With the establishment of the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund in July 2012, the Massachusetts Legislature set forth a challenge to communities across the Commonwealth: reduce health care costs by preventing chronic conditions.
The Trust supports community-based partnerships including municipalities, healthcare systems, businesses, regional planning organizations, and schools. These groups work together to provide research-based interventions that will:
- reduce rates of the most prevalent and preventable health conditions;
- increase healthy behaviors;
- increase the adoption of workplace-based wellness or health management programs; and
- address health disparities.
The strategies partnerships engage in must be evidence-based and they must show measurable results in a short timeframe.
The Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund Advisory Board has guided the Department of Public Health in crafting a Response for Requests (RFR) that focuses on four priority health conditions: pediatric asthma, hypertension, tobacco, and falls among older adults. Applicants will also be able to propose interventions for obesity, diabetes, substance abuse, oral health and mental health/depression. For each of these conditions, applicants will be required to develop interventions in three domains including community, clinical and community-clinical linkages.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is responsible for administering the Trust under the guidance of an advisory board. The advisory board meets regularly. Meeting agendas and minutes are posted on Mass.gov.
Communities interested in applying for grants through the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund must follow a competitive, formal RFR process:
The Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund RFR is posted on Comm-Pass under document number 402017.
A video of the bidders’ conference for the RFR is available by clicking here: