Sentara Health Foundation Awards 13 Organizations More than $150,000 in Community Recognition Grants
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Norfolk, VA – January 5, 2004 – Sentara Health Foundation recently awarded nearly $150,000 in grants to support community programs and services in Hampton Roads. The 13 organizations that received grants during this round include: 

-- Peninsula Institute for Community Health, Inc. (Regional) - $25,000 to provide diagnostic radiology services to Hampton Roads uninsured.
-- Beach Health Clinic (Virginia Beach) - $24,000 to help provide increased hours of service for medical care to uninsured in Virginia Beach.
-- Eastern Virginia Medical School – Adult Sickle Cell Clinic (Regional) - $24,000 to increase a comprehensive system of care to sickle cell patients in Hampton Roads.
-- Cancer Society Eastern Chesapeake Care Free Clinic (Regional) - $12,000 to provide free adult dental care for the uninsured on the Southside.
-- The American Virginia Region (Regional) - $10,500 to provide transportation for cancer patients to and from medical treatment appointments regionally. 
--  American Red Cross Adult Dental Clinic (Norfolk) - $10,000 to expand restorative dental care for uninsured adults in Norfolk. 
--  Office of Human Affairs (OHA), Inc. – Resource Mothers (Newport News) - $10,000 to provide transportation to Newport News mothers for educational, nutritional, and medical services before and after high-risk births.
-- CHIP/Healthy Families Chesapeake (Chesapeake) - $10,000 to provide case management services for early detection of pregnancy, access to prenatal care, and neonatal care for the uninsured in the city.
-- Judeo-Christian Outreach Center (Regional) - $9,000 to provide case management assessment and resources for health, mental health, and benefits to Southside’s homeless.
-- Seton House (Regional) - $7,000 to provide basic mental health care services through case management and counseling for high-risk teens in the area.
-- Peninsula Agency on Aging (Peninsula) - $5,000 to provide non-emergency medical transportation to medical appointments for low income, at-risk seniors.
-- St. Columbia Ecumenical Ministries, Inc. (Norfolk) - $2,500 to fund a matching grant that will assist in purchasing prescription medication for the homeless in Norfolk.
-- American Heart Association (Regional)- $1,000 to provide educational materials and supplies for screenings at the regional 2004 "Heart to Heart" Workshop.

About Sentara Health Foundation
Sentara Health Foundation was established in 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 community health-related needs and enable solutions.

Sentara Health Foundation accepts grant requests from organizations that demonstrate an ability to make a positive impact on any of the Foundation's current priorities including: 
--  Access to Basic Health Care Services 
--  Programs and Services that Improve Pregnancy Outcomes
-- Collaborative Health Improvement Initiatives
-- Services and Programs for the Frail and at Risk Elderly

For the past five years, Sentara Health Foundation has touched the lives of many Virginia residents from the Eastern Shore to the Upper Peninsula with grants to support community programs. During this time, more than $1.5 million have been distributed.

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