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Foundation Invests $1.2 Million in Area Organizations

The MetroWest Health Foundation announced the award of $1.2 million in new grants to 27 area organizations. These grants will support a variety of community projects aimed at improving health and health care in the region.

In this latest round of funding, the foundation is supporting four grants designed to help address the opioid epidemic, including a two-year, $141,704 grant to the South Middlesex Opportunity Council to develop a peer recovery support program that can help those who have survived an opioid overdose as they seek ongoing substance use treatment.  The foundation is also supporting the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center and the Massachusetts Medical Society as they develop resources to enhance medical provider education on the use of opioids.

Organizations receiving grants are: 

Advocates, Inc.                                                                                                
$74,268
To improve access to psychiatric services.

Appalachian Mountain Club                                                                      
$10,000
To support the Outdoors Rx Project.

BayPath Elder Services                                                                                 
$19,875
To support chronic disease management programs for older adults.

Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District                   
$5,776
To support school-based mental health services.

Bridge of Central Massachusetts                                                             
$20,000
To support implementation of a new electronic health record system.

Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center                               
$7,017
To support provider education on the prescribing of opioids.

Family Continuity                                                                                           
$65,040
To support school-based mental health services.

Family Promise MetroWest                                                                       
$19,965
To provide assistance to families that are homeless.

Framingham Police Athletic Association                                              
$5,000
To support the Framingham gun buyback project.

Framingham State University                                                                  
$9,100
To train counseling staff in the use of DBT - Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Health Care for All                                                                                         
$12,500
To further develop consumer health advocacy in the region.

Hoops & Homework, Inc.                                                                            
$10,000
To further train staff on health, safety and wellness procedures.

Hopkinton Youth & Family Services                                                       
$12,247
To create a regional youth summit on substance use prevention.

Marlborough Public Schools                                                                      
$108,100
To continue the mental health transition program at the Whitcomb School.

Massachusetts Medical Society                                                               
$10,000
Translation and dissemination of physician and patient factsheets on opioids.

Metropolitan Area Planning Council                                                      
$20,000
To support age-friendly community planning in the Town of Framingham

MetroWest Free Medical Program                                                          
$20,000
To support health and nutrition education.

MetroWest Legal Services                                                                          
$38,260
To support a medical-legal partnership with the Kennedy Health Center in Framingham.

MetroWest Regional Transit Authority                                                 
$20,000
To equip paratransit vehicles with AEDs - Automatic External Defibrillators.

Natick Public Schools                                                                                    
$20,000
To improve understanding and support of the school’s LGBTQ community.

Natick Service Council                                                                                  
$20,000
To offer healthy/active living skills training for youth.

Natick Service Council                                                                                  
$25,000
To make needed improvements to the organization’s food pantry.           

Natick Visiting Nurse Association                                                            
$261,891
To provide prescription drug assistance to the uninsured and underinsured in the MetroWest area.

Needham Health Department                                                                  
$20,000
To support age-friendly community planning in the Town of Needham

Needham Public Schools                                                                             
$7,400
To train school personnel on the use of SBIRT – Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment

Northborough/Southborough Public Schools                                     
$218,020
To implement a school-based mental health transition program.

RIA House Inc.                                                                                                  
$1,750
To further train staff in intervention techniques

South Middlesex Opportunity Council                                                 
$141,704
To provide peer recovery coaching to address the opioid epidemic.



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