State public health fund distributed to nine groups focused on pediatric asthma, other conditions

Nine public health organizations and their partners will receive up to $4.75 million over the next three years from the state’s Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund, created under the 2012 health cost control law.

The $60 million fund, paid for through a one-time tax on insurers and large hospitals, has been heralded as the first of its kind in the United States. The grants are aimed at programs meant to prevent high blood pressure, smoking, childhood asthma, and falls among the elderly.

“In three years, our job is to show that we can reduce the prevalence of these conditions,’’ said Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett. The goal, she said, is to show that the state can save on health care costs by investing in prevention.


Awardees also include the Boston Public Health Commission, Manet Community Health Center, Barnstable County Human Services, Berkshire Medical Center, Holyoke Health Center, the town of Hudson, and the cities of Lynn, New Bedford, and Worcester. Each group has multiple partner organizations and will receive $250,000 to start and up to $1.5 million in each of the next three years.

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