Volunteerism at Fallon Health Benefits Underserved Populations

February 13, 2018

Fallon Health, based in Worcester, MA, advanced its commitment to addressing health care barriers in underserved populations with a robust year of employee volunteerism and strategic financial support.

Fallon employees contributed thousands of volunteer hours last year to address health care challenges of at-risk populations. That was in addition to the other giving initiatives of the organization, which include grants, hunger relief funding and sponsorships to more than 250 organizations across the state.

“As partners, advocates and volunteers, we have a long history of leadership in addressing health care barriers that have a real impact on the health and well-being of underserved communities,” said Richard Burke, president and CEO of Fallon Health. “We will continue to make a meaningful difference beyond grant-making and sponsorships by focusing on volunteering and strategic grants. We’ve seen firsthand the power of community involvement, whether it’s building and stocking a food pantry or helping first-generation students complete their college applications.”

Underserved communities face such challenges as health care access and affordability, nutrition and food insecurity, transportation, workforce development, housing and safety. Fallon employees worked to address these issues through hands-on efforts like building food pantries at community sites, participating in hurricane relief efforts, providing holiday gifts and meals to hundreds of families, contributing to the annual United Way campaign, and volunteering for Working for Worcester, the Worcester Public Schools College Application Day, and the United Way Day of Caring.

Fallon continued to provide support to the Worcester Women’s Leadership Conference, the Canal Diggers 5K, and the Independence Day Celebration and St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Worcester.

The not-for-profit organization engaged community and corporate leaders, nonprofit and community organizations, business partners, brokers, providers and vendors through events such as health fairs, local coalitions, boards, focus groups and educational forums, including a Cost of Caregiving Forum.

“One new way in which we will make a positive impact in 2018 is our participation in three of MassHealth’s new accountable care organizations, which are designed to improve health outcomes,” said Burke.

Founded in 1977, Fallon Health provides health care services designed to meet the unique and changing needs of all of its patient populations. Its Senior Care Services division includes Summit ElderCare, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

For more information, visit the Fallon Health website.

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