October 18, 2017
 
Six Dorchester Nonprofits Get $600K to Address Health Issues

October 17, 2016 — Tufts Medical Center in Boston recently announced that it has awarded $50,000 to each of six nonprofits in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston—three health centers and three youth programs—to provide an array of services to address substance use disorder and reduce youth violence.

Tufts Medical Center said the grants from its Dorchester Health Initiative were awarded through an open, competitive application process. The health centers will use the grants to focus on substance use disorder, education/prevention, short term treatment, referrals and recovery support. The youth programs will provide an array of services to support positive youth development and youth violence prevention.

Receiving the grants were the following:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester will focus activities on youth violence prevention through the SAVE program - Strategies Against Violence. One hundred and twenty-five youth between the ages of 9 and 18 will be offered skill building activities that will help them develop resiliency and empower them to choose the virtues of good citizenship, civility and peacefulness. (Annual Service Level: 125)

Codman Square Health Center will enhance its expanded substance abuse programming by adding a new position a substance abuse community health worker, who will provide community outreach, education, assistance in connecting patients to local resources, and supporting patients to successfully access and navigate community services for prevention or treatment. (Annual Service Level: 100)

DotHouse Health will expand the Generation Next Academy programming to serve youth between the ages of 12 -18 with behavioral health support around violence and addiction. (Annual Service Level: 200)

Neponset Health Center in year one of the Dorchester Health Initiative will be providing education to youth to promote skills building, resiliency and self-efficacy to help reduce the risk for substance abuse and the incidences and impact of adolescent date violence. The health center will also use this first year to develop center-based screening and referrals to care to provide early intervention for youth in need of substance abuse treatment. (Annual Service Level: 250)

Salvation Army/Kroc Center through its Bridging the Gap Between Youth and Community Services program will provide safe alternatives to violent and risky behavior for court-involved youth between the ages of 12 and 18. The program focus will be on reducing the risk factors and increasing protective factors for youth at high-risk for experiencing violence in their lives. (Annual Service Level: 60)

Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center through its Generating Excellent Mentors program will provide intentional gender-specific out of school time mentoring, college prep, and fitness education for children and youth between the ages of 4 and 18. (Annual Service Level: 800)

Tufts established the Dorchester Health Initiative to address health issues disproportionately affecting residents of the various Dorchester neighborhoods by providing grant funding to innovative programs addressing the priority health needs of the Dorchester community identified with community stakeholders with experience in serving the needs of Dorchester residents.

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