Funding Opportunities

CHNA 17 offers funding through grants, scholarships and periodically through learning communities.

Recent Funding Opportunities:

Scholarships to Structural Inequities – an on the ground view; Organizational self-assessment on racial equity; Stakeholder interviews on mental health and racial equity

Winners of Mental Health and Racial Equity Assessment Funding

  • Arlington – Arlington Housing Corporation
  • Belmont – Wayside Multi-Service Center
  • Cambridge – St. Paul’s AME Church and Cambridge Health Department
  • Somerville – Emmanuel Gospel Center and the Welcome Project
  • Watertown – Wayside Multi-Service Center
  • Waltham – Healthy Waltham & Wayside Multi-Service Center

Information about this funding: CHNA 17 has identified mental health and racial equity as our priority areas through 2020.  It hopes to foster community engagement around mental health and racial inequities in order to ultimately inform systems change, to build community leadership to address these issues, and lay the foundation for future efforts. To do this the CHNA will start with an assessment on mental health and racial equity for American-born Blacks.  CHNA 17 will subsequently release implementation funding based on the findings from the assessment.

  • to identify particular challenges that African Americans have in accessing mental health services, and how those can be overcome.
  • to identify opportunities to intervene, and success stories of improved access opportunities.
  • to ultimately affect systemic change to eliminate racial inequities in accessing mental health services.

For questions about this process please contact Stacy Carruth, Planning Director at

Winners of the CHNA 17 Scholarships to the 2016 Massachusetts Public Health Association Annual Meeting

The annual meeting focuses on how to operationalize racial equity within our work. CHNA 17 felt supporting membership in attending helps to further our own racial equity work. The following are the winners of the individual scholarships that were offered by CHNA 17:

  • Jennah Jacobs, Women’s Health Assistant Case Manager, Charles River Community Health
  • Malena Hood, Senior Epidemiologist, MA DPH
  • Shameka Gregory, Community Liaison, Transition House
  • Stephanie Berkowitz, Director of External Relations, Center for Teen Empowerment
  • Sarah Whedon, Co-founder, Bay State Birth Coalition
  • Lexi Ladd, Co-Founder, Fostering Racial Justice Group
  • Katelyn Murray, MSW Intern, Somerville Homeless Coalition
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