism, and the Special Initiative grant will help the organization test this assumption.

We Are Better Together Warren Daniel Hairston Project

Boston

We Are Better Together Warren Daniel Hairston Project will provide comprehensive emotional and mental health services in a leadership development framework designed specifically for women who are the relatives and caregivers of perpetrators of community violence. This program will help support these women to contend with the realities of their grief and anger while providing support to their relatives - who are victims or incarcerated or about to re-enter society.

 

William James College

Newton

William James College will pilot the Behavioral Health Service Corps (BHSC) program that will engage 20-25 recent college graduates who wish to spend a year learning about and working in behavioral health organizations. BHSC scholars will become employees of behavioral health host organization in inpatient units, home-based services, residential treatment, and recovery centers, among others. A key focus of this project is to both diversify and grow the behavioral health workforce. 

YMCA of Metro North

Peabody

YMCA of Metro North will support the Lynn Youth Mental Health Collaborative, a partnership between the Lynn YMCA and Lynn Community Health Center. The partnership will include the following components: a Youth Mental Health Clinic; embedded Trauma-Informed Care practices in all Lynn YMCA Youth Programs; resource-sharing fairs to connect families to outside services; and a “Rx for the Y” providing parents with free Y memberships to increase physical activity.

This grant was made in response to COVID-19 pandemic

YWCA Central Massachusetts

Worcester

The YWCA Central Massachusetts will assist the BCBSMA Foundation staff in conducting a focus group to understand the needs, concerns, and challenges facing organizations of color and organizations working in communities of color.  The focus group will also help the Foundation identify potential solutions to change the systems, policies, and structures that perpetuate racial inequities in health in Massachusetts.