Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center launches another round of substance use prevention subaward funding

News release

Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center's (MAHHC) Community Health Department and The Collaborative, as co-managers of the Vermont State Prevention Lead grant for Region Four (PL4), has released a Subaward Request for Applications (RFA) from October 18 – November 20, 2023. The Prevention Lead Grant is a Vermont state-funded award granted to four districts to address substance misuse prevention in communities. Anticipated total funds available through Prevention Lead Grant for contracts and subawards total $808,500.

MAHHC, a member of Dartmouth Health, is currently requesting project proposals from organizations and community agencies that align with the goals of preventing and reducing the substance use/misuse across all ages and substances as well as decreasing geographic and other health disparities. Geographically, these funds cover the populations served by the VT Department of Health District Offices of Bennington, Brattleboro, Springfield, and White River Junction. Organizations serving these areas are encouraged to apply. Funds should be used towards building infrastructure and capacity or towards developing strategies that decrease the initiation or general misuse of any substance by any age group, and/or addressing health disparities.

Funding for the awards is provided by the Vermont Department of Health, Prevention Lead Grant. "A regional approach allows us to build an expanded substance misuse prevention system in Vermont that honors and respects regional strengths and differences, includes all substances and age groups, and optimizes and enhances health and wellbeing in Vermont," said Traci Sawyers, Director of Prevention Services, Department of Substance Use Programs. Anyone interested in a grant opportunity can review materials and download an application by visiting the Prevention Lead Region 4 Request for Applications website.

About Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center

Founded in 1933, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) is a not-for-profit community hospital network in Vermont, including the critical access-designated Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Historic Homes of Runnemede, a senior residential care campus in Windsor, as well as the Ottauquechee Health Center in Woodstock. A member of the Dartmouth Health system, MAHHC provides primary care and a comprehensive suite of specialty services, along with 25 inpatient beds, a therapeutic pool and an acclaimed, fully modernized 10-bed Acute Rehabilitation Center. Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is dedicated to improving the lives of those it serves and is at the hub of a wide network of community resources that have partnered to cover gaps in services and improve overall population health. One of the largest employers in the area, MAHHC acknowledges its employees as its greatest asset and has been recognized by the Governor's Office with an Excellence in Worksite Wellness award.
Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), is a recent recipient of Best Practice recognition by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) for health care quality, and is recognized by the American Hospital Association (AHA) as one of the "Most Wired" hospitals for integration of technology to boost clinical performance. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has awarded MAHHC with Level 3 status, the highest level of medical home designation.

About Dartmouth Health

Dartmouth Health, New Hampshire's only academic health system and the state's largest private employer, serves patients across northern New England. Dartmouth Health provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH, as well as across its wide network of hospitals, clinics and care facilities. DHMC is consistently named the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in numerous clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth Health includes Dartmouth Cancer Center, one of only 54 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation, and the only such center in northern New England; Dartmouth Health Children’s, which includes Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, the state’s only children’s hospital, and multiple clinic locations around the region; member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene and New London, NH, and Bennington and Windsor, VT; Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and more than 24 clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. Through its historical partnership with Dartmouth and the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth Health trains nearly 400 medical residents and fellows annually, and performs cutting-edge research and clinical trials recognized across the globe with Geisel and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT. Dartmouth Health and its more than 13,000 employees are deeply committed to serving the healthcare needs of everyone in our communities, and to providing each of our patients with exceptional, personal care.