Pain, isolation, loneliness, depression, and anxiety make the experience of illness deeply challenging for patients and caregivers alike. But Healwell massage therapy has a significant impact on outcomes for people affected by acute, chronic, and serious illness. Using mindfulness, embodiment, meditation, and other tools, it cultivates kind, skillful, self-aware practitioners and care teams who are equipped to prioritize equitable care for patients who would not otherwise have access to massage therapy – those who have been marginalized by race, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, or diagnosis. Breaking down barriers about who "deserves" to be seen and cared for with compassion, and serving some of the region's sickest, most underserved patients – among them, adult and pediatric oncology patients, homeless clients, incarcerated individuals – these professional and lay caregivers create a collaborative experience of care that ensures equity and humanity.

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Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Healwell is: Less than $500k

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