Creative, Community-Focused Hospitals Receive Grant Funding

The Health Policy Commission (HPC) last Wednesday announced its SHIFT-Care grant awardees – hospitals and health centers that reach out into their communities to craft innovative programs to reduce avoidable use and to address social issues such as opioid use disorder.

The recipients will receive up to $750,000 each but will be responsible for contributing at least 25% of the total cost of the initiative.

There are three funding tracts: addressing health-related social needs (such as housing stability and fulfilling transportation needs, among others); addressing behavioral health needs (such as reducing opioid use and increasing follow-up care); and enhancing opioid use disorder treatment (by, for example, improving alcohol and other drug abuse dependence treatment).

This powerpoint from the HPC summarizes the recipients, the programs they are undertaking, the amount received (including the facility’s contribution), and the community partners working with the hospitals.

Congratulations to the following MHA members and associated entities for their creative and meaningful work to help the communities they serve: Boston Medical Center; Massachusetts General Hospital; North Shore Medical Center; Holyoke Medical Center; UMass Memorial Medical Center; Hebrew SeniorLife; Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Baystate Health Care Alliance; Addison Gilbert/Beverly Hospital; Harrington Hospital; Mercy Medical Center; Holyoke Medical Center; Lowell General Hospital; and individual members of the Community Care Cooperative (C3).