Michelle Holmgren, Public Affairs & Community Relations Specialist
Ware, MA (August 1, 2014) - Baystate Mary Lane Hospital (BMLH) has released a request for proposal (RFP) for community health initiatives from area not-for profit organizations that can offer innovative approaches to addressing unmet health needs in the Quaboag Hills Region of Hampshire, Hampden and Worcester County’s.
The hospital’s Community Benefit Advisory Council (CBAC) which includes area educators, health and human service providers, and others who are actively engaged in community health improvement efforts, worked together with hospital staff to prioritize unmet health needs identified in the hospitals community health needs assessment (CHNA) that was completed in spring 2013.
BMLH has approved up to $50,000 of these funds to be awarded in 2014 for the purpose of addressing priority health needs. A total of $150,000 in funding , to be spent over 3-5 years, for BMLH community health initiatives was made available by Baystate Medical Center (BMC) as part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Determination of Need (DON) process related to capital expenditures for BMC’s new Emergency Department in Springfield.
To qualify grant proposals must address one of the following BMLH priority health needs:
• Diet & exercise-related diseases and mortality
• High rates of alcohol tobacco and drug use
• Lack of access to mental health services and poor mental health status
Deadline for grant proposals is Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Selected grantees will be notified no later than Wednesday, October 22, 2014. An informational session will be held in the Main Conference Room at BMLH on Friday, September 5 beginning at 9:30 am. For more information or for an application package contact Kimberly Duquette at Kimberly.Duquette@baystatehealth.org or call 413-967-2179