Sentara Health Foundation Awards 22 Organizations More than $305,000 in Community Recognition Grants
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Sentara Health Foundation Awards 22 Organizations More than $305,000 in Community Recognition Grants 

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Norfolk, VA - May 10, 2006 -- Sentara Health Foundation recently awarded 22 grants totaling more than $305,000 to support the following community programs and services.

1. Access Partnership - $50,000
Improve access to medical services to underinsured and uninsured adults of greater Hampton Roads.

2. American Red Cross Adult Dental - $12,000
Provide dental care to Norfolk adults without insurance.

3. Beach Health Clinic, Inc. $32,685
Provide womens services for uninsured adults including mammograms and flu vaccinations.

4. Center for Sexual Assault Survivors - $5,000
Provide support, treatment and advocacy to survivors of sexual violence.

5. Chesapeake Care, Inc. - $26,901
Provide staff support and supplies for the volunteer-based dental program for uninsured adults.

6. Child and Family Services of Eastern Virginia - $6,000
Provide transportation of volunteers who support and access high-risk pregnant and parenting teens.

7. The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia - $10,000
Provide supplemental nutritional food packages during the winter and spring breaks for children in the Kids Caf program.

8. Healthy Families Partnership, Inc. - $15,000
Provide new parents with health education and community resources through information and referrals.

9. Help and Emergency Shelter - $4,000
Provide non-emergency medical care, preventive care, pre-natal care, healthy child visits, prescription medications, and transportation for women and children living in the shelter.

10. Horizons Unlimited Youth and Family Development, Inc. - $5,000
Support the youth empowerment program to reduce teen pregnancy and socially transmitted diseases.

11. Menchville House - $2,500
Support health care expenses for women in shelter services.

12. Minority Health Coalition of South Hampton Roads, Inc. - $35,725
Support collaborative initiatives focused on improvement of minority health access and awareness.

13. Norfolk Community Services Board - $20,000
Support a mental health services worker to provide home-based care in the Housing First Program.

14. Old Dominion University - $10,000
Improve public health by increasing research and community interactions, and strengthening public health education.

15. Peninsula Agency on Aging, Inc. - $6,000
Provide transportation for low income, at-risk seniors to doctor appointments, medical tests and pharmacies.

16. The Salvation Army-Peninsula - $10,000
Provide assistance to high-risk individuals who are homebound with illness and serious medical needs.

17. Self Protection Awareness (SPA) - $10,000
Increase the health status of homeless individuals by providing access to medical services.

18. Seton Youth Shelters - $15,000
Provide outreach to high-risk teens in need of access to basic mental health care services as well as shelter, food and clothing.

19. Virginia Beach Police Department - $5,000
Support Project Lifesavera program that helps locate seniors with Alzheimers disease who have wandered from home.

20. Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education - $10,000
Support a collaborative initiative to identify solutions to the local nursing shortage.

21. Voices for Virginias Children - $5,000
Create awareness and action surrounding access to prenatal care for low income mothers in Hampton Roads.

22. YWCA of South Hampton Roads - $10,000
Coordinate and participate in collaborative initiatives in support of womens health issues.

About Sentara Health Foundation
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 eight 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 $2.4 million have been distributed.

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