Grant Focus: The Barnstable County Dept of Human Services is seeking proposals from eligible organizations to help achieve the Mass in Motion objective of increasing availability of healthier food options for the region’s residents that seek assistance from Cape Cod Hunger Network food pantries and meal programs to meet individual or family food needs. The aim of this funding is to provide eligible organizations support for implementing sustainable approaches within a food pantry or meal program to:
1) Increase the volume of non-perishable healthy foods available at your pantry or meal program,
2) Increase the volume of fresh produce available at your pantry or meal program,
3) Encourage clients’ use of healthy foods for meals and snacks and discourage use of unhealthy foods.
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Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants are Cape Cod non-profit organizations that are member food pantries and meal programs of the Cape Cod Hunger Network and located within Barnstable County. (Barnstable Mass in Motion activities are focused within Barnstable County.)
Funds Available: For this grant period April 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014, BCDHS plans to grant up to $11,750 in total. More than one grant may be awarded. If more than one grant is awarded the total of those awards will not exceed $11,750.
Proposal Due Date and Time: Applications must be received by 12:00PM (NOON), Friday March 21st, 2014
Questions: Per the application instructions, please direct questions to Julie Ferguson (firstname.lastname@example.org) via email.
By K.C. Myers
Cape Cod Times
February 19, 2014
Galvanized by what has become a community crisis, Cape Cod Healthcare has joined with Barnstable County, two major charitable foundations and the region’s primary addiction treatment center in an ambitious plan to fight drug abuse.
Cape Cod Healthcare, the Kelley Foundation and the Palmer and Jane D. Davenport Foundation have put up $500,000 to begin what they hope will be a sweeping effort to cut the chain of addiction at its roots. They hope to raise at least $1 million for youth education and prevention programs.
This is not a short-term solution to address an immediate crisis but a multiyear effort with costs that could go into “seven figures” if enough people climb onboard, said Joel Crowell, president of the Kelley Foundation. Read entire article…
The Barnstable County Department of Human Services is pleased to announce the launch of a new Web-based platform that converts analysis of all health data into customized community health indicators. This groundbreaking tool is especially valuable for assessment and community health planning.
“As the first Network of Care website in Massachusetts, Barnstable County Department of Human Services is on the forefront of advancing access to a wide variety of data and information about health and wellness,” said Beth Albert, Director of Human Services in Barnstable County. The new Health and Wellness website is a clearinghouse of health indicators, model practices and informational tools for individuals, families, and organizations.
“The launch of the website comes on the heels of the recently announced Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund award to Barnstable County to build a Prevention Self-Management Network,” Albert added. “We are pleased to be able to provide this resource to our community with the goal of improving health outcomes for our residents and creating a healthy, connected Cape Cod.”
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Two new tools are available for communities within Barnstable County: the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Data Report and the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative interactive website were recently released at the 2014 Healthy Aging in the Commonwealth Conference hosted by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum.
The report and website provide tools for communities to implement more customized programs through data comparisons of physical, social, and health variables from multiple federal and state data sources for Massachusetts. The report details individual town data alongside state averages, allowing for a comparison of how a town is doing relative to the rest of the state by each variable. This information will enable communities to address local challenges and better allocate resources to those areas of greater need.
The report lists nearly 100 healthy aging indicators for older adults in each of the Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns as well as the 16 neighborhoods of Boston. Users can download the community profile of an individual city or town, or download the profiles of all cities and towns within a specific county. Those interested specifically in our region can see how Cape Cod fairs in the Barnstable County Healthy Aging Profile Report.
The Cape & Islands Regional Network to Address Homelessness would like to invite you to a special presentation and discussion on the Statewide Plan to End Veteran’s Homelessness on Tuesday, February 11 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Harborview Conference Room in the Barnstable County Complex.
Representatives from the VA, HUD and the MA Interagency on Housing and Homelessness (ICHH) will join staff from our area veteran’s services offices to discuss the resources that are currently available to assist veterans, and what ways we can work together to prevent and/or end homelessness among our veterans.
This meeting is open to the public: please join The Regional Network and/or invite members of your organization to attend. In order to arrange the room appropriately and have enough resources to distribute, please RSVP by noon on Monday, February 10 to Paula Schnepp at email@example.com or with any questions you may have.