Established in January 2014, the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF) of Massachusetts is the first of its kind in the nation to focus on community prevention and wellness work. Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the PWTF represents a significant increase in available funding for these efforts.
Over a four-year span, nearly $60 million will be invested in offering free, evidence-based community interventions that address key priority areas of hypertension, falls prevention among older adults, substance abuse, and tobacco cessation. Through the utilization and tracking of these evidence-based programs, the goal of the PWTF partnership is to achieve measurable population health improvements. This funding enabled the Town of Weymouth to hire and train staff in implementation of community interventions; increase community outreach and collaboration efforts; and offer free wellness programs in the community.
Nine partnerships were awarded funding across the state, and previous successes and a strong partnership with Manet Community Health Center led to Weymouth being one of the members in the Quincy Weymouth Wellness Initiative partnership.