Sentara Health Foundation Awards 13 Organizations More than $177,000 in Community Recognition Grants
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Sentara Health Foundation Awards 13 Organizations More than $177,000 in Community Recognition Grants 

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Norfolk, VA – July 28, 2004 – Sentara Health Foundation recently awarded more than $177,000 in grants to support community programs and services in Hampton Roads.

With the recent $30,000 grant from Sentara Health Foundation, Catholic Charities of Hampton Roads will help 300 in-need seniors on the Peninsula like Majorie Cox.

A 57-year old Hampton resident, Cox was unable to afford her blood pressure medication, among some eight prescriptions she was routinely doing without.

"I believe that not taking my blood pressure medicine contributed to the stroke," said Cox. "This program has been a godsend."

Following are the 13 grants (by region or city) distributed during this round.

Cities: Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach

Park Place Medical Center (Portsmouth and Norfolk) - $20,000 to provide medication assistance to the indigent, frail, and elderly.

Help and Emergency Response, Inc. (Portsmouth and Chesapeake) - $9,459 to provide substance abuse screening, evaluation, and treatment for battered women seeking services.

Child and Family Services (Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach) - $6,000 to provide medically necessary transportation services for pregnant and parenting teens.

Hampton Roads (Entire Region)

Virginia Health Care Foundation (Regional) - $33,000 to implement health improvement projects to improve access to care.

St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children (Regional) - $10,000 to help improve access to basic healthcare for residents.

Rx Partnership (Regional) - $10,000 to coordinate donated prescription medication from participating pharmaceutical companies for low-income, uninsured patients in Virginia.

Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia – (Southampton Roads) - $20,000 to provide medication assistance to seniors at or below 150% of poverty.

Consortium for Infant and Child Health (Regional) - $5,000 to identify and enroll uninsured children in Medicaid and FAMIS.

Making a Difference Foundation (Regional) - $4,995 to provide translation and health information to the Hispanic population.

Peninsula

Catholic Charities of Hampton Roads - $30,000 to provide medication assistance for senior residents of Gloucester, Grafton, Hampton, Newport News, and York County at 150% of poverty.

Peninsula Christian Free Clinic - $19,296 to provide medical and dental services for residents of Hampton and Newport News at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.

Eastern Shore

Bayview Citizens for Social Justice, Inc. (Eastern Shore) - $5,000 to provide prenatal education and medical referrals for pregnant teens on the Eastern Shore.

Eastern Shore Community Services Network (Northampton County) - $5,000 to provide health education, screenings, and referrals for high-risk Eastern Shore residents.

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.

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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