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Reliant Med. Group Foundation Grants Central MA Orgs Nearly $70K

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

 

The Reliant Medical Group Foundation has awarded nearly $70,000 to a dozen Central Massachusetts organizations in support of healthy living programs in its latest round of community grants.

Funded largely by the generosity of grateful patients, Reliant employees and corporate funders, these grants will support the ongoing efforts of non-profit programs that target childhood obesity and increasing access to health care.

“The majority of recipients included in this last round of funding are taking on various aspects of battling obesity, which continues to be a serious health epidemic, especially for those who are economically disadvantaged,” said Kelsa Zereski, director of philanthropy at Reliant Medical Group, “We continue to be thankful for the outpouring of support from the Central Massachusetts community. Without them, our charity’s innovative grant-making program would not be possible.”

Non-profit organizations within Reliant Medical Group's service area are eligible to apply for these grants as a way to help improve the health and well-being of individuals of all ages in Central Massachusetts.

The following organizations received a grant in this latest round of giving:

  • A Little Easier Recovery – continuation of the “Jacki® Program” for Reliant breast cancer patients.
  • Auburn Youth and Family Services – continuation of Project LAUNCH, a health-focused afterschool and summer youth program for kids ages 6-14, many of whom are from low-income families.
  • Barton Center for Diabetes Education – providing camperships for economically disadvantaged children with Type 1 Diabetes.
  • Dismas House – funding for the Family Farm program, a community farming initiative.
  • Growing Places – a gardening education program that includes growing produce and health/wellness education for low-income families in North Central Mass.
  • Pernet Family Services – An expansion of youth services provided by Pernet, this program aims to reduce obesity among Worcester’s inner city youth through outdoor activities and youth development.
  • Rachel’s Table (part of the Jewish Federation of Central Mass.) – The Children’s Milk Fund program delivers hundreds of gallons of fresh milk per week to 21 Worcester-based agencies assisting children and families in need.
  • Regional Environmental Council – “YouthGrow” is a youth initiative of the Food Justice program, which focuses on urban agriculture employment and leadership development for low-income teens.
  • Seven Hills – continuation of Healthy Hills nutrition, health and cooking program which educates children and adults with disabilities, ages 8-65, as well as their caretakers, about the importance of healthy living.
  • Visitation House – a transitional home offering a “Healthy Moms and Babies” program to support to young pregnant woman who are homeless or leaving an unsafe situation.
  • VNA Care – continuation of Worcester Elder Wellness Clinics which offer access to important health care services for local Seniors at 3 sites in Worcester.
  • YouthConnect Summer – a collaboration of eight non-profit agencies in Worcester to provide summer programs for disadvantaged middle school aged children.

The Foundation also provided a grant to Reliant Medical Group Rehab and Sports Medicine to fund the purchase of much-needed exercise equipment for the organization’s Bariatric Boot Camp program for adults.

Reliant Medical Group Foundation supports Reliant Medical Group patient needs through targeted funding in service to education, comfort, and access to care. Additionally, the Foundation supports public and community health in Central Massachusetts through funding education and intervention programs.

The next deadline to apply for community grants is September 12, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. Initiatives that battle childhood obesity will be given first consideration. Guidelines and information on how to apply can be found at www.reliantfoundation.org.

 

Related Slideshow: Most and Least Healthy Counties in Massachusetts

Using data from the 2014 County Health Rankings compiled by the University of Wisconsin Public Health Institute, GoLocal ranked each of Massachusetts' 14 counties from least to most healthy according to health outcomes. 

Health outcomes measure two factors: how long people live (length of life) and how healthy people feel while alive (quality of life).  

The report also ranks health factors, which measures health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic, and physical environment factors.

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14. Hampden County

Population: 465,923

Median Household Income: $48,386

Health Outcomes Ranking: 14 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: 15%
  • Low Birthweight: 8.6%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 14 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 19%
  • Adult Obesity: 29%
  • Physical Inactivity: 27%
  • Excessive Drinking: 19%

 

Access to healthcare professionals

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 1,368:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 1,408:1

 

Full Report

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13. Suffolk County

Population: 744,426

Median Household Income: $50,884

Health Outcomes Ranking: 13 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: 17%
  • Low Birthweight: 9.2%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 12 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 15%
  • Adult Obesity: 22%
  • Physical Inactivity: 22%
  • Excessive Drinking: 19%

 

Access to healthcare professionals

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 693:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 638:1

 

Full Report

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12. Bristol County

Population: 551,082

Median Household Income: $53,670

Health Outcomes Ranking: 12 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: 15%
  • Low Birthweight: 8.2%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 13 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 20%
  • Adult Obesity: 29%
  • Physical Inactivity: 28%
  • Excessive Drinking: 20%

 

Access to healthcare professionals

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 1,906:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 1,790:1

 

Full Report

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11. Berkshire County

Population: 130,016

Median Household Income: $46,660

Health Outcomes Ranking: 11 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: 12%
  • Low Birthweight: 8.1%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 9 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 17%
  • Adult Obesity: 22%
  • Physical Inactivity: 21%
  • Excessive Drinking: 21%

 

Access to healthcare professionals

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 887:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 1,417:1

 

Full Report

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10. Plymouth County

Population: 499,759

Median Household Income: $72,795

Health Outcomes Ranking: 10 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: 11%
  • Low Birthweight: 7.7%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 10 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 18%
  • Adult Obesity: 25%
  • Physical Inactivity: 23%
  • Excessive Drinking: 21%

 

Access to healthcare professionals

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 1,626:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 1,538:1

 

Full Report

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9. Worcester County

Population: 806,163

Median Household Income: $62,318

Health Outcomes Ranking: 9 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: 12%
  • Low Birthweight: 7.4%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 11 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 18%
  • Adult Obesity: 26%
  • Physical Inactivity: 23%
  • Excessive Drinking: 21%

 

Access to healthcare professionals:

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 971:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 1,590:1

 

Full Report

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8. Franklin County

Population: 71,540

Median Household Income: $54,159

Health Outcomes Ranking: 8 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: 10%
  • Low Birthweight: 7.0%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 8 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 19%
  • Adult Obesity: 25%
  • Physical Inactivity: 19%
  • Excessive Drinking: 18%

 

Access to healthcare professionals:

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 1,523:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 1,741:1

 

Full Report

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7. Barnstable County

Population: 215,423

Median Household Income: $58,616

Health Outcomes Ranking: 7 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: 8%
  • Low Birthweight: 6.9%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 4 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 14%
  • Adult Obesity: 28%
  • Physical Inactivity: 18%
  • Excessive Drinking: 18%

 

Access to healthcare professionals:

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 1,068:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 1,143:1

 

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6. Essex County

Population: 755,618

Median Household Income: $67,408

Health Outcomes Ranking: 6 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: 13%
  • Low Birthweight: 7.6%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 7 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 14%
  • Adult Obesity: 24%
  • Physical Inactivity: 22%
  • Excessive Drinking: 19%

 

Access to healthcare professionals:

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 1,272:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 1,282:1

 

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5. Hampshire County

Population: 159,795

Median Household Income: $58,206

Health Outcomes Ranking: 5 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: 10%
  • Low Birthweight: 6.5%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 3 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 12%
  • Adult Obesity: 22%
  • Physical Inactivity: 17%
  • Excessive Drinking: 20%

 

Access to healthcare professionals:

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 698:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 1,858:1

 

Full Report

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4. Nantucket County

Population: 10,298

Median Household Income: $70,286

Health Outcomes Ranking: 4 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: N/A
  • Low Birthweight: 5.3%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 6 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 15%
  • Adult Obesity: 24%
  • Physical Inactivity: 20%
  • Excessive Drinking: 26%

 

Access to healthcare professionals:

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 2,028:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 1,295:1

 

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3. Norfolk County

Population: 681,845

Median Household Income: $80,192

Health Outcomes Ranking: 3 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: 9%
  • Low Birthweight: 7.3%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 1 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 12%
  • Adult Obesity: 20%
  • Physical Inactivity: 20%
  • Excessive Drinking: 19%

 

Access to healthcare professionals:

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 812:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 927:1

 

Full Report

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2. Dukes County

Population: 17,041

Median Household Income: $56,784

Health Outcomes Ranking: 2 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: N/A
  • Low Birthweight: 5.0%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 5 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 12%
  • Adult Obesity: 20%
  • Physical Inactivity: 20%
  • Excessive Drinking: 26%

 

Access to healthcare professionals:

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 882:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 1,908:1

 

Full Report

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1. Middlesex County

Population: 1,537,215

Median Household Income: $81,924

Health Outcomes Ranking: 1 of 14

  • Poor or Fair Health: 9%
  • Low Birthweight: 7.5%

 

Health Factors Ranking: 2 of 14

Percent of population engaging in:

  • Adult Smoking: 11%
  • Adult Obesity: 23%
  • Physical Inactivity: 22%
  • Excessive Drinking: 18%

 

Access to healthcare professionals:

  • Primary Care Physicians Ratio: 814:1
  • Dentists Ratio: 1,165:1

 

Full Report

 
 

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