Sentara Health Foundation Awards Area Organizations $185,000 in Community Recognition Grants
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Sentara Health Foundation Awards Area Organizations $185,000 in Community Recognition Grants 

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Norfolk - December 5, 2001 - The Sentara Health Foundation announces the distribution of $185,000 in grant money to support community programs and services in Hampton Roads. This recent disbursement brings the total amount of monies awarded by the Foundation during the past two years to well over $1 million dollars.

On December 7 from noon to 1:30 p.m., Sentara Health Foundation will honor its latest round of community recognition grant recipients at a luncheon at the Holiday Inn Select on North Military Highway.

The organizations that will receive grants during this round include:
The Planning Council - $40,000 to develop a Pharmacy Access Partnership of Hampton Roads to help organizations improve access to pharmacy care for low income uninsured and underinsured individuals; 
 Beach Health Clinic - $31,300 to continue to increase and expand direct assistance to the uninsured and underinsured impoverished adults living in Virginia Beach; 
 Portsmouth Community Health Center - $24,192 to utilize Pharmacy Connection software and registered pharmacy technicians to provide medications to elderly and indigent populations who use the Center; 
 Chesapeake Care Free Clinic - $20,000 to provide operative and restorative dental care to uninsured adults with limited income; 
 Hampton Ecumenical Lodgings and Provisions, Inc. - $15,000 to increase the capacity of the H.E.L.P. Free Clinic to provide primary health care by adding a paid nurse practitioner and paying for additional pharmaceuticals needed; 
 The American Cancer Society - $12,000 to provide rides for cancer patients who have no access to their cancer treatments and medical appointments;
Seton House - $10,000 to provide basic mental health care services through case management and counseling to teens ages 12-17 and their parents; 
 File of Life/The Commonwealth of Virginia State Triad Executive Board - $9,992 to distribute packets containing medical information card, stickers and magnetic holders to senior citizens who may need Emergency Medical Services; 
 Angel Flight of Virginia - $5,000 to build the infrastructure of Angel Flight of Virginia so it may triple its patient service capacity over a three-year period; 
 American Diabetes Association - $5,000 to support the ADA African American Program/Diabetes Sunday Program designed to reach African Americans through their communities and their churches;
CANDII - $5,000 to help instill life skills for youth by providing youth group education on pregnancy prevention, HIV/AIDS and STD prevention, general health counseling, safe sex, abstinence and other key areas. 
 Peninsula AIDS Foundation - $3,000 to provide public transportation vouchers to HIV/AIDS clients to facilitate travel to medical appointments; 
 Making a Difference Foundation - $2,500 to help reduce the risks of certain diseases that directly effect the Hispanic population; 
 LensCrafters Foundation (headquartered in Ohio) - $2,000 to deliver eye exams and new glasses in three days to 300 pre-selected students from the Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth and Suffolk school districts who've failed a school vision screening.

Sentara Health Foundation was established in July of 1998 to improve health and quality of life and to further Sentara's not-for-profit mission of serving the community. The primary focus of the Foundation is to identify health-related problems and needs that have not been met in the community and to help address them and enable solutions.

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