Author: Karen Schoneman

HRiA supports ban of flavored tobacco products and launches Fight All Flavors campaign

Health Resources in Action is part of a powerful statewide movement in Massachusetts to address health inequities and seize the momentum across the Commonwealth to mobilize communities about the impacts of flavored tobacco. For decades, the tobacco industry has targeted Black communities with predatory marketing of mentholated products. That deliberate marketing continues today with heavy… Read more »

HRiA welcomes Nineequa Blanding as new HRiA Vice President

Nineequa Blanding joins Health Resources in Action as Vice President of grantmaking, overseeing community health grantmaking in partnership with health care, governmental, and community-based clients, as well as the growth of biomedical research grantmaking through The Medical Foundation. Ms. Blanding brings expertise in program planning, grantmaking, research, and evaluation in academia, health care, and local… Read more »

HRiA co-hosts Public Health Breakfast Roundtable

On July 24th, HRiA co-hosted with the Massachusetts Public Health Association and the Medical Legal Partnership Boston a Public Health Leaders Breakfast Roundtable with Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu. The listening session included public health and organizational leaders around the city representing healthcare, housing, community development, philanthropy, advocacy, and other sectors that play a critical… Read more »

New grant program launched for MassHealth providers to improve patient access: Proposals due no later than July 26, 2019

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. PAIGP aims to help eligible MassHealth providers increase access to healthcare and improve outcomes for patients with disabilities, and for whom English is not a primary… Read more »

Nothing for us without us: Peer-based recovery is the latest in a long history of consumer-driven movements

A growing movement is revolutionizing how we approach substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and view recovery – changing our language, helping to remove stigma, and celebrating the hard work of maintaining sobriety. HRiA has guided people in Massachusetts to treatment and recovery resources through the Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline for over 22 years. In that time,… Read more »

Just released: Springboard to Active Schools resources to integrate physical activity into classrooms

Springboard to Active Schools, a collaborative initiative between HRiA, the National Network of Public Health Institutes, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a set of new resources for educators to help integrate physical activity into the classroom. These resources will help schools use evidence-based strategies to incorporate classroom physical activity and… Read more »

Health Resources in Action (HRiA) Position Statement in Support of Ballot Question 3: Maintaining Transgender Protections in Public Places

Among transgender respondents of a national survey: [1] 40% have attempted suicide in their lifetime, nearly nine times the rate in the U.S. population (4.6%). 30% of respondents who had a job in the past year reported being fired, denied a promotion, or experiencing some other form of mistreatment related to their gender identity or… Read more »

Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline highlighted in Governor’s press event at HRiA

HRiA and the Helpline hosted a press event on October 18 highlighting the Commonwealth’s aggressive response to the opioid epidemic and substance use disorder, featuring speakers Governor Charlie Baker, Secretary Marylou Sudders of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and Commissioner Monica Bharel of the MA Department of Public Health. They spoke of… Read more »

Project Here launches new substance use prevention app for middle school students

Project Here, funded by the GE Foundation and the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, promotes social-emotional learning and empowers middle school students to make healthy decisions. HRIA serves as a fiscal sponsor and program manager to Project Here. On September 17, 2018, Project Here staff and partners participated in press conference at the Massachusetts… Read more »

HRiA becomes an approved vendor for MassHealth Accountable Care Organizations technical assistance services

Friday, September 21st was the kick-off event for the MassHealth Accountable Care Organizations and Community Partners technical assistance (TA) program. HRiA was announced as one of the approved TA providers offering services through the Massachusetts Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program. As health care system and payment reform has required multiple stakeholders to evolve and… Read more »

Celebrating 60 years of impact

Sixty years after our founding, Health Resources in Action continues to carry out its original mission to support medical research and health education – albeit in terms and approaches that continue to evolve with the times. HRiA was originally founded in 1957 as “The Medical Foundation of Metropolitan Boston” by founding partners including the Massachusetts… Read more »

Project Here substance use prevention initiative launches

The Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, along with the GE Foundation, HRiA, Epicenter Experience, and The Herren Project, launched the website and registration for Project Here on October 30. The public-private initiative will provide educational resources to schools to protect young people from substance use and address the opioid epidemic. HRiA serves as fiscal… Read more »

HRiA awarded NIH Science Education Partners Award grant

Health Resources in Action has received a five-year, $1.25 million Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health (NIH) to expand its LEAH STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education program for Boston and Cambridge public high school students. Health Resources in Action (HRiA), in… Read more »