Baystate Health not only serves the community, it’s part of the community. The Baystate Health Foundation partners with various organizations to support health initiatives that are important to our neighborhoods.
Learn more about some of our partners.
Because opioid addiction is a major public health crisis, the partnership between Baystate Health and CVS Health could not have come at a better time.
Baystate Health received a $25,000 grant from CVS Health to support opioid treatment programs at Baystate Mason Square Neighborhood Health Center and Baystate Brightwood Health Center, both located in Springfield, Mass.
The support from CVS Health will allow us to train more providers to obtain the waiver required to prescribe treatments for opioid addiction and to implement multidisciplinary office-based addiction treatment rounds.
Baystate Children’s Hospital, Kohl’s Cares, and the YMCA have partnered to help fight childhood obesity. The result? The MIGHTY program, which stands for Moving, Improving, and Gaining Together at the YMCA. MIGHTY is an intensive six-month group program that emphasizes physical activity, nutrition, and habit changes for the entire family.
The program offers participants:
- Fitness evaluations
- Individual fitness prescriptions
- Group exercise sessions
- Individual and group nutrition counseling
- Strategies for maintaining lifelong health
- Six month membership for family to the YMCA
Paid for in part by a generous $200,000 grant from our friends at Kohl’s, MIGHTY programs are offered at the YMCA of Greater Springfield, the YMCA of Greater Westfield, the YMCA in Greenfield, and the Scantic Valley YMCA.
Baystate Health received a $100,000 Grief Reach grant from the New York Life Foundation to support a suicide bereavement program for children and adolescents at our Family Advocacy Center. The Grief Reach grant supports programs that provide direct service support to bereavement programs across the country.
In Massachusetts, one person dies by suicide every 14 hours and it’s the second leading cause of death for individuals ages 15 to 34*. For those young people who have lost a loved one, dealing with the grief, trauma, pain, and isolation that may accompany this type of tragedy can be debilitating.
The Family Advocacy Center’s program offers tailored services to survivors at various stages of the grieving process -- from the aftermath to years later -- to provide stabilization and coping skills.
To learn more about the Family Advocacy Center’s suicide bereavement program for children and adolescents, contact Kerri Bergendahl, LICSW, behavioral health clinician, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Information provided by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Baystate Health Foundation has been awarded a $750,000* TD Ready Challenge grant from the TD Bank Group to support the TD Bank-Baystate Health Bus - a mobile preventative health clinic for low-to-moderate income and at-risk populations. The bus will also create a unique interdisciplinary education plan to train our next generation of healthcare professionals to bring care directly in to the communities.
Hitting the Ground Running: The TD Bank Baystate Health Wellness on Wheels (WOW) Bus
Starting in July 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the TD Bank Baystate Health Bus, which community members refer to as the Wellness on Wheels WOW Bus, made its debut in some hard hit areas of Springfield, MA. With the physical bus still in production, team members took to the streets to collaborate with community groups to bring education and testing to those in need.
The first stop was at MLK Jr. Family Services in Mason Square, where a team of graduate students from the PURCH (Population base Urban and Rural Community), Master's of Social Work, and Doctor of Pharmacy programs visited with community members at the MLK Food Pantry and shared ways that they could stay safe and healthy during the pandemic.
The TD Bank Baystate Health Bus team made three more stops in Springfield over the following two weeks. Team members provided COVID-19 resources and materials at Square One and Edgewater Apartments (managed by Peabody Properties) in partnership with the New North Citizens Council. The team also hosted a testing site at Square One's Mobile Food Pantry (supported by the Food Bank of Western MA) at the Dakin Animal Shelter. Community collaborations like these are what Wellness on Wheels is all about.
*All USD amounts represent an estimate based on the current foreign exchange rate from CDN.