Natick Organization Wins Three-Year Community Health Grant
NATICK, MA — As part of its long-standing commitment to the community, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham announced Monday that it has awarded $76,000 in grants to 10 community organizations in the area, including a grant from three years to Metrowest Family Promise at Natick.
The grants are part of the BID Needham Community Benefits Program and are intended to support programs that address community health priorities and have a significant impact on populations and community members in BID Needham’s service area that face the greatest health inequalities. The criteria included three priority areas that were identified during the hospital’s most recent community health needs assessment, completed in July 2019 – behavioral health, chronic and complex conditions, and access to care and social determinants of health.
Family Promise Metrowest will receive a multi-year grant in the amount of $6,000 per year, valued at $18,000 over three years. The group is a community-based response to family homelessness with individual programs meeting the comprehensive needs of homeless families with at least one child under the age of 18. It is one of more than 200 Family Promise National affiliates located in 43 states across the country.
The grant funding will support its Local Initiative for Family Empowerment (LIFE) program, a homelessness prevention and diversion program that supports families at risk of eviction or who have lost their homes but, with targeted support , can immediately return to an apartment and avoid entering the shelter.
“BID Needham is truly a community hospital, and we realize that the organizations we support through our community benefits program are at the heart of our community,” said John Fogarty, President of BID Needham. “We are proud to support these organizations and the important work they are doing to reduce health disparities and inequities for members of our community. We are happy to put resources behind this work to support our common goal of ‘have a greater impact in the communities we serve.’
BID Needham is a 58-bed licensed acute care community hospital. It has served residents of Needham and surrounding communities for over 100 years. The hospital has been recognized by multiple organizations for quality and safety, including five out of five stars from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), an “A” rating from the Leapfrog Group, the Gold Seal of Approval ® from the Joint Commission and the 2019 Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. For more information on Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Needham, please visit this link.
BID Needham is part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a healthcare system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,800 physicians and 36,000 employees in a common mission to expand access to quality care and advancing the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education. For more information about Beth Israel Lahey Health, please visit www.bilh.org.
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