Grant Recipients


GLHA is distributing nearly $5 million in funds  allocated by Lowell General Hospital through the hospital’s Determination of Need process for its recent campus expansion. This process through the Department of Public Health ensures that hospitals are providing a measurable community benefit to the communities they serve. Over the past year, more than $250,000 was awarded through the GLHA’s first grant distribution cycles. The remainder of the funds will be distributed over the next 14 years.

In addition, through the hard work of State Representative Tom Golden (D-Lowell) and the Substance Use and Prevention Task Force, an additional $200,000 was secured in 2014 to fund Substance Use and Prevention efforts in our region.

2017/2018 COMMUNITY HEALTH INITIATIVES GRANTS

The GLHA is proud to announce the grant awards for the fall of 2017 to support programs and services to improve the overall health of the Greater Lowell community. This year, grants were awarded around the following health priorities and programs that meet the specific areas of focus identified by the GLHA’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) process:

• Access to Healthy Food
• Asthma
• Mental Health
• Physical Activity
• Social Determinants of Health
• Substance Use and Prevention

To qualify, all proposals needed to incorporate a plan to meet the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in health and health care to all individuals in order to reduce disparities and achieve health equity.

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell – $15,000: Youth Mental Health Services.
This project will integrate a Licensed Clinical Social Worker into the Boys & Girls Club staff as Youth Support Service Coordinator.

Family Services of the Merrimack Valley – $10,000: Samaritans of the Merrimack Valley.
Family Services proposes to provide an array of suicide-prevention trainings to individuals and organizations throughout the Greater Lowell area aimed to increasing the knowledge and skills of “gatekeepers” to identify and intervene with individuals who may be at risk.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell – $5,000: Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative: Building Healthy Places. Habitat for Humanity will utilize these funds to build a children’s park and create green space on Franklin Street in the Acre.

History UnErased – $13,500: On the Front Lines: Equipping Teachers to Improve the Educational and Wellness Outcome of LGBTQ YouthThe Front Lines Project is targeted to improve the wellness and academic outcomes of approximately 4,000 students in Lowell Public Schools’ nine middle schools by working directly with their teachers. These frontline educators will be prepared to create classrooms that are inclusive of LGBTQ topics, addressing the negative environment that leads to poor health and educational outcomes for this vulnerable population.

Lowell House Addiction Treatment and Recovery – $25,000: Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration & Addiction through Recovery Coaching
A collaboration with three entities within the Criminal Justice System, this program will initiate recovery coaching designed to divert people with substance use disorder away from jails and prisons and assist them in attaining and sustaining their recovery from substances in the community.

Lowell Transitional Living Center – $25,000: Recovery Coaching Program
LTLC proposes to integrate a recovery coaching program into its 90-bed emergency shelter program.

Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell – $25,000: Behavioral Health Access Counselor
In collaboration with Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMAA) and Lowell House Addiction Treatment and Recovery, the Mental Health Association seeks to improve access to mental health services and ultimately improve mental health and quality of life for the Greater Lowell Cambodian community.

Merrimack Valley Food Bank – $5,000: Community Market
The Community Market Program serves residents of four Lowell Housing Authority properties, offering them to supplement their food with fresh produce at no cost, while providing residents with information about the Healthy Incentives Program.

Mill City Grows – $15,000: Food Access and Education Programs
The vision of this project is to create a solid pipeline of outreach to low-income residents along with education about healthy eating, and culminating in access to affordable, healthy foods through incentives and Mobil Markets.

University of Massachusetts Lowell – $11,500: Dietary Quality, Food Access and Food Safety among Cambodian Adults at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
The overall purpose of this project is to build on the 2016 Community Health Assessment to target type 2 diabetes and access to healthy and safe foods.

2016 COMMUNITY HEALTH INITIATIVES GRANTS

The GLHA is proud to announce the grant awards for the Fall of 2016 to support programs and services to improve the overall health of the Greater Lowell community. Grants were awarded around the following priority areas:

• Mental Health and Mental Disorders
• Substance Abuse (Including Tobacco Use)
• Chronic Disease (e.g. Asthma, Obesity, Diabetes)
• Prevention & Screenings (e.g. Cancer, children’s nutrition)

The GLHA awarded eight grants totaling $200,000 to community-based organizations to address critical health issues in the Greater Lowell area. Below is the list of the 2016 Community Health Initiatives Grant Recipients:

  • Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc.: Greater Lowell Falls Talk
    Project – $40,000. To introduce evidence-based falls prevention program, FallScape, to the CHNA 10 communities and expand programs to reach more frail, homebound populations.
    2016 Grant Recipient – Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley (1)
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell: Neighborhood Revitalization
    Initiative: Building Healthy Places – $10,000. This grant will go towards the renovation portion of their Centralville neighborhood revitalization Initiative.
    2016 Grant Recipient – Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell
  •  Lowell Community Health Center: Youth Substance Use Prevention Project – $39,000. To expand ESWG activities to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors among youth through substance abuse prevention education and outreach programming reaching as many as 300 youth through education and community building activities.
    2016 Grant Recipient – Lowell Community Health Center (1)
  • Lowell House Inc.: Community Opioid Outreach Program (COOP) – $21,000. LHI, LPD, Lowell Fire Department and Lowell Health Department collaboration designed to addresses the opiate epidemic in Lowell. The main objective of the Community Opioid Outreach Program (“COOP”) is to conduct proactive outreach to recent overdose victims, as well as their families and connect them to treatment services in the region.
    2016 Grant Recipient – Lowell House Inc. (2)
  • McCarthy Middle School, Chelmsford: Strengthening Health of Middle School Students – $16,000. Grant funding will go towards three programs designed to strengthen the social and emotional health of middle school students, to reduce the incidence of self-harm and substance use.
    2016 Grant recipient – McCarthy Middle School (1)
  • Merrimack Valley Food Bank: Operation Nourish – $10,000. A children’s feeding program in which MCFB partners with several Lowell Public Schools to address the nutritional needs of children who may struggle with hunger.
    2016 Grant Recipient – Merrimack Valley Food Bank (2)
  • Mill City Grows: Farm to School Partnership Expansion – $25,000. To increase healthy habits of Lowell’s students to improve their health outcomes and decrease obesity and diet related illness.
    2016 Grant Recipient – Mill City Grows (1)
  • Tewksbury Police Department: Regional Jail Diversion Program – $39,000. This program is designed to divert individuals with mental illness and substance abuse away from the criminal justice system and toward the appropriate psychiatric, social, and community-based services.
    2016 Grant Recipient – Tewksbury Police Department (2)

2015 MINI-GRANTS

The Greater Lowell Health Alliance (GLHA) of the Community Health Network Area 10 has awarded six grants totaling $50,000 to community-based organizations to address critical health issues in the Greater Lowell area.

Below is the list of grant recipients:

LOWELL HOUSE, INC.
The Prisoner Re-Entry Program (PREP) – $8,000

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL
I Have a Plan: Delaying Second Pregnancy Among Teen Mothers – $10,000

COALITION FOR A BETTER ACRE (CBA)
Creating No Smoking Policies and Support – $8,000

COMMUNITY TEAMWORK, INC. (CTI)
Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Education for Homeless Families – $8,000

CIRCLE HOME, INC.
Fall Prevention Program – $8,000

MILL CITY GROWS
Mill City Grows Community Programs – $8,000

 

2014 GRANTS:
DETERMINATION OF NEED FUNDS

The GLHA awarded nine grants totaling $200,000 to community-based organizations to address critical health issues in the Greater Lowell area. Grants were awarded around the priority areas of mental health, substance abuse, diabetes, obesity, respiratory diseases (e.g. asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), cardiovascular disease, and Hepatitis B in the Cambodian community. Preference was given to projects that serve low-income, vulnerable, and/or at-risk communities.

Below is the list of grant recipients, award amount and a brief description of their projects:

LOWELL COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER
Lowell in Motion ($50,000)

The project will reach 500 Lowell residents, both children and adults, many of whom are low-income and represent Lowell’s cultural and ethnic diversity.

Key strategies include:

  • HEALTHY MARKETS
    The goal of Healthy Markets is to improve access and affordability of healthy
    food options for neighborhood market program.
  • COMPLETE STREETS
    The goal of Complete Streets is to improve the health of all 105,519 residents
    within 11 neighborhoods of the City of Lowell who are disproportionately low
    income, by advocating, educating, and transforming Lowell’s built environment
    to be more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists.
  • SCHOOL NUTRITION
    The goal of the School Nutrition strategy is to improve nutrition and physical
    activity for the 14,031 children enrolled in the Lowell Public Schools.        View this project’s success!

WAYSIDE YOUTH & FAMILY SUPPORT NETWORK, INC.
Access to Services for Southeast Asian Youth 
($50,000)
Wayside will improve accessibility of Community Service Agency services, as well as other necessary mental health services to Southeast Asian families who need them. Direct services will be provided by Wayside CSA’s culturally diverse team of Care Coordinators and Family Partners who are bilingual — fluent in English and Khmer — and bi-cultural. Clinical consultation and education in the
community will be delivered by an independently licensed social worker.

UNITED TEEN EQUALITY CENTER, INC.
Preventing Substance Abuse to Help Youth Succeed
 ($20,000)
The funds will support UTEC’s goal to establish a permanent, part-time Substance Abuse Counselor position onsite at UTEC.
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UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL
Health Homes for Child Care
 ($20,000)
The project aims to reduce asthma in young children by providing interventions and education to families in Lowell that suffer from asthma, with the goal to improve the health of Lowell’s residents and reduce the burden of asthma in this community. The target population for the proposed project is children age 0-5 from low-income families.
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CAMBODIAN MUTUAL ASSISTANCE ASSOCIATION OF GREATER LOWELL
Hepatitis B Education and Screening for the Cambodian Community of Lowell
 ($17,000)
The project will hold Hepatitis B education sessions, as well as offering one-on-one screenings and referrals.
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MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF GREATER LOWELL, INC.
Outreach Specialist ($15,000)
The funds will support the hiring of a master’s level part-time Outreach Specialist to ensure that members of the community in need of mental health services are able to take full advantage of the mental health resources in the
Greater Lowell area.
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BRIDGEWELL, INC.
Pathfinder Outreach Project ($13,000)

The Pathfinder Outreach Project will provide outreach and health-focused case management services to individuals living in homeless encampments found throughout the city.

TOWN OF CHELMSFORD AND THE TEWKSBURY POLICE DEPARTMENT
Substance Use Education and Prevention Weeks ($7,500 each)
The projects will fund the collaborative substance use and prevention weeks by the Chelmsford and Tewksbury police departments as they continue the work of fighting the increasing drug epidemic in their communities.
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2014 GRANTS:
SUBSTANCE USE AND PREVENTION  

In the fall of 2014, the Greater Lowell Health Alliance awarded 10 grants totaling $171,426 to community-based organizations to address the increasing issues surrounding substance abuse. Grants were awarded in the priority areas of building capacity of those working with children and youth on prevention services; addressing change in the social environment by promoting community norms and public policies that decrease substance use; and reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors among youth and families by providing substance abuse prevention, education, outreach programs and services.   Emphasis was placed on building local partnerships to implement strategies that change community conditions and increase the community’s capacity to sustain effective efforts.

Below is the list of grant recipients, award amount and a brief description of their projects:

LOWELL COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER
Substance Use and Prevention Task Force Regional Initiative ($100,000)
The project will build and expand the capacity of the region to provide substance abuse prevention education and create a heightened awareness on issues facing communities in the Greater Lowell region.  The Task Force will collaborate with representatives from regional towns and hire a Regional Health Educator to assist in the coordination, implementation or expansion of existing prevention education efforts among all participating communities. The core target population of the initiative to receive primary prevention education will be children and young adults up to the age of 21 years old along with general outreach to parents, families, community residents and service providers.
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BILLERICA SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION COMMITTEE
Substance Use and Prevention Collaborative ($10,000)
The project will hire a coordinator to strengthen a comprehensive substance abuse program both within the school and in the larger community.

LOWELL HOUSE, INC.
Prevention Outreach Project ($10,000)
The “Prevention Outreach Project (“POP”) project focuses on the need for increased access to services and support for disenfranchised members of the Lowell Community struggling with substance abuse and the disease of addictions.

LOWELL PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Arts in Substance Abuse Prevention for Lowell Middle Schools ($10,000)
Lowell Public Schools will bring school-based substance abuse prevention dramatic performances to all 7th and 8th grade students in school year 2014-2015 and hold a community-wide performance to engage parents and other adults in substance abuse prevention with the targeted students.
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MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF GREATER LOWELL, INC.
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist ($10,000)
The Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist will target clinical services to both parents and youth, with a clear overarching goal of decreasing the risk of substance abuse in youth.
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TEWKSBURY POLICE DEPARTMENT
Substance Use and Prevention Education Week ($10,000)
The project will use education to help remove the stigma that is attached to drug and alcohol abuse, let people know that it is a widespread problem that can affect anyone, and encourage people to talk to others and ask people for help.
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TOWN OF CHELMSFORD
Substance Use Disorder Education and Prevention Week ($6,600)
The project will increase awareness about substance use disorder and provide students, teachers and the residents in the community with tools that will help them to identify prevention steps, warning signs, and interventions to deal with this epidemic.
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DRACUT PUBLIC SCHOOLS/RICHARDSON MIDDLE SCHOOL
Substance Awareness Program ($6,226.10)
The Drug Awareness program will provide important information and coping skills for students.
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WESTFORD HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Utilizing Evidence-Based Prevention Programs to Reduce Substance Abuse ($6,100)
The project will implement two substance use and prevention programs, Table Talks and Guiding Good choices.
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LOWELL POLICE DEPARTMENT
LPD LYDC Drug Awareness Event ($2,500)
The Drug Awareness Event hosted by Lowell Youth Development Collaborative (LYDC) with support from the Greater Lowell Substance Abuse Task Force will strive to teach children, teens, and parents about the dangers of drug abuse.
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