Sentara Health Foundation
recently awarded 14 grants totaling more than $219,000 to support the following community programs and services (listed by region and city). Cities
: Portsmouth, Norfolk, Virginia Beach
Portsmouth Community Health Center, Inc. / Park Place Medical Center (Portsmouth) - $20,000 to provide a pharmacy technician to assist high-risk residents with their medications.
St. Marys Home for Disabled Children (Norfolk) - $15,000 to hire a full-time certified recreation therapist to work with severely disabled children.
Judeo-Christian Outreach Center (Virginia Beach) - $10,000 to provide a medical case manager to residents, ensure success with the new Supportive Housing Project and decrease reliance on ER care for shelter residents. Hampton Roads
Virginia Health Care Foundation (Regional) - $34,000 for health improvement projects.
Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia (Southside) - $25,000 to assist residents living at or below 150 percent of poverty level in obtaining free medications.
American Cancer Society (Southside) $22,000 to help educate African-American men about prostate cancer screenings, the importance of early detection and local treatment options.
Circle of Love Faith in Action (Southside) - $12,480 to provide transportation to medical appointments, as well as other community services, for seniors.
Rx Partnership (Regional) - $10,000 to coordinate a program for uninsured, low-income citizens to access free prescription medications.
American Diabetes Association (Regional) - $7,500 to conduct workshops focused on diabetes awareness, particularly youth and Type-2 diabetes, as well as healthy eating, increasing physical activity and cardiovascular disease awareness.
Consortium for Infant and Child Health (Regional) - $5,000 to identify and enroll uninsured children in insurance programs through outreach and application assistance.
Mental Health Association in South Hampton Roads (Southside) - $3,000 to assist mental illness patients with counseling, mentoring and support groups. Peninsula
Catholic Charities of Hampton Roads, Inc. (Peninsula) - $30,000 to assist in obtaining certain prescription medications for adults at or below 150 percent of poverty level.
Peninsula Christian Free Clinic (Peninsula) - $15,600 to provide pharmacy care to low-income patients. Eastern Shore
Eastern Shore Community Services Network, Inc. (Eastern Shore) - $10,000 to provide vital educational programs on diabetes management and intervention.
Sentara Health Foundation was established in 1998 to improve health and quality of life and to further Sentaras not-for-profit mission of serving the community. The Foundations charge is to identify community health-related needs and enable solutions, with a primary focus on access to basic health care services, improved pregnancy outcomes, coalition building, and services for the frail and at-risk elderly.
For the past six years, Sentara Health Foundation has touched the lives of many Virginia residents from the Eastern Shore to Greater Hampton Roads through grants supporting community programs. Since its inception, more than $2.2 million have been distributed.