CHNA 15 is a partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, hospitals, service agencies, schools, businesses, boards of health, non-profit organizations and citizens working together to improve the health of member communities.
We provide assessment planning to inform, program and fund community-based prevention and health promotion initiatives.
Bi-monthly meetings on a variety of timely health topics are open to anyone interested in working to improve the health and well-being of their communities.
Workshops are scheduled periodically and are developed based on input from CHNA 15 members. Trainings are designed to enhance and strengthen your community work.
CHNA 15 awards grants totaling over $150,000 annually to support programs, events, training and community initiatives. Grant awards range from $300 for an individual Training Scholarship to $25,000 for a Collaborative or Planning Grant, and are available on an ongoing basis.
Upcoming CHNA 15 Events
The Janice S. Hanson Award for Outstanding Healthy Community Initiatives was established in 2014 in honor of Jan's 12 years of service and dedication as the CHNA 15 Coordinator. The award is given annually to a CHNA grantee who has demonstrated a commitment to healthy community principles and has brought forward, through his or her work, opportunities for furthering the goals of the CHNA and the community health goals of DPH. At our Annual Meeting on May 11, 2017, the 4th annual Janice S. Hanson Award for Healthy Community Initiatives was presented to Carla Olson, Bedford Healthy Communities Coordinator. Bedford Youth and Family Services received a $1,000 award to continue the work begun by Bedford's Healthy Community Planning and Implementation Grant.
CHNA 15, is offering financial assistance for Professional Development. Grants are available, first come, first served, and are limited in size to a maximum of $300 for an individual scholarship and $1,000 for an agency staff training or community training grant. Learn more about Professional Development grants and download an application.
Between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 Capacity Building Grants of up to $2,000 each are offered to agencies in the twelve CHNA 15 communities. Grants are available to build capacity or to respond to a community health need. The broad definition of capacity building may include development of small projects, marketing, fund raising, consultant support, web or print based resources, and enhancement of office administration. Learn more about Capacity Building grants and download an application.