Education grants, outstanding businesses, and physician leaders

Bernice Boateng, a nursing student at Regis College, practices delivering patient care in one of the university’s simulation labs.
Bernice Boateng, a nursing student at Regis College, practices delivering patient care in one of the university’s simulation labs.(Anna Webster/Regis College)

The Needham Education Fund recently announced the recipients of 16 grants totaling $67,553. One grant will be used to redesign Needham High’s library to focus on collaborative space for group projects. Mitchell Elementary School received funds for a yoga and mindfulness program for fifth-graders. Pollard Middle School, Eliot Elementary School, and Broadmeadow Elementary School also were recipients. The next deadline to apply for grants is Jan. 22. Visit

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for outstanding businesses and community members. Applicants can submit an online form for the categories “Citizen of the Year,” “Business of the Year,” and “Community Business of the Year.” Winners will be announced mid-January and honored at a community gala on March 19. The last day to submit an application is Dec. 31. Visit


The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers held elections in Cambridge on Nov. 27 to determine who would lead the health and social services organization for the next two years. Susan Pacheco, an Arlington resident and the board vice president for the past two years, will be taking over as president. Visit

Regis College in Weston has received a $600,000 grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust for students in the university’s accelerated bachelor’s of science in nursing program. The charitable trust supports the health, welfare, and education of student nurses. Beginning in the spring 2019 term, Regis will begin using the grant money to award Fuld scholarships based on a student’s academic performance, commitment, and ability to contribute to the nursing profession. Visit

Fourteen health and human services organizations were recently awarded more than $730,000 by the MetroWest Health Foundation to promote health in their communities. Framingham-based Advocates Inc. received $140,000 to help immigrants with mental health issues, and the MetroWest YMCA received $100,000 to renovate one of its facilities. To date, the MetroWest Health Foundation has awarded more than $59 million to local organizations.


A leading hospital business news and analysis magazine named the president of Newton-Wellesley Hospital one of “112 Hospital and Health System Physician Leaders to Know.” Becker’s Healthcare, which published Becker’s Hospital Review, listed Dr. Michael R. Jaff, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an active vascular medicine consultant, as someone who has helped advance health-care access in his community. Under his leadership, the hospital has received accolades from organizations such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Leapfrog Group, Healthgrades, and The Boston Globe. Visit

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