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Karen van Unen, director
of Community Programming, announces eight
recipients of mini-grants for community organizations.
March 5, Childrens joined with other members of the Alliance
of Community Health to announce the Boston organizations that
would receive mini-grants in support of their work in the community.
The Alliance, a partnership between coalitions, residents,
hospitals, non-profits and government agencies, is supported through
funding and technical assistance by key partners including the state
Department of Public Health, the Boston Public Health Commission,
the Mass Prevention Center and Boston area hospitals.
Childrens allocated $30,000 towards the mini-grant
process and several other area institutions also provided financial
Childrens asked neighborhood organizations to
submit grant proposals aligned with the hospitals four community
health focus areas: injury prevention, asthma management, mental
health and access to health care, says Karen
van Unen, director of Community Programming.
The community programs that Childrens supported
last year focused on injury prevention, and they achieved their
goals of improving the child health and well being, says van
Unen. Im always amazed at what these groups can pull
off with limited resources.
Among the eight groups funded by Childrens are
the Chinatown Healthy Boston Coalition, the Dorchester Community
Services Collaborative and the East Boston Healthy Boston Coalition.
Funds for the Chinatown coalition will be used to design
a program to address the mental health needs of Asian youth. The
program will break down misconceptions about mental health, increase
awareness of resources available and facilitate youth getting access
to those services.
The Dorchester project funds will be used to coordinate
community forums for teachers, youth staff and police on mental
health and violence prevention. The project will further enhance
partnerships between the schools and community groups.
The East Boston Coalition will use its funds to support
violence-prevention workshops for East Boston parents and youth
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