Restricted Funds

Synergy Initiative Fund

This fund offers donors the opportunity to augment the impact of The Health Foundation’s multi-year efforts addressing complex problems in our community with the goal of taking proven results and advocating for sustainable systems change.

The following are those who have contributed to The Health Foundation Fund to support one of the Foundation’s multi-year grants through the Health Care and Health Promotion Synergy Initiative Fund.

Fred Harris Daniels Foundation: $75,000 over 3 years (2016-2018)

For the Worcester HEARS Supplemental Social Emotional Supports Program to implement MindUP in four elementary schools in Worcester. MindUP is a supplemental social emotional research-based curriculum offered by the Hawn Foundation.

MindUP is a science-centric and evidence-based teaching framework that is grounded in Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Mindful Awareness and Social & Emotional Learning. MindUP has 15 lessons that are brought to life by a teacher in the classroom and provides an immersive discovery experience along with daily practices. MindUP drives positive behavior – improves learning and scholastic performance while increasing empathy, optimism and compassion.

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris Event: Adverse Childhood Experiences on September 19, 2017

For Dr. Burke Harris to address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how to alleviate their impact on children’s health and learning and on their continuing health as adults.

Event sponsors:
  ♦ Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation
  ♦ Bowditch & Dewey, LLP
  ♦ Edward Street Child Services
  ♦ Fallon Health
  ♦ Greater Worcester Community Foundation
  ♦ Guild of St. Agnes
  ♦ The Hanover Insurance Group Foundation
  ♦ Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  ♦ The Health Foundation of Central MA
  ♦ Massachusetts Medical Society
  ♦ Reliant Medical Group
  ♦ St. Vincent Hospital
  ♦ UMass Memorial Healthcare
  ♦ University of Massachusetts Medical School

Dr. Leo and Mrs. Irma Berg Fund

Established in 2004, to honor the memory of Dr. Leo and Mrs. Irma Berg. This fund is dedicated to improving the oral health of those who live or work in Central Massachusetts.

The Gusha Family Oral Health Fund

Established in 2007 by Dr. and Mrs. John Gusha, this fund is dedicated to improving the oral health of those who live or work in Central Massachusetts.