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BFMC Seeks Applications to Fund Community Health Initiatives

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Community Benefits Advisory Council (CBAC) has issued a request for proposals to not-for-profit and governmental organizations serving Franklin County and the North Quabbin area, to address one or more of the unmet health needs identified in the hospital’s 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment.

Specific areas of focus include: projects that create systems of improved coordination of care; implementation of evidence-based primary prevention curriculum in schools; Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) training for school staff and coaches; chronic disease prevention and/or self-management; substance-abuse prevention and support of mental health; and nutrition and physical-activity system-change projects.

The deadline for grant applications is Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. Funding for these community health initiatives is being made available as part of the hospital’s Determination of Need (DON) process related to capital expenditures for its new surgery modernization project, per Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) requirements. The Baystate Franklin CBAC is using these funds to address demonstrated needs in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region. The CBAC will prioritize funding of projects that will have broad-based, lasting impact.

To request a grant application and guidelines, contact Amy Swisher, director of Public Affairs & Community Relations at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, at [email protected] or (413) 773-2268.