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Determination of Need Community Health Initiative Funding

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  • In 2018, Dana-Farber received approval through the statewide Determination of Need (DoN) process for the construction of a new Chestnut Hill facility, which opened in early 2021. This new facility provides a comprehensive range of oncology services including exams, infusion, and imaging for diagnosis, care, and treatment of cancer.

    As part of this expansion and Dana-Farber's commitment to investing in local communities, it will provide approximately $5.4 million over the next four years to community organizations in Greater Boston to address two priorities: 1) access to services, with a focus on cancer control, and 2) social determinants of health, with a focus on housing.

    These priorities were identified through a collaborative, community-driven process guided by the recently completed Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan and with input from Dana-Farber's External Advisory Committee, Allocations Committee, and Trustees Community Programs Committee.

    The 2021-2022 funding cycle is now closed. There may be additional funding opportunities in 2023 aligned with new priorities emerging from the community health needs assessment process currently underway.

    Focus on Health Equity

    Dana-Farber applied a health equity framework to all aspects of this process. It includes the following questions as adapted from the MA Department of Public Health, which should be asked when considering approaches that address inequities: Who benefits? Who is harmed? Who influences? Who decides?

    Another critical aspect to addressing inequities is through community engagement and actively engaging members at all stages of the process, including the design, implementation, or evaluation of the approach, particularly those impacted by cancer and other chronic conditions.

  • health tree diagram of root causes of inequities

    The Health Tree is adapted by Health Resources in Action from the Human Impact Partners' Health Equity Guide.

  • Access to Services Request for Proposals

    This funding cycle is now closed.

    Dana-Farber released the first round of funding in October 2021 for its Request for Proposals (RFP) funding opportunity aimed at ensuring all Greater Boston residents, particularly those impacted by cancer and other chronic conditions, have access to equitable health and support services. Through this Access to Services funding, up to $4 million will be awarded to community organizations in Greater Boston over the next four years to support community initiatives that address root causes of health inequities.

    There may be additional funding opportunities in 2023 aligned with new priorities emerging from the community health needs assessment process currently underway.

    The first round of grant funding was awarded to the following organizations:

    System-Level Grants

    • Alternatives for Community and Environment and Massachusetts Public Health Association
    • FamilyAid Boston
    • GreenRoots
    • Project Bread

    Community-Clinical Linkages Grants

    • Allston Brighton Health Collaborative
    • Brookview House
    • Team Maureen
    • Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción
    • Charles River Community Health Center
    • Enhance Asian Community on Health
    • Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center
    • Sociedad Latina

    For more information, please see the press release.

    Funding Tracks

    Community-Clinical Linkage Grants: Single-year funding of up to $50,000 to improve linkages to health and support services, including prevention and chronic care services.

    Systems-Level Grants: Multi-year funding (1-4 years) of up to $200,000 per year to create and sustain long-lasting community health improvement.

    Preference for Access to Services grants was given to organizations serving the neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester, Mission Hill, Mattapan, and Jamaica Plain. Applications were also accepted from surrounding Greater Boston communities, including the city of Newton.

    Investment in Housing

    To have a greater collective impact in addressing health and housing, Dana-Farber will invest $1 million in the Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund II (HNEF II), a private equity fund jointly operated by the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation (MHIC) and Conservation Law Foundation (CLF). HNEF's goal is to increase housing stability and economic opportunity for low- and moderate-income people and communities of color and accelerate the development of walkable, low-carbon, and resilient neighborhoods. Any returns generated from this investment will be directed back to community health improvement, maximizing Dana-Farber's impact in the community. In addition, Dana-Farber will provide approximately $400,000 through a community grantmaking strategy over the next four years to support homelessness prevention and housing stabilization efforts.

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  • Funding Announcement Webinar
    This webinar describes in detail our 2021 Determination of Need Access to Services Grant Opportunity.

  • There are no funding announcements at this time. Please check back in 2023.