Author: Christine Gordon-Davis

The ARPA-tunity of a lifetime

Do you have a story to tell about your community’s ARPA work? We want to hear from YOU about how you are advocating for equitable recovery through ARPA funds at the local or state level. Send us an email and share your story! Massachusetts is on the precipice of transformational change. The American Rescue Plan… Read more »

Strategies for inclusive grantmaking: increasing diversity and equity in the biomedical workforce

A recent publication in Nature Medicine, co-authored by two of our staff members, Kim Lezak and Lindsay Redman-Rivera, explores grantmaking practices to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in the biomedical workforce. The collaborative team of authors from the Health Research Alliance offer recommendations in demographic data collection and use, increasing the diversity of the applicant… Read more »

A Public Health Approach to Problem Gambling

In this piece, we explore the issue of problem gambling from a public health perspective, specifically through a health equity lens, and share important considerations and action items as we work to reduce stigma and address the disproportionate impact of problem gambling on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and other marginalized communities. Gambling… Read more »

HRiA presentations at the Annual Meeting of APHA 2021

In October 2021, HRiA staff members and sponsored programs participated in the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in Denver, CO and virtually. These presentations illustrate some of our work in training, capacity building, community engagement, and evaluation around topic areas including COVID-19, violence intervention and prevention, mental health, harm reduction, substance… Read more »

MassHealth Provider Access Improvement Grant Program (PAIGP) awards grants to help MassHealth providers improve accessibility and outcomes for patients

Boston, MA (November 10, 2021): The MassHealth Provider Access Improvement Grant Program (PAIGP) recently announced the 61 recipients of the PAIGP 2021 Cycle 3 grant awards. PAIGP award funding, which totaled over $1.84M, will be distributed among these eligible MassHealth Fee-for-Service providers to help increase access to healthcare and improve outcomes for patients with disabilities,… Read more »

MA COVID-19 Community Grants issues Request for Proposals (RFP) for Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Serving Organizations

On behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Health Resources in Action has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Serving Organizations (TIPSO) serving Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives, Pacific Islanders, and Indigenous Peoples as a part of the Massachusetts COVID-19 Community Grants Program. Specifically, this RFP seeks proposals that will… Read more »

Engaging Communities as Experts throughout the Assessment Process

Best practices in assessment call for thoughtful, authentic collaboration with the community at every step of the process, from project design to dissemination of findings. However, it can be all too easy to send out a survey or host a focus group and call it community engagement. That approach may elicit feedback from community members,… Read more »

Hands-On Youth Development STEM Program in the Age of COVID-19: The LEAH Knox Scholars Program

The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically changed the landscape of STEM-based youth development programs in 2020. Public health directives prohibited in-person laboratory experiences for high school students, resulting in many STEM programs significantly adjusting or cancelling their activities. This posed a challenge for the LEAH Knox Scholars (LKS), a compensated summer enrichment program that provides an immersive biology… Read more »

A Ride to Recovery: Wheels of Hope brings options to residents of the Merrimack Valley

“Wheels of Hope has been successful because of the commitment and effort of all those involved…[W]e see the impact of this month to month as rides continue to increase across the [Merrimack] Valley.” – Cindy Lopez, Program Manager for the MA Helpline & Wheels of Hope Every September, folks in the substance use space observe… Read more »

Healing is Essential to Liberation

The article below originally appeared on Medium.com on 6/13/2021, reprinted and lightly edited with permission from the author. As I learn more about the teachings of Black feminists like bell hooks and Audre Lorde, I see the importance of healing to the liberation — freedom of oppression and constant presence of self-determination — of Black… Read more »

Juneteenth: Reflect and Celebrate

June 19th is Juneteenth, a holiday that marks a pivotal moment in our American history. This day commemorates the day the Emancipation Proclamation was recognized in Texas, specifically Galveston, TX on June 19, 1865 – more than two years after it had been enacted. This holiday represents the moment when the Emancipation Proclamation reached every… Read more »

Reflecting on the No Menthol. Know Why. campaign

a picture of Lauren Ansong dePass

Today (June 1, 2021) marks one year since Massachusetts’ flavored tobacco ban went into effect. The following reflection was written by HRiA staff member Lauren Ansong dePass, a Black woman who leads and contributes to many HRiA programs including the Fight All Flavors/No Menthol. Know Why. Campaigns that mobilized communities in support of the ban, as well… Read more »

Root Causes: Going Past Social Determinants

Decades of racist policies enforcing racist systems have created an environment in which Black communities suffer from high rates of infection and death from COVID-19, police brutality, and economic hardship. Since all these issues have a direct effect on community health, public health professionals are presented with a question that has needed an answer for… Read more »

Grant Opportunity For BIPOC Communities Impacted By COVID-19. Apply by April 19th.

Grants of $10,000 to $50,000 are now available to 501(c)(3) community-based organizations and faith-based organizations (and other groups with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor) who serve the communities impacted by COVID-19 in Massachusetts. The goal of COVID-19 Community Grants is to reduce COVID-19 infections, morbidity, and mortality among Black, Latinx, and other people of color in target communities including Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, New… Read more »

HRiA presentations at the Annual Meeting of APHA 2020

In October 2020, HRiA staff members participated in the first all virtual annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA). These presentations illustrate some of our work in training, capacity building, community engagement, and evaluation around topic areas including gun violence prevention, harm reduction, substance use prevention education, and tobacco legislation. Read the abstracts… Read more »

Announcing the Inaugural Awardees of the MA Community Health and Healthy Aging Funds

In September 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced the first round of awardees for its Massachusetts Community Health and Healthy Aging Funds (known as “The Funds”). The Funds, established in 2018 as part of a landmark revision of the Determination of Need (DoN) regulations, are intentionally invested throughout the Commonwealth to disrupt and… Read more »

How Philanthropic Investments Can Drive Progress toward Health and Racial Equity

Nineequa Blanding

“We know what works. We know what will center the humanity and dignity and ensure that Black folks are not just surviving but thriving . . . But we don’t fund it.” US Rep. Ayanna Pressley, MA-07 In this powerful quote, Rep. Ayanna Pressley is highlighting two important ways philanthropy and other sectors can drive… Read more »

MassHealth Provider Access Improvement Grant Program (PAIGP) awards a second round of grants to help MassHealth providers improve accessibility and outcomes for patients

Boston, MA (October 29, 2020): The MassHealth Provider Access Improvement Grant Program (PAIGP) recently announced the 65 recipients of the 2020 Cycle 2 PAIGP grant awards. In total, PAIGP will award over $2M to help these providers increase access to healthcare and improve outcomes for patients with disabilities, or for whom English is not a… Read more »

Get Out The Vote!

Election day (November 3, 2020) is just weeks away, and early voting has already begun in several states. To mark the start of early voting Massachusetts (tomorrow, October 17th), HRiA has put together this special edition blog post about the power of voting, the history of voter suppression, and what we can do to get… Read more »

Moving Towards Justice in Maternal Health: a NMHPN Virtual Symposium

Please join the National Maternal Health PCOR Network (NMHPN) for a virtual symposium: Moving Towards Justice in Maternal Health: A Roadmap for Action Join us on October 14th, 21st, and 28th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm ET as we discuss maternal justice and the key systems that impact maternal health. The goal of the symposium is… Read more »

Grant Opportunity for Communities Impacted by COVID-19. Apply by October 14th.

Grants of $10,000 to $50,000 are now available to 501(c)(3) community-based organizations and faith-based organizations (and other groups with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor) who serve the communities impacted by COVID-19 in Massachusetts. The goal of COVID-19 Community Grants is to reduce COVID-19 infections, morbidity, and mortality among Black, Latinx, and other people of color in… Read more »

Responding to Racism: A Call to Reflect, Act, and Transform Society

mural of George Floyd

Health Resources in Action denounces the police brutality and the murders of black people in this country and grieves the recent, senseless killing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and so many others. While our national attention is rightly focused on these deaths and protests, we have to use this moment in… Read more »

Social Distancing and Recovery from Substance Use

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has initiated drastic public response, including calls for social distancing and self-quarantine for those who may be ill. For most, these steps are an inconvenience. But for our most vulnerable, social distancing can spell trouble. Children who rely on schools for food may go hungry. People and families in crowded shelters… Read more »

The Power of Community: Reflecting on the Youth Work Intensive Conference

Tonayo Crow is an Administrative Coordinator in Training and Capacity Building at HRiA and a key member of the planning team for the Youth Work Intensive Conference. She has graciously shared the follow reflection on the conference from her perspective. After six years on hiatus, the Youth Work Intensive (YWI) Conference returned in full force… Read more »

Fight All Flavors: reflections from the team

The Fight All Flavors campaign was an incredible effort and significant victory against the tobacco industry’s harmful tactics targeting youth and communities of color. Massachusetts is now the first state in the U.S. to ban all flavors of combustible tobacco and vapes, including menthol, mint and wintergreen flavors. HRiA and its many partners, particularly the… Read more »

Reflections on a visit from Dr. Camara Jones

On Tuesday, January 28th, Dr. Camara Jones visited HRiA for a presentation and discussion on racism with staff and board members. The session was held in the conference room named in her honor. Dr. Jones enthralled us with her most well-known allegories, followed by an engaging discussion on the levels of racism, identifying how racism… Read more »

Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 2020 Cycle 2 MassHealth Provider Access Improvement Grant Program (PAIGP) released

The Provider Access Improvement Grant Program (PAIGP), funded by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services and managed by Health Resources in Action, is now accepting proposals on PAIGP.org. PAIGP aims to help eligible MassHealth providers increase access to healthcare and improve outcomes for patients with disabilities, or for whom English is not… Read more »

HRiA’s Carly Caminiti wins 2019 Blake Cady Award for tobacco control

by Kira Jamieson, age 16 In late 2019, HRiA’s Carly Caminiti received a prestigious award in honor of her youth advocacy work for tobacco control. We asked Kira Jamieson, one of the many talented young people that Carly has worked with over the years, to interview her for this blog. Kira joined The 84 in 2019 and has… Read more »

A letter from HRiA President Steven Ridini

Dear HRiA friends and colleagues,  Happy New Year to you all! January affords us the opportunity to reflect on the past year and set goals for the future. As we begin this new decade, I’d like to take a moment to think back on HRiA’s accomplishments and our path ahead. One of the most significant… Read more »