Baystate Health funds $1 million to improve public education and engagement

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Baystate Health has awarded $1 million in grants to organizations that will educate the workforce and engage the community.

According to Baystate Heath, the Better Together Scholarships are part of Baystate Health’s community benefit programs it aimed to improve public health, increase access to health care, and advance medical knowledge, while improving quality of life.

The approved initiatives were proposals presented by the organizations in January. Each hospital’s Community Advisory Benefits Council (CBAC) chose a specific social determinant of health priority to focus funding.

Baystate Franklin Medical Center chose to focus on the social environment, proposals needed to improve people’s participation in policy making, and project design for priority populations.

  • $150,000: Montague Catholic Social Ministries in partnership with The Brick House Community Resource Center
  • $150,000: Western Massachusetts Training Consortium in partnership with Bridge Program community organizations: The Recover Project, The Salasin Project, and The Wildflower Alliance
    • Integrated Networks for Health in an Ideal World

Baystate Medical Center and Baystate Wing Hospital funded projects in the region focused on education and seeking to improve workforce development and focusing on career preparation for youth and young adults. Baystate Noble Hospital sought proposals that would advance equity and anti-racism issues within the institutions and at the community level, but did not receive any proposal submissions in the last cycle. A revised Request for Proposals process is scheduled to take place in the fall of 2022 for Baystate Noble Hospital.

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