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Public Meeting Notice Public Meeting Notice for the Preventive Health and Human Services Block Grant — June 23, 2022

Thursday, June 23, 2022
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Posted: June 21, 2022 8:44 a.m.

Overview of Public Meeting Notice for the Preventive Health and Human Services Block Grant — June 23, 2022

This meeting will be held via Microsoft teams.

Teams information

Phone information

  • 1-857-327-9245
  • Conference ID number: 750 299 003#

Written comments can also be made to:

Elizabeth Barry
Deputy Director
Bureau of Community Health & Prevention
250 Washington Street, Floor 5
Boston, MA 02108

This hearing provides a forum for Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant funded agencies as well as other public health professionals and consumers to share their thoughts with the Department concerning Program priorities. I encourage you to participate on June 23, 2022.

Additional information

The Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant was established in 1981 as a flexible way for states to address priority health concerns focused on healthy people objectives and prevention initiatives.

The grant has been a key mechanism utilized by Massachusetts to achieve the three Public Health Core Functions: Assessment, Policy, and Assurance.

The Block Grant assures the infrastructure is in place both at the state and community level to address the ten Essential Public Health Services. These funds are the foundation upon which other services and initiatives are built. This funding, integrated with both state and other federal funding, assures that Massachusetts can continue to address the disparities which exist in health outcomes and maintain core public health activities such as assessment and sanitation.

The State used the following criteria to select projects from MDPH Offices and Bureaus for allocation of funding in Federal FY2022:

  • Healthy People 2030 objectives
  • Compliance with Maintenance of Effort requirements
  • Focus on primary and secondary prevention
  • Consistent with State Health Assessment Plan (SHIP)
  • Focus on building/maintaining public health infrastructure

Program goals are briefly outlined along with the estimated allocation of funding:

  • Public Health Infrastructure – Increase the capacity of individuals, organizations, and teams to build healthier communities across the Commonwealth through investing in the public health workforce that coordinates and supports our public health programs, services, and resources. Additionally, to improve public health data infrastructure by investing in MDPHnet, vital records, the Massachusetts Ambulance Trip Record Information system, the Trauma Registry system, the Equity and Population Health project, and other tools to improve data availability and online access – $1,713,212
  • Nutrition and Weight Status – Lower the risk of chronic disease by supporting equitable food access and active living opportunities in cities and towns in Massachusetts while addressing health disparities – $930,033
  • Educational and Community-Based Programs – Provide education and training designed to increase the capacity and skills of community health leaders and stakeholders, enabling them to build and sustain coalitions and partnerships that support healthy communities and improve health outcomes across the Commonwealth – $563,128
  • Injury and Violence Prevention – Support sexual assault prevention and survivor services by building their capacity to provide culturally competent services to all survivors, especially underserved and disparate populations – $520,460
  • Health Communication and Health Information Technology – Address health disparities across a broad spectrum of health conditions by providing effective public health messaging across the Commonwealth to help residents protect and improve their health – $56,005

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