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Beverly Hospital awards first-ever community collaborative grant

Posted by Justin Rice  January 31, 2012 08:42 AM

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The following is a press release from Northeast Hospital Corporation:

Beverly (January 30, 2012) – Addison Gilbert and Beverly hospitals announced today that they have selected three recipients for the first-ever Community Collaborative Grant, which seeks to further innovative, community-based health programming in the areas of mental and behavioral health, chronic disease prevention and  management, and improved access to health services and resources. DanversCARES, Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC) and Get Fit Gloucester! have each been awarded $10,000 to implement new health programs on the North Shore and Cape Ann.  The Community Collaborative Grants are funded by the community benefits program at Northeast Hospital Corporation.

“We’re proud to provide funding to the three recipients of this grant program, which will help to address some of major health needs in our communities,” said Nancy Palmer, Chairwoman of Northeast Hospital Corporation Board of Trustees.  “Chronic diseases, exercise and access to health resources all play a significant role in the overall health of residents on the North Shore and Cape Ann.  The recipients offer exciting new initiatives that will improve the quality of life in our local communities.”

DanversCARES will implement Above the Influence – a national prevention campaign to help youth make positive decisions about drug and alcohol use and other negative behavior risks. According to a recent survey among Danvers high school students, 46 percent report alcohol abuse, 30 percent admit having used marijuana within the last 30 days, and 20 percent report tobacco use.

“Youth alcohol, tobacco and marijuana rates in Danvers are higher than the state average, and teens often do not perceive the harm associated with this behavior,” said Peg Sallade, Program Coordinator for DanversCARES. “Through this grant we’re creating a community-wide campaign that encourages participation from all levels of our community to help prevent underage drug and alcohol use and to raise awareness of the risks associated with it.”

HAWC will use the funding to expand access to care for domestic violence victims through the implementation of a comprehensive screening, education, documentation and referral program at Beverly Hospital, which will support HAWC’s overall service area.  Comprehensive training is essential to help properly identify and refer victims of domestic violence. In FY2011, more than 2,400 restraining orders were filed at Gloucester, Ipswich, Peabody and Salem District Courts.

“Domestic violence is a serious health issue impacting all age, race, gender and socio-economic groups. It is one of the leading causes of death for pregnant and post-partum women,” said Candace Waldron, Executive Director of HAWC.  “This grant enables us to work more closely with Beverly Hospital to implement training and risk identification programs necessary to help prevent domestic violence, and to provide greater support and services for victims.”

Get Fit Gloucester!, in partnership with the Cape Ann YMCA, will implement a GloucesterWalks initiative that promotes an active lifestyle and walking as a more viable transportation choice for residents of all ages.  The program will create a year-round senior walking club. For school age children, the initiative will provide funding to bolster safe walking routes to and from schools. And the program will also help promote policies that encourage more walking, such as through complete streets, better snow removal and less vehicle parking on sidewalks.

“GloucesterWalks! is an exciting initiative that will enable more local residents to experience the health benefits of walking, including thousands of students and seniors,” said Scott Hitchcock, Executive Director of the Cape Ann YMCA. “Through this grant we’ll have resources to implement the necessary infrastructure, policies and programs that will make walking more accessible and viable in our community.”

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