BIDMC Invests in Impactful Local Organizations as Part of Its $18.4 Million Community-Based Health Initiative

Chloe Meck

DECEMBER 04, 2020

$6.8 million will be awarded to organizations focused on housing, jobs and financial security, and behavioral health programs

BOSTON – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has selected 17 local organizations to receive funding for impactful initiatives in the areas of housing affordability, jobs and financial security, and behavioral health. This funding represents a significant portion of the $18.4 million dollars that will be invested into the community over the next six years as part of the Massachusetts Determination of Need (DoN) process for BIDMC's new inpatient building.

"BIDMC has a proud history of supporting the health and wellbeing of our communities," said Pete Healy, President of BIDMC. "This important milestone reflects our commitment to all the populations that we serve. We look forward to working with these impactful organizations to support programs and initiatives that lead to more equitable and healthy communities."

BIDMC will award $6.8 million over three years to 17 local non-profit organizations working in the neighborhoods of Allston/Brighton, Bowdoin/Geneva, Chinatown, Fenway/Kenmore, Mission Hill, and Roxbury and the City of Chelsea. The BIDMC Community Benefits Advisory Committee – made up of local leaders and residents – led a community-engaged process to identify health needs and strengths through public meetings, focus groups, engagement partnerships with Boston CHNA-CHIP Collaborative and others, and thoughtful reviews of evidence-based and informed strategies. BIDMC adopted the full set of recommendations from the Committee.

"We recognize the importance of intentionality when working towards achieving health equity," said Nancy Kasen, Vice President of Community Benefits and Community Relations at Beth Israel Lahey Health, the health care system BIDMC is a member of. "The Allocation Committee carefully considered whether the selected organization's leadership reflected the lived experience of the communities they serve and how their efforts would reach populations disproportionately impacted by racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic health inequities. BIDMC is proud to partner with these organizations to create meaningful and sustainable change."

Cross-Sector Partnership for Systems Change Grantees ($1,000,000)

Focused Investment Grantees ($500,000)

Capacity Building Seed Funding Grantees ($100,000)

In addition to the 16 organizations above, BIDMC's Community-based Health Initiative also recently awarded $270,000 to North Suffolk Mental Health Association to improve access to behavioral health services in the city of Chelsea over the next two years. This is the first of several Community-based Health Initiative funding opportunities BIDMC will be announcing over the next three years.

About Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School and consistently ranks as a national leader among independent hospitals in National Institutes of Health funding. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a new health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,000 physicians and 35,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.