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COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Initiative: Massachusetts Community Health Workers for Resilient Communities Program

A program to place community health workers in clinical-care settings and local boards of health to support COVID-19 response and vaccination and build short- and long-term community recovery and resilience.

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Description

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is partnering with 10 organizations to implement a new program, the Massachusetts Community Health Workers for Resilient Communities (MA CRC) Program. Over 3 years, the MA CRC will distribute $10.65 million to 10 community partners in 9 priority communities.

Beginning in January 2022, funds will be used to place community health workers (CHWs) in clinical care settings and local boards of health. Program activities will focus on the training and deployment of community health workers to respond to the immediate needs of communities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and to build community resilience to protect against inequities in future emergencies.

Specific efforts

  • Community Health Workers in Community-Based Clinical Care
    • Places community health workers (CHWs) in primary care settings in 10 partner organizations (2 CHWs per site)
    • Promotes COVID-19 vaccination, education, and prevention
    • Supports efforts to address health-related social needs and provide links to social services, such as transportation, housing, and food security
    • Will facilitate the re-engagement of patients in primary care who may have become disengaged due to the pandemic
  • Community Health Workers in Local Boards of Health
    • Places community health workers in the local board of health in the same city/town as the clinical partner organization (1 CHW per partner, with seven participating partners)
    • Utilizes collaboration with community coalitions to build long-term community resilience and protect against inequities in future emergencies
    • Supports efforts to address food systems, built environment (such as housing), and other social factors impacting health
  • Establish a Community Health Workers COVID Action Collaborative
    • Includes representatives from the State Office of Community Health Workers, the State Office of Local and Regional Health, the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, and the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers
    • Supports the implementation, administration, and evaluation of the MA CRC program

 

Amount $10.65M ($3.55M per year for 3 years)
Relevant dates Funding to begin January 2022

 

Program funding

Partner Organization

Funding Amount

Municipality Served

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program*

$400,000

Boston

Whittier Street Health Center

$250,000

Boston

Brockton Neighborhood Health Center* 

$400,000

Brockton

MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center* 

$400,000

Chelsea

Cambridge Health Alliance - Everett Care Center* 

$400,000

Everett

Cambridge Health Alliance -  Malden Care Center* 

$400,000

Malden

Cambridge Health Alliance - Revere Care Center* 

$400,000

Revere

Lowell Community Health Center 

$250,000

Lowell

Baystate Health and Caring Health Center 

$250,000

Springfield

Family Health Center of Worcester* 

$400,000

Worcester

 

(*Indicates partners who will place community health workers in the local board of health, in addition to the primary care setting.)

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