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Better Together grantees announced - Goal is to make our communities healthier places to live

January 10, 2017

Baystate Medical Center, in partnership with its Community Benefits Advisory Council, recently announced the recipients of is its newly-established Better Together Grant Program.

Eight grants were awarded to eligible non-profit organizations and their initiatives that are directly benefiting residents of Hampden County, with a focus on the underserved and vulnerable populations in Greater Springfield, to improve people’s overall well-being and make our communities healthier places to live.

Grant recipients named

The grant recipients included, HAP Housing, Revitalize CDC, Project Coach, Men of Color Health Awareness (MOCHA), Prison Birth Project, MA Public Health Association, Springfield Food Policy Council and River Valley Counseling.

Two of the grantees, HAP Housing and Revitalize CDC, are community development corporations (CDCs) and participate in the state Community Investment Tax Credit program (CITC). This allowed Baystate Medical Center to receive a 50% refund on both grants, allowing Baystate to leverage our investments dollars to fund future community health initiatives.

Baystate leads the way

Joseph Kriesberg, president of the MA Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC), attended the media event on Friday at Baystate Medical Center, where the grants were announced.

"This groundbreaking announcement demonstrates the power of the CITC program to leverage new investments. I am so excited to see Baystate lead the way in using CITC to leverage the power of community development for improved health outcomes. I can’t wait to tell health care institutions across the state about what is happening here in Springfield. Congratulations,” he said.

The current round of Better Together grant funding was made possible through Determination of Need (DoN) community health initiatives funding, required by Massachusetts Department of Public Health, as related to Baystate's new pharmacy and phase 3 of its Hospital of the Future projects.