Thursday, November 17, 2011

MGH Chelsea receives Home Visiting grant from DPH

$305,000 grant is renewable for up to five years

Contact: Susan Leahy, Communications Manager

(617) 643-5288




$305,000 grant is renewable for up to five years

CHELSEA November 15, 2011-- The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has awarded MGH Chelsea Community Health Improvement and Adolescent and Pediatrics a $305,000 grant, renewable for up to five-years, to expand home visiting services to vulnerable and isolated new mothers and families.

This grant builds on the Visiting Moms program that the MGH Chelsea Community Health Improvement Team has operated for nine years.  The goals of the new MGH Chelsea program model are to help families achieve stability and healthy outcomes for the children, mothers and families and to reduce child abuse and neglect. Healthy Families home visitors will serve as role models, demonstrating how to adapt to a new country/culture and to nurture and bond with children. Additionally, Healthy Steps specialists, along with pediatricians, will reinforce child development milestones and support parents learning and problem solving, at all well baby visits.  Staff in the new program represent many cultures and speak Spanish, Portuguese, Somali and Swahili.

Chelsea ranks fourth in Massachusetts for low birth weight, infant mortality, teen pregnancies and in indicators of poor maternal and child health outcomes. This grant is one of only five grants awarded in the state, and is the first in the country to blend the Healthy Steps and Healthy Families models.

About the Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI)

CCHI carries out its work in Chelsea, Revere, and Charlestown, where MGH has maintained healthcare centers for more than 40 years, as well as in Boston among youth, homeless persons and seniors. CCHI has partnered with the communities it serves to assess needs and create more than 35 programs that:

  • Reduce and prevent substance abuse and violence
  • Tackle the obesity epidemic by increasing access to healthy food and physical activity
  • Increase access to care for vulnerable populations such as immigrants and refugees, seniors, and homeless people
  • Prevent and detect cancers early in order to improve health outcomes
  • Generate interest in science and health careers among youth


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