Mosaic, grant challenges present from the start, city official says

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Interviews with city administrators, officials from other communities involved with the Massachusetts Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund grant and the state Department of Public Health paint a picture of general confusion dogging the administration of grant money intended to try innovative-but-unproven approaches to improving the health of underserved communities.

Mosaic Cultural Complex, a partner in the grant which spurred a city audit, has in the last several months found itself at the center of a web so tangled that City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. called Monday, Feb. 1, for state Attorney General Maura T. Healey’s office to intervene.

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Karyn Clark, chief of Community Health for the city’s Division of Public Health, said late last week that difficulties surrounding Mosaic and others involved in the grant could be traced to its inception.

“It’s been a challenging grant from the beginning, and I think we all knew it would be. It’s a very complicated grant. These other pieces, obviously, are very concerning,” Clark said.


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