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MacKenzie Scott and Yield Giving bestow unrestricted gift to Health Resources in Action (HRiA)

Health Resources in Action (HRiA) receives $10 million unrestricted gift from MacKenzie Scott & Yield Giving Initiative.

Health Resources in Action (HRiA) has received a $10M unrestricted gift from MacKenzie Scott through the Yield Giving Initiative. “This gift is an incredible recognition of the collaborative work HRiA does with our community partners and clients to transform practices, policies, and systems to enable individuals to thrive in more equitable and just communities,” said Steven Ridini, HRiA… 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 »

HRiA applauds AG Healey for her leadership in exposing tobacco and nicotine industry predatory marketing tactics

Last July, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced that her office began investigating Juul Labs, Inc. and other online e-cigarette retailers that sell JUUL over concerns about the marketing and sale of electronic smoking devices and products to youth. On February 12, 2020, members of HRiA’s Fight All Flavors team and young people from The 84 attended a press conference at… 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 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 »

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 »

New resource launched! Clearing the Air: An Asthma Toolkit for Healthy Schools

Clearing the Air

In any given classroom, at least two or three students are likely to have asthma. Children experiencing asthma symptoms often stay home from school or struggle to participate. Clearing the Air: An Asthma Toolkit for Healthy Schools is a new toolkit containing sample policy language, best practices, and curated resources & tools to help schools… Read more »

Hospitals in community partnerships for community health improvement: What’s working

Abby Atkins and Mary V. Davis As the fields of health care and public health have been evolving dramatically since the Affordable Care Act, it’s important to take a meaningful look at the progress that partnerships between hospitals, public health, and community stakeholders have made to improve community health. With support from the Robert Wood… 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 »

The LEAH Project Awarded Project Innovation Grant

Students of Project LEAH pose with the oversize Project Innovation grant check.

The Leaders through Education, Action, and Hope (LEAH) Project of HRiA is pleased to be the recipient of a $40,000 Project Innovation grant. Project Innovation is a competitive grant program presented locally by NBC10 Boston, Telemundo Boston, and NECN in partnership with the NBCUniversal Foundation. It recognizes non-profit organizations that are using innovative solutions to… Read more »

HRiA co-hosts informational breakfast with State Senator Julian Cyr

Three men and a woman pose and smile for a photo.

HRiA, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA), co-hosted an informational breakfast with State Senator Julian Cyr, a key public health ally in the Massachusetts State Senate. The breakfast session gave leaders from public and private institutions an opportunity to share their top public health priorities with the senator, in his second term… 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 »

Boston Medical Center partners with HRiA to improve health through stable housing investment

Boston Medical Center is embarking on a groundbreaking four-year initiative to increase housing stability in Boston in partnership with multiple organizations and agencies throughout Boston, including Health Resources in Action, the Boston Alliance for Community Health (BACH), and the Center for Community Health Education Research and Service (CCHERS). Recognizing that stable housing is a significant… 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 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

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 »