Technical Assistance for a Health Disparities Reduction Grant Program

Client: Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Topic Areas: Grant-making programs; Social determinants and immigrant health

From 2007-2014, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) funded 20 organizations across the state to work on health disparities reduction in their communities. Grantee organizations included community health centers, city health departments, health clinics, and other community-based agencies. MDPH placed a strong emphasis on capacity building, and collaborated with ICH to provide technical assistance (TA) to grantees. Through individual and group consultation as well as all-grantee meetings, ICH provided training and technical assistance to grantees on evaluation, dissemination, sustainability, and cultural competence. ICH also facilitated peer learning and networking among grantees. Through the TA provided by ICH, grantees were able to strengthen their programs to better serve vulnerable populations throughout the state. In the words of one grantee, “The technical information provided an opportunity to build the skills of our team, to network with similarly focused programs, identify resources and form partnerships.”