The Western Massachusetts Public Health Training Center (WMPHTC) provides funding for Collaborative Projects to support programs affecting the management and prevention of chronic disease. These programs can be used to test new ideas, implement a proven pilot project, expand an existing program, or compare one (existing or new) program with another. The goals are to promote local, innovative solutions to public health challenges caused by chronic diseases and to help strengthen the infrastructure between campus and community.
The WMPHTC typically funds up to five (5) Collaborative Projects per year to enhance public health services in nearby medically underserved communities.
Previously Funded Collaborative Projects:
Healthy Weight Program (Programa de Peso Saludable): Assessment of Education and Support Programs for Patients with Diabetes or Prediabetes.
Holyoke Health Center, Holyoke, Massachusetts
This program provided patients with critical bilingual education and culturally appropriate lifestyle modifications for the prevention/management of Type 2 diabetes. Through combining interventions such as nutrition class, exercise class and support groups, participants were able to exercise behaviors to achieve decreases in weight, BMI, and glucose levels.
Community Health Program: Healthy Food Buying Guide for SNAP Recipients
Neighborhood Health Center, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Educational materials that summarize the healthiest food options available from merchants that participate in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) were developed to increase access to healthy food and information about healthy food choices and brands. This project also sought to assist local Food Bank providers in working with local farms and growers to supply healthy seasonal produce.
Please note, due to recent budget cuts, we will not be offering Collaborative Project funding for the 2013-2014 year. Please check back for updates.