News & Updates

  • HRiA and the MA Alliance of Community Health Workers are working together

    HRiA and the MA Alliance of Community Health Workers are working together

    This summer, HRiA became the fiscal home for the Massachusetts Alliance of Community Health Workers (MACHW). HRiA is pleased to support the important work of Community Health Workers and a mission that aligns with our own, and welcomes Lisette Blondet. Over its 17-year history, MACHW has advocated for policies and programs that promote best practices… Read more »

  • HRiA expands substance use disorder work

    HRiA expands substance use disorder work

    HRiA was awarded a contract with the State of Illinois to run their Opioid Assistance and Recovery Services (OARS) Hotline – the first of its kind in the state. Like the rest of the country, Illinois has experienced an upward trend in opioid-related emergency department visits, hospital admissions, and overdose deaths, while administration of naloxone… Read more »

  • HRiA awarded NIH Science Education Partners Award grant

    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 »

  • New Report: Positive childhood experiences make for healthier adults

    Several years ago, I attended a meeting about providing home visitors and other supports to young parents and their children. During the break, the charismatic leader of a wonderful program talked to me about her frustrations: Her staff spent their days with the young families screening for problems like domestic violence, depression, drug and alcohol… Read more »

  • A focus on ZIP code brings new partners together

    In the last few years, striking data visualizations have demonstrated what many already knew: The places where people live, work, learn, play, and pray impact the health of communities.  In fact, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Time to Act: Investing in the Health of Our Children and Communities states that when it comes to… Read more »

  • Assessing public health and health care trends in an uncertain time

    Spending even a moment watching the news, scanning social media, or reading a newspaper will reveal a new story about the potential policy and budgetary directions of public health and health care. It is an uncertain time and even more essential now for organizations committed to population health to be innovative, flexible, and nimble while… Read more »

  • NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Pipeline to Proposal Tier A Awards   

    NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Pipeline to Proposal Tier A Awards   

    PCORI is seeking Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) for Tier A projects through their Pipeline to Proposal (P2P) Awards Initiative. This program supports the development of research ideas and proposals designed by partnerships of patients, caregivers, and other healthcare stakeholders. The deadline for submitting a letter of inquiry is Thursday, April 20, 2017. Full details are available… Read more »

  • From patient health to population health: The changing landscape

    Public health professionals have long understood that controlling health care costs is largely dependent on improving the health of communities. Healthcare organizations, while supporting the principle that community health improvement is good for society, have played less of a role in addressing issues that impact the public’s health. There are many reasons for this, including… Read more »

  • HRiA’s FAST strategic planning process: Maximizing impact, engagement, and efficiency

    Organizations and community partnerships know strategic planning is critical to better performance, engagement, and quality improvement. Yet many face the reality that planning is time consuming and costly. HRiA’s FAST approach to Facilitating Alignment and Strategic Thinking builds consensus, uses data to inform collective action, and aligns efforts to maximize impact. FAST is an intensive… Read more »

  • Using the FAST Approach to Enhance the Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts

    Using the FAST Approach to Enhance the Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts

    In June 2016, HRiA facilitated a FAST rapid strategic planning process for the Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts (WWCMA). WWCMA is a membership organization offering resources and networking opportunities to help members cultivate and sustain a culture of health and wellness for employees and their families across Massachusetts. HRiA worked with the WWCMA board to… Read more »

  • HRiA co-hosts first statewide Health Impact Assessment conference

    “It’s the job of public health to tell the truth about what creates health.” Conference keynote speaker, Jeanne Ayers, the Chief Health Equity Strategist for the Minnesota Department of Health inspired the room full of professionals. On December 8, 2016, over 100 people came together at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston for an important… Read more »

  • Developing a Racially Diverse Biomedical Research Workforce

    There are stark gaps in life expectancy, disease incidence, and health status among different racial and ethnic groups in the United States. While social determinants of health play an undeniably large role in both race and class discrepancies, HRiA’s new Policy & Practice Report explores another contributing factor. Developing a Racially Diverse Biomedical Research Workforce… Read more »

  • EPA Recognizes HRiA’s Asthma Regional Council with National Award

    Health Resources in Action’s Asthma Regional Council (ARC) has been awarded the National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the New England Asthma Innovation Collaborative project. ARC was one of only four awardees nationally. ARC established the New England Asthma Innovation Collaborative (NEAIC) in 2012 with a Centers for… Read more »

  • Working with Young People in Response to Opioid Crisis

    Working with Young People in Response to Opioid Crisis

    HRiA has recently engaged in two new projects with young people related to the opioid crisis striking the state. Peer Leadership Preventing Substance Abuse Justice Resource Institute has hired Health Resources in Action to train youth in the Peer Leadership Preventing Substance Abuse curricula. The youth will be coming from five of JRI’s youth group… Read more »

  • JAMA Study Finds Gender Gap in Biomedical Research Funding

    Men Scientists Received More Than Twice the Startup Funding of Women A study by Health Resources in Action’s Medical Foundation published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) finds that women received significantly less financial support from biomedical research institutions than men early in their careers. The study, focused on a group… Read more »

  • HRiA Releases New Community Toolkit on Water Fluoridation

    Despite its proven effectiveness at promoting oral health in a safe, cost-effective, and equitable manner, water fluoridation cannot win on its scientific merits alone. Unfounded claims and half-truths promoted by a very small but vocal, well-organized minority opposed to water fluoridation have prompted a longstanding, heated political discourse. Health Resources in Action (HRiA) has piloted… Read more »

  • HRiA Leads Multi-Million Dollar Evaluation Effort in South Texas

    In evaluation efforts, Health Resources in Action (HRiA) employs a vigorous scientific approach while also building the capacity of organizations to integrate evaluation into their work. This is true for HRiA’s newest project, a $2.75 million evaluation of SÍ Texas: Social Innovation for a Healthy South Texas. SÍ Texas, based in San Antonio, is sponsored by the… Read more »

  • HRiA Responds to the Opioid Epidemic in Massachusetts

    HRiA Responds to the Opioid Epidemic in Massachusetts

    Since 1996, HRiA has operated the Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline, providing free and confidential information and referrals for alcohol and other drug abuse problems. The Helpline is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, and is staffed by experienced, certified Information and Referral Specialists with access… Read more »