The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded a five-year Level 2 Collective Impact grant to Crozer-Keystone Health System (CKHS) in Chester, Pennsylvania, that provides full funding for its Healthy Start program through May 31, 2019. This grant totals more than $5.5 million over the next five years, and enables this community program for pregnant women to expand its services as it works with local partners to eliminate perinatal disparities in the Chester area. As part of the grant, more program members will receive free legal assistance through the Medical-Legal Partnership that exists between Widener University School of Law and CKHS. The MLP Program will receive $954,000, from its partner over the five year grant period– just under 20% of the total award. Read more in The Delaware County Daily Times.
The Boston Public Health Commission was awarded Level 3 funding for the Boston Healthy Start Initiative (BHSI) under the same Collective Impact grant. Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston is a member of the BHSI Community Action Network and will support the BHSI’s efforts to further reduce black infant mortality rate in Boston.