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AG Announces $3M in Health Grants

January 9, 2019
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BOSTON -- Attorney General Maura Healey announced nearly $3 million in funding under a new grant program focused on addressing the social determinants of health, including nutrition, safe housing, violence prevention, and substance use, all of which impact the health of individuals, families and communities.

Fitchburg’s LUK Crisis Center Inc. was one of the social service organizations that received a portion of the grant funding.

“LUK Inc. is honored to receive funding from the Attorney General’s Office to support our Intensive Family Navigation program,” said Beth Barto, CEO of LUK Inc. “This program in partnership with UMass Memorial Health Alliance-Clinton Hospital creates community-clinical linkages by providing rapid response and increased access to address the needs of those with substance use disorders, including opioid addiction, and their families. The program helps stabilize the family system, reduce/eliminate substance use, and increase social supports. The agency is extremely thankful for the commonwealth’s support for this programming.”

LUK Crisis Center Inc. in partnership with UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital. This partnership will support families as they cope with addiction through family-centered approaches that address prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery from substance use and opioid addiction.

“As a state and as a country, we continue to spend most of our health care dollars treating people who are already sick, rather than investing to keep people healthy,” said Healey. “These grants will support new partnerships to improve nutrition, housing, and other social determinants to protect the health of every Massachusetts resident.”

Healey’s Social Determinants Partnership program is also providing grants to promote health equity across Massachusetts to 12 other partnerships made up of health care providers, social service organizations, and municipal government agencies.

The Social Determinants Partnership grants are funded by recent settlements reached by the AG’s Health Care Division.

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