GLHA Grants Benefit Local Public-health Services
LOWELL -- The Greater Lowell Health Alliance of Community Health Network Area 10 has awarded 11 grants totaling $185,000 to community-based organizations working to meet the public-health needs of the region.
Executive Director Kerrie D’Entremont announced the grants earlier this fall during the agency’s annual meeting.
“As an organization solely dedicated to improving the quality of health in the communities we serve, we are pleased to get critically needed funds into the hands of the front-line organizations that make such a difference in our communities’ health,” she said.
The GLHA is primarily funded by Lowell General Hospital, and it was through the hospital’s Determination of Needs process for its recent campus expansion that approximately $5 million was allocated to the GLHA for the grants. This process through the Department of Public Health secures that hospitals are providing a measurable community benefit to the communities they serve.
The GLHA works closely with health-care providers, business leaders, educators, and civic and community leaders to help Greater Lowell address its health and wellness priorities as a common goal.
The grants were awarded around health priorities and programs that met the specific areas of focus identified by the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) process, a long-term, systematic effort to address public-health problems in a community.
Awarded grants were:
* The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell; $10,000; for their Emotional CPR (eCPR Training) project, which is a program that teaches people how to assist others through an emotional crisis.
* Clarendon Early Education Services; $13,750; for a Farm to Table Educational Program for Family Childcare Educators
to implement home-based Farm to Table activities, while providing resources related to nutrition and food access.
* Eliot Community Human Services/The NAN Project; $15,000; for bringing awareness to mental health and suicide prevention with programming to young adults in the Greater Lowell Area.
* Greater Lowell Technical High School; $19,000; for the Resilience in Student Effort Program. The RISE program was designed to help and assist students who are returning to school following a mental-health hospitalization in a transitional classroom.
* Lowell Community Health Center; $30,000; for training frontline workers to improve the health of our community. The Training Frontline Health Workers project will train frontline health workers to address significant social determinants of health.
* Lowell House Addiction Treatment and Recovery; $34,250; for family resource coaching. The grant will fund a family resource coaching position for a program for loved ones of people in recovery.
* Merrimack Valley Food Bank; $5,000; for Operation Nourish, a children’s feeding program in which the Food Bank partners with 15 Lowell Public Schools and Middlesex Community College.
* Middlesex Community College Law Center; $5,000; for fostering healthy behavior through mediation in Lowell Juvenile Court.
* Mill City Grows; $20,000; for Local Foods, Greener Meals Intiative. The vision of the project is to combine food access points at mobile markets with educational opportunities and incentive programs to increase access for low-income households.
* Tewksbury Police Department; $10,000; for Bridge/JPD Pilot Transportation Initiative. The pilot regional program will enhance dual-diagnosis and substance use disorder wraparound services in six communities by transporting people who have no access to affordable transportation.
* University of Massachusetts Lowell; $23,000; for Age-Friendly Lowell: A Planning Grant. The aging population in the Lowell community is a high-risk and vulnerable group,and the purpose of this project is to build capacity and momentum to conduct an age-friendly initiative in the city of Lowell.