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Community Benefits Strategic Grant and Partnership Awards

The Cape Cod Healthcare Community Benefits program promotes and supports Cape Cod Healthcare’s mission to coordinate and deliver the highest quality, accessible health services in order to enhance the health of all Cape Cod residents and visitors. As a non-profit tax exempt 501(c)(3) organiza­tion, we invest more than $27 million annually in community health initiatives to educate, inform and meet the needs of vulnerable populations in Barnstable County.

Through the Community Health Needs Assessment, Cape Cod Healthcare Community Benefits grants benefit community organizations and human service agencies who are addressing the social determinants of health.

For FY20, Cape Cod Healthcare Community Benefits supports organizations focused on the following:

Chronic Disease

Free Respite and Companion Programming for People Living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia related diseases: The Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Support Center (AFCSC) will provide free respite and companion programming for people living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia related diseases. The program is designed to address some of the most challenging symptoms of living with Alzheimer’s disease/Dementia and caring for someone living with AD/Dementia.

Integrative Therapies for People Facing Cancer (Wellness Cards): The Cape Wellness Collaborative will provide $250 wellness cards to anyone facing cancer on Cape Cod to obtain integrative therapies at any of the 90 service providers identified in their program. This includes: acupuncture, art therapy, caregiver support, chiropractic, craniosacral therapy, energy work & Reiki, massage & reflexology, nutrition counseling, Pilates, reiki, yoga.

Cape-wide HPV Related Cancer Prevention: Team Maureen will continue to educate the Cape Cod Community about HPV related cancers, the most common sexually transmitted infection in the USA.

Chronic Disease & Social Determinant of Health

Treatment Transport Program: The Boston Cancer Support will provide treatment transportation (FREE to their treatments and support services at CCH through LYFT).

Access & Equity: Breast Cancer Screening, Prevention & Wellness for Outer Cape Women: The Helping Our Women program will increase community awareness, schedule appointments and arrange transportation to breast cancer screenings.

Program Name: Basic Needs Safety Net for Individuals with Chronic and Infectious Diseases: The Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, Inc. will provide urgent financial assistance for basic human needs to individuals and families residing on Cape Cod by assessing barriers to all basic needs and providing help in the form of vouchers to the providers of the basic needs.

Social Determinant of Health -- Nutrition/Food

Fish for Families: Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, Inc. will sell their fish at market rate to a processor in New Bedford for one-pound packaging which are picked up by Family Pantry of Cape Cod for distribution to food pantries across Cape Cod.

Nourishing Newborns Together: The Health Imperatives, Inc. will provide a WIC access point two days per week onsite at Cape Cod Hospital at the Family Birthplace for onsite enrollment

Healthy Meals in Motion Mobile Pantry: The Family Pantry of Cape Cod will continue the mobile food pantry service to older persons on Lower Cape Towns to older persons on Lower Cape to insure healthy and nutritious food.

Prevention in the Built Environment

Pond Health: Preventing Cyanotoxin Poisoning: The Association to Preserve Cape Cod (AFCSC) will monitor and alert communities to dangerous levels of cyanobacteria before and after the visual blooms occur.

Chronic Disease

The Complete Health Improvement Plan: CHIP: YMCA will provide CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Plan) training to three staff members from YMCA to serve patients at Community Health in Mashpee, Duffy Health Center, Harbor Health, Outer Cape Health Services and Cape Cod Healthcare.

Infectious Disease

Coordinated Mental Health Interventions (CHMHI): The Barnstable County Sheriff Office intends to prevent transmission of HIV and HPV through Health literacy for those low income inmates at BCSCO who are HIV positive and/or present mental health issues and co-occurring substance use disorder.

Prevention & Health Equity 

Improving Health Literacy Within the Immigrant Community: The Cape Cod Literacy Council will embed Health literacy into ESOL (English as Second Language) classes.


Senior Outreach Program: The Samaritans on Cape Cod and Islands will continue senior telephone outreach and suicide prevention awareness to the older population.


SHINE: The Barnstable County Department of Human Services provides counseling to Barnstable County residents seeking assistance with Medicare enrollment and reenrollment through the Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone (SHINE) program. The Cape and Islands SHINE program is a regional program and has satellite offices in 26 locations, including 19 Council on Aging offices providing local access to Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers as they navigate the complex health insurance system.