Fallon Health funds ten community-based programs

Grants awarded to programs that support four areas of focus: “at-risk” youth; improved access to nutrition and/or physical activity; health and social services for seniors; individuals with behavioral/mental health issues

Worcester, Mass., December 29, 2014 ― Fallon Health continues its commitment to making our communities healthy by working with community partners throughout Massachusetts to ensure that families and communities have access to the resources they need. Once again, Fallon’s Community Benefits Grants Program funds new or existing innovative, not-for-profit, community-based programs throughout the state.

This year, Fallon distributed grants to ten organizations. Recipients were chosen based on four areas of focus as identified by Fallon’s Needs Assessment Committee.

2014 Community Benefits Grant Winners:

Programs that promote opportunities for “at-risk”/”proven risk” youth and young adults between the ages of 12 to 21.

  • Bottom Line, Worcester:  A grant of $15,000 to help low-income first-generation students get into college, graduate from college and go far in life by providing one-on-one guidance spanning admissions to graduation

  • Springfield Boys & Girls Club: A grant of $10,000 for the Teen Enrichment Program to offer education, career and vocational training to inner city teens

  • Worcester Youth Center: A grant of $10,000 to support the Extended Safe and Secure Youth Program. This program prepares youth, ages 14 – 24, for employment, further education, military or other career training

Programs that improve access to good nutrition and/or promote physical activity.

  • Mill City Grows c/o YWCA of Lowell:  A grant of $20,000 to support its Urban Food Access Program so that Lowell residents will have access to increased community gardens, fresh produce and knowledge and proficiency in food production, food preparation and nutrition

  • Providence Ministries for the Needy (Greater Holyoke):  A grant of $20,000 for Foodworks@Kate’s Kitchen, which works to break the cycle of poverty and hopelessness through culinary skill development, social enterprise and by creating pathways to permanent, livable wage employment for program participants

  • Springfield Day Nursery, Corp. dba Square One: A $25,000 grant to support LAUNCH Healthy Living for Disadvantaged Children to engage children from kindergarten to grade five in fitness, nutrition education and other activities to increase their knowledge of healthy living habits, and to engage their parents/caregivers as well

Programs that focus on preventive health and social services for seniors

  • Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services (Greater Lawrence): A grant of $10,000 for its Tranquility Project to expand programs offered to residents and program participants challenged by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias

Programs that provide services to support individuals with behavioral and/or mental health issues with specific emphasis on addressing the needs of the most vulnerable group by their ethnicity, age, demographics and risk-factors

  • Abby Kelly Foster House Inc.: A grant of $5,000 for its Advocacy Program Services which provides homeless, battered and low-income women with the resources, information and support to get their lives back on track

  • Dismas House (Worcester and surrounding towns): A grant of $10,000 for BAR None, a program designed to remove the barriers between ex-offenders and successful reentry into society

  • Steppingstone Inc. (Greater Fall River):  A grant of $14,000 for Behavioral Health Care for the Homeless, which helps to improve ability to manage symptoms of mental illness and/or substance abuse; decrease hospitalizations; improve social functioning; increase employment or engagement in vocational/educational programs; and increase housing stability

“Our Community Benefits Grant Program is one of the ways Fallon works with community partners to create positive health outcomes and sustainable change,” said Christine Cassidy, Chief Communications Officer at Fallon Health. “We feel very fortunate to collaborate with like-minded organizations that are also committed to improving the health and well-being of the communities we serve. As always, we welcome discussions on how Fallon can continue to be a resource and make a meaningful impact in the new year.”

Carrie Wattu

About Fallon Health
Founded in 1977, Fallon Health is a leading, non-profit health care services organization that supports the diverse and changing needs of those it serves. In addition to providing innovative health insurance solutions and a variety of Medicaid and Medicare products, Fallon excels in unique health care programs and services that coordinate care for seniors and individuals with complex health needs. Fallon has consistently ranked among the nation’s top health plans, and is the only health plan in Massachusetts to have been awarded “Excellent” Accreditation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for its HMO, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid products.