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Community Health Improvement Planning (CHIP) Grantees

Town of Ware See on mapVisit site

Working Together for a Healthier Quaboag Hills Region

The Town of Ware is implementing a multi-sector partnership comprised of individuals with lived experience, community agencies/service providers, and a cluster of municipalities to plan and conduct a CHIP process in the Quaboag Hills region of central and western Massachusetts, spanning 17 municipalities in three counties. The purpose is to provide data that reflect this unique region comprised of outlying communities in three counties. The CHIP process and data will better describe the needs of the Quaboag region.

Town of Randolph (Metropolitan Area Planning Council)See on mapVisit site

Randolph Community Wellness Plan Implementation

Randolph Health Department and Planning Departments are partnering with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council to implement the Randolph Community Wellness which is focused on social, built and environmental determinants of Health. The implementation work will also include sustaining the plan’s Steering Committee, facilitation and actions by a set of working groups, monitoring and evaluation of implementation tasks, and ongoing engagement with town residents and community-based organizations. 

Pioneer Valley Planning CommissionSee on mapVisit site

Hampden County Health Improvement Plan Engagement & Implementation

PVPC, in collaboration with the Public Health Institute of Western MA and the Hampden County Health Improvement Network is advancing implementation of the Hampden CHIP including building capacity and involvement of CHIP membership and engaging people with lived experiencing in the CHIP.     ​

Franklin Regional Council of Governments See on mapVisit site

Franklin County/North Quabbin Community Health Improvement Plan Network  ​

FRCOG is facilitating a broad Community Health Improvement Plan Network in the 30-town Franklin County and North Quabbin region. CHIP infrastructure includes convening a Steering Committee and working groups which will guide the CHIP 2.0 spanning 2021-2023. 

Community Health Network of North Central Mass – CHNA 9​ (Montachusett Home Care Corporation)Visit site

North Central Mass CHIP 2025: Planning for Sustained Growth

CHNA 9 is in the process of planning its next CHIP to begin in 2021.  The coalition will undergo sustainability and infrastructure planning to support the CHIP, in addition to developing a communication plan, community engagement strategies, fundraising/development strategies, a policy and legislative action plan, and CHIP leadership development. 

Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester (YWCA of Worcester)  ​See on mapVisit site

Centering Worcester’s CHIP Process in Communities with Lived Experience

The 2016 CHIP is entering its final implementation year and partners, funders, and stakeholders are looking toward what’s next for health improvement in the greater Worcester Region. As the 2016 CHIP sunsets and data on final outcomes are coalesced to be shared with the community, a concurrent process is planned to release the next CHIP by fall of 2020. We will center community leadership and engagement throughout all planning and implementation stages of this work. 

City of New Bedford Health Department See on mapVisit site

Health Equity for All Throughout New Bedford (HEALTH NB)

The City of New Bedford Health Department is building a diverse and equitable collaborative with the purpose of closely examining the city’s Community Health Improvement Plan to ensure all populations are represented in an equitable manner. Through the review of archival and actively collected data the collaborative will be working to create a report of recommendations and action steps to improve the CHIP. 

Cambridge Public Health Department  See on mapVisit site

Cambridge Community Health Improvement Plan – Strengthening Community Engagement and Evaluation ​

In 2015, CPHD published its first CHIP as part of the accreditation process and officially became a nationally accredited public health department in 2018. CPHD is currently completing the final year of its first CHIP and developing its second CHIP. Through this grant, CPHD will further strengthen community engagement; data development, collection, and analysis; and evaluation during the lifecycle of the CHIP, with an emphasis on racial equity indicators. 

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission​See on mapVisit site

County Health Initiative (CHI) Community Health Improvement Planning

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission acts as the backbone organization for this County Health Initiative which is conducting a CHIP process for the 32 municipalities in Berkshire County. The initiative will organize and engage partners in visioning and collecting data, identifying and prioritizing strategies, and implementing these strategies. 

Healthy Aging Grantees

Vietnamese American Initiative for Development, Inc. – VietAIDSee on mapVisit site

VietAID is working to strengthen their existing older adult program to include more comprehensive services and to expand existing advocacy/organizing efforts. Specifically, the VietAID is 1) surveying and engaging current participants on issues they care about; 2) connecting with partners/allies to develop workshops and identify opportunities for engagement; and 3) training current staff and volunteers on advocacy best practices. 

Valley Neighbors​See on mapVisit site

Valley Neighbors is working to reshape and enhance the resource thin senior support system in their rural communities through a neighbors helping neighbors model, advocacy, and community education.

Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts​See on mapVisit site

Age-Friendly Fair Housing and CORIs Health Impact Assessment

The Public Health Institute of Western MA is conducting a health impact assessment to identify and implement key policy, systems-level action steps towards alleviating the burden and impact of CORI on older adults seeking to access affordable housing in Hampden County. PHIWM will facilitate health equity-focused conversations between policymakers and older adults who are directly impacted by these issues.

Montachusett Regional Planning Commission​See on mapVisit site

Montachusett Age-Friendly Project

Montachusett Regional Planning Commission is working to achieve age-friendly designation and create a more livable Montachusett region for residents of all ages. The RPC is assisting communities in long-range plans including identifying barriers for seniors and disabled residents, analysis of needs, and development of action plans with a baseline assessment of age friendliness and indicators to help monitor progress. 

Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative (Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley)See on mapVisit site

Advancing Inclusive Age-Friendly Communities

The MA Healthy Aging Collaborative is creating and disseminating a “Healthy Aging for All Guide” that promotes inclusive age- and dementia-friendly practices and that can be adapted to fit specific goals of different communities, with an overarching goal to encourage culture change that leads to communities more thoroughly considering the preferences, needs, and experiences of all people. 

MAB Community Services, Inc. / MA Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired – MABVISee on mapVisit site

Raise Awareness and Create More Accessible Age-Friendly Communities

MA Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) is integrating low vision awareness, vision rehabilitation, and accessibility into Age-Friendly planning across the state. This project will improve access to services and awareness of needs for this underserved population. MABVI will work with partners to identify solutions to equity and access barriers, provide tools for the field, and disseminate best-practices―strategies which have applicability for all older adults.

LifePath​See on mapVisit site

Healthy Aging for All: Supporting Older Adult Networks to Build Age-Friendly Systems and Policy

LifePath will support existing networks of older people, professionals, and community members who care about healthy aging to build capacity to tackle major barriers around housing, transportation, social isolation, and access to services in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region. 

Hilltown Community Development CorporationSee on mapVisit site

Hilltown Healthy Aging

Hilltown Community Development Corporation is addressing barriers to safe walkability in the Hilltowns through activities including: policies that ensure each town’s Select Board has new tools and information necessary to update bylaws to improve walkable town centers; system change so that each town has the information and resources necessary to work with MassDOT on the unique needs of their town centers; and environmental changes based on specific physical improvements identified in a walk audit to improve town centers’ walkability. Due to COVID-19, we anticipate engaging residents through social media and video conferencing. Healthy aging activities will prioritize life with COVID-19 in relation to healthy living and community involvement.  

Cape Ann Mass in Motion (City of Gloucester)See on mapVisit site

Cape Ann Seniors on the GO

Cape Ann Mass in Motion is working collaboratively with the regional transit authority provider (CATA), Councils on Aging, and regional housing authorities to enact long-term policy and environmental change to the senior housing climate on Cape Ann through systemic change in the way residents access healthy food, physical fitness, and opportunities for social inclusion. 

Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change (PSE)

Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts ​Education Fund and Massachusetts Public Health AssociationSee on mapVisit site

Organizing for Transportation Justice & Stable Neighborhoods in Worcester and Springfield

Neighbor to Neighbor MA Education Fund, in partnership with the MA Public Health Association, is working to create an alliance of organizations in Worcester and Springfield to identify and advance local and state policies to increase access to reliable, affordable transportation and stable, affordable housing for people of color and low-income people. The activities begin with a yearlong community engagement process and focus on achieving better transit, cleaner air, stable housing, and ‘more power’ to grow community advocacy in Central and Western Massachusetts.

Men of Color Health Awareness — MOCHA ​ (YMCA of Greater Springfield)See on mapVisit site

Disrupting Systemic Structural Racism

MOCHA is ramping up five new major action arenas: (1) the formation of Affinity Groups, composed of MOCHA graduates, each of which will focus on one specific PSE issue; (2) capacity building for indigenous leadership through trainings on community organizing and policy advocacy; (3) the implementation of a community needs assessment survey in majority minority neighborhoods; (4) partnering with white allies to address the “empathy gap” by opening dialogues with predominantly white civic organizations; and (5) the conduct of both process and outcome evaluations.

Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance ​- MHSAVisit site

A Place to Live
MHSA is working with regional entities to create affordable housing with health care supports for disabled persons in need of housing. Activities are designed to engage municipalities, community-based non-profits, advocates, health organizations, state agencies, housing developers, architects, and homeless service providers for the purpose of developing and utilizing modular construction or other efficient and effective models of accessible housing. 

Lawrence CommunityWorks ​See on mapVisit site

DyeWorks: A Hub for Family Health & Mobility
Lawrence CommunityWorks and partners are addressing housing instability and barriers to healthy living for low-income, primarily Latinx residents of Lawrence. The development of the new building will include affordable housing units, a grocery store, pharmacy, health center, and more, creating a “community anchor” and “healthy living hub” for residents which will ultimately address health outcomes in Lawrence including chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and asthma. 

Health Care for All​Visit site

Increasing Affordable Housing in Massachusetts Through Health Insurer Risk-Based Capital Reserves
HCFA aims to help address housing stability and homelessness, and the underlying unequal distribution of resources in Massachusetts, by launching a campaign to engage health insurers in impact investing to generate more resources for affordable housing statewide. 

Harborlight Community Partners See on mapVisit site

From the Inside Out: Igniting Transformative Change in Racial and Economic Access to Affordable Housing in Essex County
Harborlight Community Partners (HCP) seeks to create transformative, systemic change, ultimately leading to affordable housing creation and more inclusive and equitable communities on the North Shore.  HCP will do this through the creation of a community education and advocacy initiative focused on affordable housing needs, opportunities, and challenges, as well as the policies that perpetuate these challenges within the region. HCP will unite stakeholders, local influencers, elected officials, and others to learn more about the housing challenges in the area.

Franklin Regional Council of Governments ​See on mapVisit site

Policy and System Change for Rural Housing Access
The project partners, as members of the Franklin County/North Quabbin CHIP Network, are implementing a multi-sectoral approach to change policies, systems, and environmental factors that are barriers to individuals with a history of incarceration and/or substance use disorder, and whom experience serious structural challenges in finding affordable housing in a rural region. Partners include CHAPA, Community Legal Aid, Franklin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Franklin Regional Council of Governments. 

Franklin County Community Development CorporationSee on mapVisit site

Increase and Support Workplace Diversity to Overcome Health Inequities in Franklin County/North Quabbin
The Franklin County CDC, along with several other regional organizations and businesses, is examining workplace culture in the region to identify ways in which it perpetuates bias, institutionalized racism, white dominant culture and institutionalized barriers to health equity. Activities to create cultural and systemic changes operate at the leadership, workplace, and community level. 

Everett Community Growers ​(La Comunidad, Inc.)See on mapVisit site

From planning to implementation: Commercial urban agriculture to lift up our green economy
Everett Community Growers, in partnership with La Comunidad, Inc. and Cambridge Health Alliance, is (1) supporting the establishment of a Food Policy Council as the leading coalition for implementing the Everett Community Food Assessment & Plan; (2) developing and enacting a comprehensive urban agriculture policy; and (3) transitioning the Northern Strand Community Farm from a farm-to-pantry model to a farm-to-retail model.

Communities that Care Coalition (Franklin Regional Council of Governments)See on mapVisit site

Addressing Racial Justice in Schools
The Communities That Care Coalition, is reviewing, assessing, sharing, prioritizing and implementing best practices in advancing racial justice in schools to improve the educational and social environment for students of color and addressing racism and structural and institutional barriers to health equity in Franklin County and North Quabbin. They seek to make policy, system and environmental changes to improve school climate, racial justice, and racial equity in the 10 public school districts in the region. 

Collaborative for Educational Services See on mapVisit site

Redesigning power structures to promote community-based leadership
Redesigning Power Structures will intervene at the level of governance or decision-making in institutions to craft more inclusive structures that eagerly welcome people most impacted by health inequities to be involved in governance decisions that directly affect their lives. Working in partnership with municipalities, agencies and community residents, the program will include grassroots leadership development as well as organizational transformation to work towards a shared power model. 

Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association ​- CHAPAVisit site

CHAPA’s Municipal Engagement Initiative
CHAPA is expanding and enhancing a Municipal Engagement Initiative (MEI), an effort that brings together community members and municipal leaders focused on working with residents to support their efforts to increase housing production, affordable housing opportunities and availability of diverse housing options. 

Berkshire Regional Planning CommissionSee on mapVisit site

Grey to Green: Increasing Health Equity in Pittsfield, MA by Prioritizing Green Planning in Social and Racial Justice Contexts
BRPC is partnering with the community members of the Westside and Morningside neighborhoods, the City of Pittsfield, 18 Degrees (formerly known as Berkshire Children and Families), and Habitat for Humanity to lead an environmental justice initiative focused on green development. They will be establishing a working group to conduct an environmental scan of existing community assets and develop recommendations with the City for prioritized projects to increase walkability and access to green spaces within the Westside and Morningside neighborhoods.

All Farmers (Community Involved In Sustaining Agriculture)See on mapVisit site

Immigrant Farms for Holistic Community Health
All Farmers with CISA is securing farmland for refugee and immigrant farmers in the Greater Springfield area. Refugee and immigrant farmers are valuable to the health of their communities but have been limited by unstable and inadequate land access. By ensuring continued and affordable access to farmland, this project ensures continued access to cultural produce and healing community spaces for local refugee and immigrant communities.

Cohort 2 (2022) Awardees

Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change (PSE) Awardees

Asian Women for Health
Workforce Development Job Training Program to Promote More Asian and Minority CHWs
Asian Women for Health will launch a workforce development program to recruit, train and find jobs for Asian and other people of color as community health workers, peer specialists, patient navigators, and wellness coaches. This initiative aims to remove barriers to healthcare services by diversifying the healthcare industry and uplifting marginalized populations. 

Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham
LGBTQIA2S+ Mental Health Initiative
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield will launch a multifaceted LGBTQIA2S+ Mental Health Initiative. This initiative will include but is not limited to: 

  • Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) focused on LGBTQIA2S+ youth in our service region. This will be open to the general public, not just our members. 
  • Investment in LGBTQIA2S+ staff and trainings related to affirming care, intersectionality, etc. with invitations to community leaders such as police, teachers, health officials, among others to join in the trainings. 
  • Creation of a safe space(s) for LGBTQIA2S+ youth at our new teen center and advocacy/creation of more safe spaces in other buildings in our service region including at partner organizations. 
  • Launching of mentor program where we partner LGBTQIA2S+ youth with adults who have similar lived experiences. Like our SBIRT efforts, this will be open to all youth, not just our members. 
  • Produce campaign materials focusing on improving acceptance and generating allies in our service region. 

Centro de Ayuda y Esperanza Latina, Inc.
New Bedford Behavioral Health Training and Fellowship Program
The New Bedford Behavioral Health Training and Fellowship Program aims to increase the number of qualified bilingual and bicultural preventionists and peer recovery workers employed in the Greater New Bedford area. This program will offer free trainings, mentorship, and a select number of paid fellowships for real-life experience working with local agencies. This project is highly focused on quality community engagement, community empowerment, and building strong quality partnerships with organizations at the local, state, and national levels.

Community Development Partnership
Lower Cape Community Housing Partnership
The CDP’s Lower Cape Community Housing Partnership addresses housing insecurity in our region by equipping residents, business owners, community leaders and local officials with the knowledge and skills needed to support the creation of more homes in the eight towns of the Lower Cape. With this funding we are expanding the community organizing component of the program to support systems change around land use policies in order to increase housing production. 

Advancing Massachusetts School Districts toward Increased Child Access to Food Education and Nourishing School Meals 
FoodCorps will invest in multi-year school district partnerships in Lowell, Springfield, New Bedford, Chelsea, and Holyoke, and co-create food education and school nutrition goals informed by the district and the needs of its community. FoodCorps will recruit, train, place, and support 20 AmeriCorps service members who will serve across the five districts each academic year. FoodCorps’ menu of specific activities that service members are trained and resourced to deliver will be used to inform the site’s annual plan for each service membertailored to meet local needs. FoodCorps’ will gather and amplify evidence from on-the-ground success in order to build a case for permanent state funding to reach all districts across the state in co-leadership role within the Massachusetts Food for Massachusetts Kids Coalition

Health Imperatives, Inc.
Pathways to Power: Economic Empowerment for Survivors of Trauma and Violence 
Health Imperatives Pathways to Power is a new, survivor-informed, innovative economic empowerment program that will be offered to residents of the agency’s emergency domestic violence shelter and comprehensive supportive housing program for victims and survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.  Pathways to Power will include a series of career development workshops, one-on-one career coaching and mentorship by survivors, paid internships at Health Imperatives and paid externships with other local employers.  Health Imperatives will then develop and implement a new regional strategy that will transform and expand workforce development resources for those who have not been afforded meaningful, sustainable opportunities.  

HEAL Coalition
HEAL Hope, Empower, Access, Live
HEAL stands for Hope, Empower, Access, and Live and is a Coalition with 100+ members multi sector, and multi-generational partnerships governed by a steering committee composed of 11 local organizations, 10 residents, and 10 youth leaders. HEAL promotes social inclusion, equitable healthy food access, and economic empowerment. The Community Health PSE project will focus on disrupting the racial and power inequities that exist in Gardner and Winchendon. HEAL will facilitate a participatory process where affected youth, low-wealth, and BIPOC residents work with municipal and institutional powerholders to lead and benefit from policy, system, and environmental transformations that prioritize racial equity, and inclusion. 

Housing Navigator Massachusetts, Inc.
Community Engagement for Informing and Increasing Impact 
Housing instability is a root cause of inequitable health outcomes; housing stability has well-documented positive effects for health and mental well-being. Fair and equitable access to affordable housing is central to a future in which a person’s race, ethnicity, or gender no longer predicts their health outcomes. Housing Navigator Massachusetts is a direct response to improve affordable housing systems and policies. Our mission is connecting people with places to call home. Our work consolidates and streamlines housing information in our free, 24/7 housing search tool, furthering equity by making information clear and accessible to renters. This funding will allow us to build staff capacity in order to engage more fully with the communities we serve, at both programmatic and systemic levels. First and foremost, it will allow us to improve the Navigator resource based on renters’ self-reported needs. We will add features and resources to improve the user experience. Feedback will also help identify and prioritize our approach to systems change.

Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations
Housing Quality and Health (HQH) Equity Initiative: Addressing Racial Health Inequities Caused by Poor Quality Housing 
MACDC’s Housing Quality and Health (HQH) Equity Initiative will tackle poor housing quality and associated housing instability, and address the corresponding racial health inequities, by improving existing housing stock in Gateway Cities. The initiative will focus on addressing lead paint and poor indoor air quality, to improve housing quality, housing stability, and resident health. The Initiative will focus on a cohort of Gateway Cities and in the process create a template that can be scaled up. 

Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI)
Statewide Health Access for Justice-Involved Individuals
The project will identify and execute solutions to overcome systemic barriers to public benefits access and healthy outcomes for criminal justice-involved (“CJI”) individuals upon release from the custody of the Department of Corrections and the County Houses of Correction. The project will initially focus on eligibility and access to health care through MassHealth; over time we will also identify and address barriers to other benefits programs, e.g., SNAP, as well as child support debt incurred while incarcerated, family reunification, and other systemic barriers confronted by individuals upon reentry.

Old Colony YMCA
Breaking Barriers and Advancing Health Equity in Taunton
Old Colony YMCA (OCY) will address the root causes that negatively affect opportunities for active living and access to healthy and affordable food through policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change strategies with partners and residents in Taunton over a period of 5 years. Taunton has unique challenges that cause significant health disparities among residents, especially residents of color and low-income residents, which can be attributed to centuries of oppressive systems. OCY and partners will engage and empower residents to lead and advance PSE change initiatives in the most impacted census tracts in a way that benefits residents and mitigates unintended negative impacts of change. The focus will be on improving active living by conducting audits on community walkability/ bikeability and access to public green space. Additionally, the work will focus on increasing healthy eating by connecting residents to public assistance programs.

Square One
Springfield Healthy Food Systems Collaborative
Springfield Healthy Food Systems Collaborative will engage in efforts targeted to strengthen and expand the existing work of the Collaborative to ensure access to locally grown healthy food in Springfield specifically through systemizing our work and expanding knowledge about, and access to, the Healthy Incentive Program (HIP).  HIP is a public benefit unique to Massachusetts that affords SNAP recipients the opportunity to receive an added allowance for locally grown produce.  

The Center for Hope and Healing, Inc.
Greater Lowell Domestic/Sexual Violence Equity Task Force 
The Center for Hope and Healing Inc. (CHH) will combine force with Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK), Alternative House (AH), and Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) to create a city-wide DV/SV Task Force to ensure that survivors of Domestic Violence (DV) and Sexual Violence (SV), particularly BIPOC survivors have an equitable opportunity to heal from trauma and achieve the highest possible quality of life. This project has several activities including: 1) formalizing a citywide DV/SV Task Force; 2) providing training on impacts of DV/SV as well as antiracism and other trainings that address this social determinant of health; 3) launch a city-wide campaign to destigmatize DV/SV BIPOC survivors seeking services; and 4) host city-wide public awareness activities to educate the public and provide greater visibility/access to DV/SV services. 

Chipping Away at Barriers to Health Faced by Young Adults Involved with Gangs or Returning from Incarceration 
UTEC will look to expand its efforts to break down structural and institutional barriers to health, faced by young adults who are involved with gangs or returning from incarceration. Specifically, they will pursue changes that provide a clean slate for young adults with a past criminal record; advocate for changes in the distribution of resources that are necessary to form a viable financial path from incarceration to stable employment; and foster community organizing and leadership skills so that young adults can create change in their own communities. 

Winthrop Public Health & Clinical Services (WDPH&CS)
Winthrop Youth Mental Health Improvement Initiative 
With this funding, the Town of Winthrop will work to remove obstacles and disrupt barriers to mental health care for all young people with a particular focus on our most vulnerable and underserved youth populations. These funds will be used to enhance and expand current programming in the WDPH&CS by focusing specifically on the youth in our community.   

Healthy Aging Awardees

Community Teamwork
Advancing Housing Equity for Seniors 
Community Teamwork will establish Advancing Housing Equity for Seniors project, in partnership with Age Friendly Lowell, Coalition for a Better Acre, REACH LoWell, and Community Teamwork’s AmeriCorps Senior Programs to address the root cause of housing instability among low-income seniors. 

Dominican Development Center, Inc
Seniors Transforming Other Seniors
This project brings together community resources and professional expertise from two organizations—The Dominican Development Center and Nuevo Dia, an Adult Day Health Center—that support seniors in Latino communities in the Boston Area. Our proposed, Senior Transforming Other Seniors, builds upon our experiences with seniors in multiple cities to create a new community model to support the mental health needs of our Latino elders and cultivate their untapped leadership potential. Our goal is to empower seniors through programming that nurtures their physical and mental well-being, honors their knowledge and leadership skills, and restores them to social spaces of joy and companionship 

Reducing Chronic Diseases Through Engagement and Empowerment of Seniors in Chelsea 
The Reducing Chronic Diseases Through Engagement and Empowerment of Seniors in Chelsea project is planning to address environmental injustice and improve public health by increasing seniors and the aging population’s participation in transit justice. GreenRoots will uplift, engage, and empower multilingual Chelsea seniors to ensure their voices are heard in decision making processes and ultimately ensure they can enjoy a reliable, equitable and accessible public transit system.  

Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts
Healthy Aging in Place
The Health Aging-In-Place project is planning to address interconnected barriers to aging- in-place in a way that is secure and healthy (For example, food insecurity due to dietary and cultural barriers; undiagnosed and untreated trauma from their past while having few options for mental health treatment; language barriers). The Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts will assess, plan, and implement culturally relevant service expansion for Southeast Asian elders in Central and Western Massachusetts; advocate for the implementation of culturally relevant services and programs with partner organizations; and engage and train elders and their caregivers for self-advocacy. 

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Community-engaged family-based healthy aging intervention to promote social and mental health among older adults in Massachusetts 
The University of Massachusetts Amherst has a profound legacy and commitment to social justice, extending across generations and spanning disciplines. One of the main visions for campus strategic plan is to “organize for success by ensuring the inclusion of underserved communities in the university’s outreach and engagement efforts.” In alignment with this vision, our community-engaged family-based healthy aging intervention, including psychoeducation, problem-solving, breathing exercises, and yoga, aims to improve five “Age-Friendly” movement areas to make communities more welcoming and livable for older residents and people of all ages such as “community and health service,” “communication and information,” “social participation,” “respect and social inclusion,” and “civic participation and employment.”

Community Health Improvement Planning (CHIP) Awardees

African Cultural Services, Inc.
Working together for a healthier Ugandan Community in Massachusetts 
African Cultural Services will conduct a CHIP process to further understand the needs of the community and work with other community organizations to address those needs. The CHIP process will primarily engage with Ugandan immigrants in Waltham and many other service providers and organizations that serve or seek to engage with the community.   

Breaktime United, Inc.
Convening a statewide CHIP process to identify, analyze, and address the root causes of young adult homelessness 
Breaktime seeks to help young adults facing housing insecurity secure career-launching job opportunities and permanent housing while empowering them to serve their local community. We will conduct a statewide CHIP to better understand young adult homelessness by engaging entities throughout the state to form statewide coalitions to end young adult homelessness.  

City of Lawrence, Mayors Health Task Force
Building an Inclusive and Effective Community Health Improvement Plan 
The City of Lawrence participates in the triennial Community Health Needs Assessment done by the hospital and community Health Center. In an effort to deepen community engagement in the implementation process, the City of Lawrence in partnership with UMass Lowell and other community-based partners, will embark on a CHIP, focused on race and health equity, to strategically complement partner efforts to affect change in the health and well-being of those most significantly impacted by compromised social determinants of health.

Family Nurturing Center
Boston’s BIPOC Family Support Network 
Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts, Inc proposes to meet the needs of BIPOC families with young children in Boston through Welcome Baby visits, diaper pantries, developmental screenings, playgroups, referral services and more, to improve mental health outcomes for children and adults; address social determinants of health, particularly education and socio-cultural environments; and disrupt the effects of racism, xenophobia and poverty on Boston’s BIPOC families.