Brookview receives $412K in grants to improve health equity outcomes for families in need
Brookview House

June 22, 2022 — Brookview House, a nonprofit that provides families experiencing homelessness with safe housing and supportive services announced that it has received four grants totaling $412,000 aimed at improving health equity outcomes for the primarily BIPOC populations Brookview serves, including families experiencing homelessness and low-income families in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generous support of these esteemed healthcare organizations,” said Deborah Hughes, president and CEO of Brookview House. “The focus of these grants demonstrates their understanding of the community’s needs, their commitment to addressing the inequities and quality of healthcare for everyone, and the urgent need to provide a range of supports for our youth. The impact they’ll have will improve people’s lives and the community as a whole.”

The four health equity-focused grants include:

MA Department of Public Health’s Community Innovation in Responding to Adolescent and Young Adult Substance Abuse Grant (multi-year grant of $112k per year): Grant expands Brookview’s existing youth development programs to create a multidisciplinary prevention and intervention team­ covering Health & Wellness, Youth Services, Adult services, and Youth Advisory Board. Brookview’s aim is to offer creative, nonjudgmental strategies that meet youth ‘where they are at’ and match behavioral health services and resources with level of motivation.

Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DCFI) Community - Clinical Linkage Grant through DCFI ‘Access to Services’ (One-year grant of $50k): The grant serves to advance health equity, mitigate social determinants of health, and improve health and wellbeing for individuals with cancer and other chronic conditions. Brookview will use the grant to host wellness events and health screenings, vaccine clinics, and a block party/health fair.

The Boston Children’s Collaboration for Community – Healthy Youth Development Initiative (Three-year grant, $50K per year): This project expands Brookview’s multidisciplinary prevention and intervention model – youth development programs, behavioral health and wellness, family services, and housing – as a strategy to improve behavioral health for Black and Latinx children and youth experiencing and at risk of homelessness.

Blue Cross Blue Shield and CareQuest Institute for Oral Health (CareQuest Institute) – Racial Justice in Health (Two-year grant, $50K per year): Brookview will enhance its advocacy capacity and build a cohesive framework for direct service and social justice in health, enabling the organization to serve as a voice for low-income families. It will also provide professional development opportunities to all staff to expand their vision of the agency’s work to include health advocacy, creating a cohesive framework for both direct service, health, and social justice, and enhance their advocacy skills.

Founded in 1990, Brookview is a Black- and Afro-Latina women-led organization that works for justice, equity and systemic change for low-income mothers and children in Boston. Through a two-generation, culturally-responsive approach, Brookview provides housing and a broad range of supportive programs to improve educational achievement, health and wellbeing, and economic independence.