Mass. governor to celebrate health initiative

HOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick is set to celebrate the launch of the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund that officials hope will help cut health care costs by preventing chronic illnesses.

The initiative is intended to reduce costs tied to diseases such as diabetes, obesity and asthma that can be prevented if people know how to maintain and manage their health.

In January, Patrick announced that nine community-based partnerships, including the Boston Public Health Commission, city of Worcester and city of Lynn and the Berkshire Medical Center will receive initial funding from the program.

Funding will be subjected to the specific health and cost savings benchmarks administered by the Department of Public Health.

On Monday, Patrick will travel to the Holyoke Health Center to celebrate the launch of the program.

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