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Community Champion Scholarship 

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of Problem Gambling Services, in partnership with the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), is offering a scholarship program to those looking to expand their knowledge and ability to support those experiencing problem gambling through the Project Build Up program. The goal of the Community Champion Scholarship is to build capacity, promote equity, and provide access to educational opportunities for providers of color. 

Background: DPH promotes the health and well-being of MA residents by ensuring access to high-quality healthcare services, and by focusing on prevention, wellness, and health equity for all people. Within DPH, OPGS leads a public health response to problem gambling, guided by evidence and community voice. Since 2016, OPGS has engaged more than 1,400 community members and has over 40 community partners and is recognized within the field of problem gambling as a national leader in the promotion of equity 

NCPG’s National Conference on Gambling Addiction and Responsible Gambling is the oldest and largest annual conference on these issues. It will be held at the Westin Boston Seaport Hotel in Boston this July. NCPG’s mission is to lead state and national stakeholders in the development of comprehensive policy and programs for all those affected by problem gambling. Their purpose is to serve as the national advocate for programs and services to assist people and families affected by problem gambling. 

Awarded scholars will have an opportunity to participate in several learning opportunities: 

  1. Attendance at the National Conference of Gambling Addiction and Responsible Gambling in Boston, July 21st and 22nd.
    • Attendees may earn up to 16 CEs during the Main Conference.  
    • Includes Welcome Reception and networking the evening of July 20, 2022 as part of the Main Conference.
    • The Conference will follow the City of Boston’s public health guidelines and requirements regarding Covid-19 and the rules regarding vaccination and masking for meetings like the Conference that are current at the time of the event. Please visit Boston.gov to stay updated on any changes in policy from now until the Conference.
    • Includes the in-person Highlight Event for networking at the Boston Tea Party Museum on the evening of July 21, also subject to COVID Event Safety Policy requirements.
    • Includes a $350 travel stipend.
  1. Registration for two NCPG public webinars of choice through Dec. 31, 2022.
    • Attendee is responsible for selecting their webinars and completing registration per instructions that will be sent separately. 
  1. Attendance at 1 PBU Learning Academy.
    • The Learning Academy is a 3-week 7 CEU program focusing on problem gambling in a priority population. Scholars will receive the $500 gift card stipend awarded to those that complete the Learning Academy.  

This scholarship opportunity is open only to those working within the state of Massachusetts. Eligibility includes:  

  1. Independent practitioners  
  1. Clinicians, addiction counselors, social workers, etc.  
  1. Staff at community-based organizations  

Funding is dedicated to CBOs out of government or municipal employees.

Instructions: Each organization applying can be represented by two participants. Applications are due May 13th, for questions please reach out to projectbuildup@hria.org.

Project Build Up is also offering a $50 recruitment stipend. If you recruit someone or multiple people to apply for the scholarship please reach out to projectbuildup@hria.org with the names and organizations of the people you recruited. If they are accepted you will be awarded a $50 gift card.

Awardees will be announced by May 2022.