The Quincy Weymouth Wellness Initiative is funded through a Department of Public Health Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF) grant, with the goal of creating the linkage of clinical practice with community resources to help prevent and control chronic diseases. The trust fund will distribute $42 million over four years (2014-2017).
The Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund was established by the Massachusetts Legislature in July 2012 (as part of health care cost containment legislation known as Chapter 224) to challenge communities across the Commonwealth to reduce health care costs by preventing chronic conditions. The Trust supports community-based partnerships, enabling them to work together to provide research-based interventions that will:
- reduce rates of the most prevalent and preventable health conditions;
- increase healthy behaviors;
- increase the adoption of workplace-based wellness or health management programs; and
- address health disparities.
In January 2014, nine communities were awarded grants through the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund. The Quincy Weymouth Wellness Initiative was one of the nine partnerships to receive a PWTF grant and has launched wellness programming for residents of Quincy and Weymouth.