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Metrowest Health Foundation

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Funded from the sale of two community hospitals in Massachusetts, the Foundationís mission is to improve the health status of the community, including individuals and families, through informed and innovative leadership. The Foundation provides support to meet the unmet health needs of 25 Massachusetts communities in MetroWestís service area. The Foundationís four focus areas are: access to care, adolescent mental health, healthy aging, and opioid epidemic. Access to Care grants are awarded to support efforts to reduce uninsurance rates, increase the number of people who have a primary care provider and reduce social factors that contribute to poor health outcomes. Adolescent Mental Health grants will be awarded to schools and other organizations for programs that provide prevention, intervention, and access to treatment services in order to reduce mental health symptoms among adolescents. Healthy Aging grants support efforts to reduce social isolation, falls, and the impact of chronic disease among older adults and to improve services and supports for caregivers. Opioid Epidemic grants support efforts to educate the community and prescribers about opioid medications, screen youth for substance abuse, and refer to treatment and prevent overdose deaths. Program guidelines and a list of the 25 counties that the Foundation serves can be found on the Web site.


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