The Health Foundation recently awarded planning grants for four Health Care and Health Promotion Synergy Initiative projects totaling almost $800,000. These are three- to five-year projects that move from a planning year to a pilot year to full implementation.

The Health Foundation also awarded Implementation grants of just over $700,000 for three Health Care and Health Promotion Synergy Initiative projects.

ReImagine North of Main (Implementation, Year 5) — To improve the quality of life in a section of Fitchburg, MA through economic and neighborhood development and community engagement to transform the area into one where both current and future residents and businesses want to live, work, play, and invest. $170,243 to Fitchburg State University (Fitchburg, MA).

Worcester Healthy Environments and Resiliency in Schools (HEARS) (Implementation, Year 5) — To provide students in the Worcester Public Schools with improved access to care, improved mental health resources and safer school environments. $100,000 to the Worcester Public Schools (Worcester, MA).

Worcester Regional Food Hub (Implementation, Year 4) — To improve the regional food system by strengthening sustainable agriculture and promoting healthy eating. $446,746 to the Worcester Area Business Education Foundation (Central MA).