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Mobilizing Health Care for a Hunger Free Massachusetts Grant Application

Across Massachusetts, communities, non-profits and corporations are engaging differently to solve complex social problems, like the opioid epidemic, lack of affordable housing, barriers to health care, the mental health crisis and underemployment. Food security plays an integral role in promoting health and must be part of the conversation. Accelerating awareness about food security is a critical factor in generating solutions to hunger.

To capture the momentum generated by “Mobilizing Health Care for a Hunger Free Massachusetts,” a statewide convening held on July 9, 2019, we are asking you to continue this conversation and strategy in your own communities.

The Hunger to Health Collaboratory (H2HC) is announcing a statewide call to action to understand the ways in which improving food security and eradicating hunger among the general population fit with concurrent prevention efforts that address the social determinants of health in your communities.

Our goal is to encourage ongoing dialogue that generates sustainable and localized action throughout the Commonwealth to connect health outcomes and food security. We support local and regional approaches to the prevention of poor health consequences related to hunger and the promotion of positive health outcomes driven by reliable access to healthy food. Your efforts will provide data that will inform policy and decision makers to support mobilization efforts toward a Hunger Free and Healthy Massachusetts.

Opportunity:

H2HC will provide grants up to $5,000 to support H2H Community Convenings and/or ongoing sustainable efforts through which diverse stakeholders will work together to:

  • Identify existing preventive strategies focused on food insecurity and hunger;
  • Engage leaders in the health care sector and other community stakeholders in the development and implementation of effective preventive approaches;
  • Map the relationship between local prevention efforts that address other social determinants of health and those addressing food insecurity and hunger;
  • Create a set of recommendations based on what is working and what is needed to fill hunger and food insecurity gaps.

Process:

  1. Complete and electronically submit Grant Application by 5:00 PM, Friday August 16 2019 online
  2. Requests will be reviewed by H2HC Collaboratory members.
  3. Decisions will be announced Monday, September 16, 2019.
  4. Convenings to take place before the end of September 2020.

Who is Eligible:

  • Non-profit organizations or coalitions knowledgeable about and engaged in community-based efforts to address the social determinants of health.

Expectations and Deliverables for effective use of grants:

  • At least one (1) convening of a diverse and inclusive group of multi-sector stakeholders will be conducted.
  • A focus of the convening will be on prevention strategies.
  • A report or summary of new opportunities, which are complementary and additive to existing activities.
  • Willingness to participate in follow up activities as needed to coordinate statewide initiatives.
  • Advance in a measurable way work of an ongoing project or initiative addressing the relationship between clinical care and the social determinants of health.

For questions & further information, please reach out to Tallen Sloane, Manager of the Hunger to Health Collaboratory at hungertohealth@gbfb.org

Mobilizing Health Care for a Hunger Free Massachusetts Grant Application

Please submit applications electronically by 5:00 PM Friday, August 16, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
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