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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.                                                                                                
To improve access to psychiatric services.

Appalachian Mountain Club                                                                      
To support the Outdoors Rx Project.

BayPath Elder Services                                                                                 
To support chronic disease management programs for older adults.

Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District                   
To support school-based mental health services.

Bridge of Central Massachusetts                                                             
To support implementation of a new electronic health record system.

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

Family Continuity                                                                                           
To support school-based mental health services.

Family Promise MetroWest                                                                       
To provide assistance to families that are homeless.

Framingham Police Athletic Association                                              
To support the Framingham gun buyback project.

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

Health Care for All                                                                                         
To further develop consumer health advocacy in the region.

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

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

Marlborough Public Schools                                                                      
To continue the mental health transition program at the Whitcomb School.

Massachusetts Medical Society                                                               
Translation and dissemination of physician and patient factsheets on opioids.

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

MetroWest Free Medical Program                                                          
To support health and nutrition education.

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

MetroWest Regional Transit Authority                                                 
To equip paratransit vehicles with AEDs - Automatic External Defibrillators.

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

Natick Service Council                                                                                  
To offer healthy/active living skills training for youth.

Natick Service Council                                                                                  
To make needed improvements to the organization’s food pantry.           

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

Needham Health Department                                                                  
To support age-friendly community planning in the Town of Needham

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

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

RIA House Inc.                                                                                                  
To further train staff in intervention techniques

South Middlesex Opportunity Council                                                 
To provide peer recovery coaching to address the opioid epidemic.

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