Greater Milford Community Health Network : CHNA 6
April 28, 2017

In keeping with the recommendations of the 2015 Community Health Improvement Plan, CHNA 6 is pleased to be able to award grants this year that target our four priority areas: Chronic Disease and Health Promotion, Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse, Violence Prevention and Access.  After reviewing 21 applications from our partner organizations, the CHNA 6 Steering Committee is very excited to offer funding to 10 projects at $247,277.23 for our second year grant cycle. We would like to congratulate the following grant awardees:
  1. United Way of Tri-County
  2. Family Continuity Inc. 
  3. Milford Police Department & JAG
  4. Riverside Community Care
  5. Edward M. Community Health Center
  6. Hockomock Area YMCA 
  7. Kennedy-Donovan Center
  8. Town of Milford Ruth Ann Bleakney Senior Center 
  9. Milford Youth Center
  10. Hockomock Area YMCA  
For complete list of grant awards click here. We would like to thank everyone who applied and applaud all the great work that is happening in our community. We would also like to extend a huge thank you to all the members of both Grant Review Committees, who volunteered their time to review the grants!

he n ext CHNA 6 meeting will be Friday, May 19, 2017 from 9-11am at the Ruth Anne Bleakney Senior Center, located at 60 N. Bow St., Milford, MA 01757. The meeting will include a presentation on "Immigration to include:
  • Ellen VanSoyoc, Immigration Supervisor at Central West Justice Center

If you have any specific questions that you would like to be addressed during the presentation on "Immigration" please email

There will also be an additional presentation on one of our 2016 mini-grant recipients, the Milford Youth Center's "MYC Health Coordinator. "

We would also like to thank the following presenters from our last meeting: Toni McGuire, CEO of Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, Martin Cohen, President and CEO of MetroWest Health Foundation and Lisa Hanson & Barbara Mangano of Hopedale Memorial Elementary School. For the video on their  "Garden of Hope," click here
Hope to see you all there! 

Although the mission of CHNA 6 looks to help facilitate the connection of resources and networking among its members, the Steering Committee would like to request that the CHNA 6 email distribution list be used only for one-to-one networking. For any future mass distribution of events and/or resources please send to

We will do our best to get information that is appropriate for distribution in the upcoming newsletter or we will send it out to the group individually, depending if it is time-sensative. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 

Click here for most recent CHNA 6 email distribution list. If there are any mistakes or additions, please email

Our monthly newsletter will also help connect you to valuable resources and events in the area:

On behalf of the Steering Committee, we would like to wish Fr. Mac Murray good luck and safe travels as he embarks on his 2-month long sabbatical. Fr. Mac will be missed for all that he does for the community and as Chair of CHNA 6, but we are happy for him and the spiritual journey that he is about to begin! 

Rebecca Donham, Senior Program Officer for the MetroWest Health Foundation and CHNA 6 Co-Chair will be taking on Fr. Mac's duties in his absence. Rebecca can be reached at: 

Thank you Rebecca and good luck Fr. Mac!
About CHNA 6:
Greater Milford Community Health Network (CHNA 6) is one of 27 Community Health Network Areas (CHNAs) across Massachusetts. We serve the 13 communities of: Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Franklin, Hopedale, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton and Uxbridge.  CHNA 6 is a partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Milford Regional Medical Center, local service agencies, schools, businesses, Boards of Health, community health centers and other health organizations, as well as other concerned citizens who are working together to build healthier communities.

For more information, visit our website: 

Chair:  Father William MacDonald "Mac" Murray at
Co-Chair: Rebecca Donham at