January 19, 2020
Greater Lowell Health Alliance Grants $145K to Nine Nonprofits

November 8, 2019 — The Greater Lowell Health Alliance, a Lowell-based nonprofit consortium of healthcare providers, business leaders, educators, and civic and community leaders working to identify and address health and wellness priorities, recently awarded grants totaling $145,000 to nine area nonprofits.

The Greater Lowell Health Alliance said the grants aim to address issues relating to access to healthy food, asthma, mental health, physical activity, social determinants of health, and substance use and prevention.

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • The Center for Hope and Healing, Lowell: $30,000 for a year-long pilot program to build the capacity of an education environment to become a positive social environment for the health and wellbeing of LGBQ/T youth—especially youth of color.

  • Greater Lowell Community Foundation, Lowell: $20,000, in partnership with Respiratory Delivery Systems Inc., to make two 510k FDA-approved asthma medicine delivery devices available free of charge to schoolchildren in need in the Greater Lowell area.

  • Lowell Community Health Center, Lowell: $25,000 to train frontline health workers to address significant social determinants of health.

  • Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust, Lowell: $20,000 to complete the Concord River Greenway and extend the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail into Lowell under the Lowell Connector.

  • The Megan House Foundation, Lowell: $10,000 to support a staff development program addressing a range of mental health issues will strengthen program delivery and ultimately improve residents’ potential for sustained recovery.

  • Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Lowell: $5,000 to support Operation Nourish, which addresses the nutritional needs of children who struggle with hunger, especially on weekends, when they can’t count on breakfast and lunch at school.

  • The Nan Project, Lexington: $15,000 to support expansion of its peer-to-peer mental health awareness and suicide prevention programming to young adults in the Greater Lowell area.

  • Thrive Communities, Lowell: $10,000 to launch Spanish-language community trainings and Circles of Support and Accountability to better support native Spanish-speakers who are transitioning from incarceration.

  • Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, Lowell: $10,000 to expand PrideSide Lowell, which provides therapeutic support groups for youth from 12-18 years who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+).
“Since launching last year, the Lowell PrideSide team has worked to connect youth and allies and decrease mental health stigma among this population,” said Eric Masi, chief executive officer of Wayside. “We started PrideSide Lowell to address the need for LGBTQ+ services and a safe space to connect with peers and adults and thanks to GLHA we will continue to provide a place to be seen, heard and understood.”

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