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 community engagement.

According to Baystate Heath, Better Together grants are part of the Baystate Health program community benefit programs aimed at improving public health, increasing access to health care and advancing medical knowledge, while improving the quality of life.

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

Baystate Franklin Medical Center chose to target the social environment, the proposals needed to strengthen people’s engagement in policy development 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 have funded projects in the region that focus on education and seek to improve workforce development and focus on career readiness for youth and young adults . Baystate Noble Hospital sought proposals that would advance equity and anti-racism issues within institutions and at the community level, but received no proposal submissions in the last cycle. A revised RFP process is expected to take place in fall 2022 for Baystate Noble Hospital.

  • $250,000: The Care Center in partnership with Greenfield Technical Community College
  • $250,000: Westfield State University in partnership with Springfield Technical Community College
    1. Promote the development of a diverse, entrepreneurial and innovative nursing workforce:
  • $250,000: Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation in partnership with the Town of Ware
    1. Engage young people in employment education

“Baystate Health is proud to invest funding for our Determination of Needs (DoN) Community Health Initiative (CHI) in the communities served by our four hospitals. It is an honor to partner with these very deserving local nonprofit organizations over the next three years,” said Annamarie Golden, Director of Community Relations for Baystate Health.

“Baystate’s Community Benefits Program, in partnership with our Community Benefits Advisory Boards (CBAC) and grant review teams, is making investments through Better Together grants that will have lasting and meaningful impacts on health outcomes, health equity and social determinants of health throughout the Pioneer Valley,” said Golden.