Community Health Initiative

Improving Nantucket's health & wellness

Through a collaborative and strategic process, Nantucket Cottage Hospital will be making a series of investments in community health over the next five years with our Community Health Initiative.

Utilizing the Healthy Nantucket 2020 plan as a roadmap, NCH will establish a grant-making process to distribute $4.25 million over the next five years to address the most pressing health issues that have been identified by the island community. These one-time funds are available through the capital campaign for the new Nantucket Cottage Hospital, and represent an historic opportunity to improve the health and wellness of our island community.

The priorities for the Community Health Initiative include:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Women’s and Children’s Health
  • Access to Healthcare
  • Access to Housing

Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s Community Health Initiative grants are intended to foster collaboration among island organizations and kickstart innovative solutions to address Nantucket’s most pressing health needs. The process and structure for the Community Health Initiative have been approved by the state Department of Public Health, and will follow that agency’s policies and procedures for such expenditures.

Nantucket Cottage Hospital is collaborating on this initiative with The Community Foundation for Nantucket (CFN). Jeanne C. Miller, the program director for CFNAN, will serve as the program officer for the Community Health Initiative and will help facilitate the grant process.

The Community Health Initiative program embraces a broad definition of health, including physical, mental, and social well-being. Since health is influenced by the inter-relationships of social, environmental, and economic factors, good health requires that people are able to exercise personal and collective power over the conditions that influence their well being. Community Health Initiative expenditures are therefore directed not only to support effective health services, but also to build sustainable capacity for community health promotion involving broad-based cooperation among public and private sector institutions, organizations, leaders, and residents.

To that end, volunteer groups have been established around the four health priority areas to develop action plans to implement the goals and objectives identified in Healthy Nantucket 2020, as well as help foster the initial phase of the grant process. These groups and their respective chairs include:

  • Kevin Marshall and Alex Rosenberg, Behavioral Health
  • Dr. Jamie Roberts and Tracy Roberts, Women’s and Children’s Health
  • Dr. Nick Ouellette and Paula Leary, Access to Healthcare
  • Tucker Holland and Beth Ann Meehan, Access to Housing

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The formal grant process, including criteria, eligibility, and application documents, are still being developed. If you have questions or comments, please contact:

Jeanne C. Miller, Program Officer

or

Jason Graziadei, NCH Public Information Officer