3 Wareham nonprofits awarded Southcoast Health grants

May 11, 2018
Courtesy of: Southcoast Health From left: Nancy Oliviera, Henry Lord Community School -Truce Center; Aimee Bronhard, principal, Henry Lord Community School - Truce Center; Wendy Garf-Lipp, executive director, United Neighbors of Fall River; Keith A. Hovan, president and CEO, Southcoast Health; and Grace Gerling, Executive Director, Greater Fall River Re-Creation. Nonprofit employees and Southcoast Health officials recently celebrated grant recipients.

Three Wareham nonprofits were among 39 organizations that received a total of $142,000 in grants from Southcoast Health’s Community Benefits Impact Opportunity Program.

The Wareham Area Committee for the Homeless, Wareham Schools and Woods at Wareham/South Shore Advocacy Center all will benefit from the grants, which are awarded to addresses unmet health needs in communities on the South Coast.

“We collaborate with our many community partners whose missions also seek to improve health and well-being in the region, and are pleased we can support their work through this grant process,” said Keith Hovan, president and CEO of Southcoast Health.

The program has awarded more than $409,000 to 93 organizations in its first three years.

Grant recipients are chosen if their goals align with Southcoast Health’s community benefits priorities, which are based on a health needs assessment. Identified priorities for the region include:

• Reduction of the high rate of chronic disease in the region, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, asthma, cancer and other diseases.

• Reducing health disparities, including racial and ethnic disparities, income-based disparities and education-based disparities.

• Reduction in the incidence of youth risk behaviors such as teen violence, high rates of teen pregnancy and substance abuse.

• Behavioral health issues that include substance abuse and mental health, with improved coordination of a regional behavioral health system.

• Development of healthy “system and environment” change, including healthy food options, increased access to free and low-cost opportunities for active living, such as public parks, bike trails etc., and reduction in the high rate of smoking.

• Maternal and children’s health, including fetal and infant health, abuse and neglect, hospitalizations, substance abuse, healthy weight and mortality.

Southcoast Health operates Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Comments (5)
Posted by: Spherebreaker | May 12, 2018 06:48

Woods at Wareham advocacy center? What the heck is that and why such a targeted program? What happens at Woods at Wareham that doesn’t happen at , say Burgess Point? Why does it happen at Woods at Wareham?

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 12, 2018 08:36

Sphere - by chance was that a rhetorical question?

Posted by: Andrea Smith | May 12, 2018 11:27

Sphere - Income level related socioeconomic challenges that would only occur among residents of Burgess Point if they were of a socioeconomic level similar to that of Woods at Wareham.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 12, 2018 15:21

The first time I entered a Woods at Wareham apartment was in 1988.  I was young.  My friend lived there with her baby daughter.  My friend was  young too but more specifically, a single young mom.  At the time, I was oblivious to all that went along with that scenario and how she was able to live there nearly for free.  She ended up doing ok.  She went to school.  Got a job.  Bought a house.  Got married.  Raised a family.  And lived happily ever after.  That's how it's supposed to go for all of them, but unfortunately she is the exception.  Subsequent Woods at Wareham experiences and observations over the past 30 years haven't been as positive and successful.   It really is unfortunate.  The "system" worked for her but appears to be broken now.  System abusers is what it is  know known for.  Sad but true.


Posted by: Andrea Smith | May 13, 2018 11:55

WBTS - The fact that you have not personally been exposed to Woods at Wareham success stories in recent years doesn't mean that success stories do not happen at Woods at Wareham, it just means that you are not aware of the success stories that do happen. Personally I know of three "Woods at Wareham" success stories in recent years but that doesn't mean that there have only been three success stories in recent years. It means that in recent years I've only been personally acquainted with three Woods at Wareham families.

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