Eight nonprofits receive health grants

The following is a press release from Cambridge Health Alliance:

On Wednesday, Sept 15th, the Somerville Health Foundation (SHF) held a reception at Cambridge Health Alliance’s Somerville Hospital campus to honor the recipients of this year’s community funding. Grants were awarded to eight local nonprofit organizations. They were selected for alignment with the SHF’s public health priorities.

Through this funding, the Foundation strives to promote and support the provision of primary care and preventive health services accessible to the residents of the City of Somerville, Massachusetts. Additionally, funding is dedicated to promotion and support of educational, research and outreach programs which will improve the delivery and accessibility of primary care and preventive health services to the residents of the City of Somerville.

The major priorities for this year’s applicants included: addressing root causes of disease and disparities in health; mental health; youth development, specifically addressing protective factors to reduce substance abuse, decrease violence or improve mental health; providing physical activity and/or food/nutrition programming, infrastructure and/or policy work related to obesity prevention and reduction of cardiovascular disease; addressing environmental health issues, including air, water and/or soil quality related to human health.

The eight nonprofit organizations were funded for awards ranging from $1,000 to $4,500. They are: Brazilian Women’s Group, Groundwork Somerville, Mystic Learning Center, Open Air Circus, Somerville Community Access Television, Somerville Museum, The Center for Teen Empowerment, and The Welcome Project. Mary Cassesso and Nancy Busnach, Somerville members of the Cambridge Health Alliance Board of Trustees, represented the Foundation and handed out checks to the recipients at the recognition event.

The Somerville Health Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, was founded in 1996 shortly after Cambridge Hospital and Somerville Hospital merged to form Cambridge Health Alliance. For more information, please contact Lisa Brukilacchio at 617-591-6940 or by email at lbrukilacchio@challiance.org.

Cambridge Health Alliance is an integrated award-winning health system that provides high quality care in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices, the Cambridge Public Health Dept., and the Network Health plan. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Tufts University School of Medicine. Visit us online at www.challiance.org.