Connected Communities Implementation Grant

The Connected Communities Implementation Grant program was designed to support organizations in demonstrating community collaboration using health IT to address real-world, practical and measurable healthcare needs among the patients they serve and to improve care coordination.

Connected Communities Grantees & Collaborators

Map of MeHI Connected Communities Implementation Grantees & Collaborators.

Grantee Organization


Behavioral Health Network 

Springfield, Mass.

Berkshire Medical Center 

Pittsfield, Mass.

Brockton Neighborhood Health Center 

Brockton, Mass.

Cape Cod Healthcare         

Hyannis, Mass.

Lowell General PHO   

Lowell, Mass.

Reliant Medical Center

Worcester, Mass.

Upham's Corner Health Center

Dorchester, Mass.

Whittier Independent Practice Association (IPA) 

Newburyport, Mass.

In June, 2016, MeHI announced seven full implementation awards of $434,000. An additional pilot grant project was awarded for the amount of $22,123 to Upham's Corner Health Center.

Click here for a grant project overview listing details and highlights from each of the eight projects.

Case Studies

Brockton Neighborhood Health Center Cape Cod Healthcare Logo

Resources for Grantees and Collaborators

The following information was curated for Connected Communities grantees and their collaborators. It contains information and resources to help participants progress successfully through the grant program, and was updated regularly as the program progressed.

2017 MeHI Forum

On December 13, 2017, MeHI hosted the third annual MeHI Forum, an in-person event for the Connected Communities grantees and their collaborators. The links below provide access to the presentation slides, attendees list, event webpage, and photos.

Presentation Slides
Forum Attendee List
MeHI Forum Event Webpage

Useful Grant Resources

These resources supported grantees in succesful achievement of grant deliverables, which include guidance in the areas of performance measurement, workflow implementation, and community engagement.

Overview of Milestone Requirements Webinar (presented on 3/15/17) Recording | PowerPoint 
Connected Communities Grant Q&As — updated August 4, 2016
Connected Communities Grant Outcome Measures Guide
Collaborator Requirements for Grant
Sample Invoice Template
Connected Communities Program Overview PowerPoint (8/4/16) - share this with your organizational leadership!
Connected Communities Implementation Grant Overview PowerPoint (8/4/16)

Transformation Plan Milestone

Templates and Forms — Required

Transformation Plan Template
Health IT Spreadsheet
Use Case Development Form
Budget and Invoice Cost Summary

Guidance and Reference Documents

Transformation Plan Checklist
Transformation Plan — With Sections Highlighted that Require Collaborators’ Input
Health IT Diagram Examples

Milestone 1

Templates and Forms - Required

Milestone 1 Checklist (updated 3/1/17)
Milestone 1 Template (updated 3/1/17)
Milestone 1 Attestation Form 

Guidance and Reference Documents

ONC Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information (April 2015)
HHS Model Notices of Privacy Practices
AHRQ Workflow Educational Presentations
AHRQ Workflow Tool Examples
Sample Mass HIway Participation Agreement

Enterprise Consent Model for use with the Mass HIway - Deborah Adair, Partners Healthcare
Workflow Planning/Implementation & Change Management - Michelle Schneider, Iatric Systems
Measurement Strategies: Using EHR Data to Improve Outcomes - Stephanie Baker & Dawn Hobill, Healthcentric Advisors

Milestone 2

Templates and Forms - Required

Milestone 2 Checklist (updated 3/1/17)
Milestone 2 Template (updated 3/2/17)
Milestone 2 Attestation Form

Process Improvement Plan (Grantee Specific Plan Templates below)

Process Improvement Plan - Behavioral Health Network
Process Improvement Plan - Berkshire Medical Center
Process Improvement Plan - Brockton Neighborhood Health Center
Process Improvement Plan - Cape Cod Healthcare
Process Improvement Plan - Lowell General PHO
Process Improvement Plan - Reliant Medical Group
Process Improvement Plan - Upham's Corner Health Center
Process Improvement Plan - Whittier IPA
Process Improvement Plan - Blank Template

Guidance and Reference Documents

Process for Requesting Transaction Logs from Mass. HIway
Lowell General PHO's Process Improvement Plan 
Milestone 2 Workflow Diagram Example
Milestone 2 Logical Process Diagram Example
AHRQ How Do I Evaluate Workflow? PowerPoint Presentation
*See Milestone 1 for additional Guidance and Reference Documents
Mass. HIway Regulations (Updated 2/10/17)
Mass. HIway Regulations Summary Document (Updated February 2017)
Mass. HIway Regulations FAQs Document (Updated February 2017)

Milestone 3

Risk Mitigation Plan
Milestone 3 Checklist
Milestone 3 Attestation Form

Milestone 4 - Sustainability Plan

Milestone 4 Checklist
Expansion Plan Template
Milestone 4 Attestation Form

2016 Forum Showcase Presentations

On November 1st, 2016, MeHI hosted the second annual MeHI Forum, which included educational presentations, networking, and showcased Connected Communities' grantees' projects. You will find video recordings and slides from the event here. The slides featuring grantees' projects and use cases are also posted below. 

Connected Communities: Berkshire Health System

Dr. Mark Snowise, M.D., Berkshire Health System

Slides | Recording

Lowell General PHO: MeHI Connected Communities Project

Cristin Freed & Nikki Starrett, Lowell General Hospital PHO

Slides | Recording

Whittier IPA: Wellport Medication Process

Dr. Joe Heyman, M.D., Whittier IPA

Slides | Recording

Reliant Medical Group: IMPACT 2.0

Dr. Larry Garber, M.D., Reliant Medical Group

Slides | Recording


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MeHI Resources

The HIE Toolkit provides tools and use case examplesresources, and a library for guiding an organization through the Health Information Exchange (HIE) process.

Mass HIway Resources 

The Mass HIway is the Massachusetts statewide Health Information Exchange. Learn more about Connection Methods and Participant Rates to get started.

The Mass HIway Directory lists healthcare organizations enrolled in the Massachusetts Statewide Health Information Exchange (Mass HIway).