Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton is offering community health grants in amounts ranging from $500 up to $2,000 to local service agencies, non-profit organizations, boards of health, coalitions and community groups to address specific public health needs outlined in the hospital’s 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment.
During the last seven years, BID-Milton has distributed more than $40,000 in community health grants to 35 local organizations. Last year the hospital provided grants to five organizations, including Let it Out, Quincy; South Shore YMCA’s Germantown Neighborhood Center, Quincy; Girl Power, Milton; Old Colony Hospice, Randolph and Joanna’s Place, Weymouth.
Applicants for the grants should submit proposals which use proven or promising practices that address at least one of the hospital’s community health priorities:
- Health Risk Factors – This includes health awareness, education, prevention and screening activities that can reduce health risks and improve the community’s overall health. Examples of prevention activities could include increasing access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity as well as reducing tobacco use;
- Physical/Chronic Disease Management and Prevention – There are a broad range of chronic and infectious diseases prevalent in BID-Milton’s service area, including heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and cancer. Examples of appropriate programs include improving chronic disease management, continuing chronic disease screenings or increasing provider capacity;
- Behavioral Health – The burden of mental illness and substance abuse is substantial, and hospitalization rates for these conditions are higher in many of the hospital’s service area towns/cities when compared to the rest of the state. Examples of program goals could include increasing awareness of behavioral health issues, reducing the burden of opioid use, increasing awareness of hoarding and increasing crisis management within the community;
- Healthy Aging – Older adults are much more likely to develop chronic illnesses and related disabilities. BID-Milton has identified improving the quality of life for older adults as a community health priority. Examples of programs due funding consideration might include education on falls prevention, reducing the isolation of older adults as well as supporting older adults and caregivers to age in place.
Applications must be for programs in BID-Milton’s market area of Milton, Randolph, Quincy, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Canton, Braintree or Weymouth, and are due Friday, April 28 at 5 pm.
For more information call Robert McCrystal, director of communications, at 617-313-1590.