Fallon Community Health Plan funds eight community-based programs

Grants awarded to programs that support four areas of focus: “at-risk” youth; improved access to nutrition and/or physical activity; health and social services for seniors; individuals with behavioral/mental health issues

Worcester, Mass., December 23, 2013 ― Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP) continues its commitment to making communities healthy by working with community partners throughout Massachusetts to ensure that families and communities have access to the resources they need. Once again, FCHP’s Community Benefits Grants Program funds new or existing innovative, community-based programs throughout the state.

This year, FCHP distributed grants to eight organizations. Recipients were chosen based on four areas of focus as identified by FCHP’s Needs Assessment Committee.

2013 Community Benefits Grant Winners:

Programs that promote opportunities for “at-risk”/”proven risk” youth and young adults between the ages of 12 to 21.

  • Hope Coalition: A grant of $20,000 to support the HOPE Mental Health Model, a Worcester-based organization which integrates prevention, treatment, asset building and staff training at community-based programs for adolescent mental health
  • Nativity School (Worcester): A grant of $10,000 for the school’s academic and after-school program.

Programs that improve access to good nutrition and/or promote physical activity.

  • Boys & Girls Club of Worcester: A grant of $10,000 to support
  • Healthy Habits, a long-running, proven program designed to promote health and wellness for youth members.
  • Rachel’s Table (Springfield): A grant of $10,000 for The Gleaning Project, an initiative where teens rescue product that would otherwise go to waste and deliver it to agencies that feed the hungry. In 2012, more than 300 teens participated and brought in more than 10,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables to at least 15 local agencies and shelters.

Programs that focus on preventive health and social services for seniors.

  • Take & Eat, Inc.: A grant of $10,000 to provide free meals and wellness checks to more than 2,700 homebound elders in Western Massachusetts

Programs that provide services to support individuals with behavioral and/or mental health issues with specific emphasis on addressing the needs of the most vulnerable group by their ethnicity, age, demographics and risk-factors.

  • Gandara Center: Adolescent Family Services: A grant of $10,000 will help the Future Forward program continue to work with community based, youth-serving vocational and business-based learning programs in Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties.
  • United Teen Equality Center (UTEC): A grant of $15,000 to provide comprehensive mental health, trauma and substance abuse counseling for proven-risk youth in Lowell and Lawrence. UTEC also provides intensive wrap-around case management to fill the gap in services for communities’ hardest-to-reach, proven-risk youth.
  • Veterans Inc. A grant of $24,000 to the Veterans Mental Health &
    Substance Abuse Program. The goal is to assist approximately 225 veterans statewide to lead productive, stable and independent lives by connecting and engaging them with mental health treatment.

"FCHP’s Community Benefits Grant Program is our opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the communities we serve,” said Christine Cassidy, Chief Communications Officer. “Through the years, our charitable giving has had a positive impact across the state, improving the health and well-being of thousands of individuals."

Carrie Wattu

About Fallon Community Health Plan
Founded in 1977, Fallon Community Health Plan is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit health care services organization. From traditional health insurance products available throughout Massachusetts for all populations, to innovative health care programs and services for independent seniors, FCHP supports the diverse and changing needs of all those it serves. FCHP has consistently ranked among the nation’s top health plans, and is the only health plan in Massachusetts to have been awarded “Excellent” Accreditation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for its HMO, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid products.