Sentara Health Foundation Awards $593,000 in Community Grants
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Norfolk, VA – February 9, 2007Sentara Health Foundation recently awarded 23 grants for 2007, totaling more than $593,221 to support community programs that promote health and wellness.

Hampton Roads (entire region)
Access Partnership - $70,000 to develop improved access to medical services for underinsured and uninsured residents of Greater Hampton Roads.

Rx Partnership - $15,000 to coordinate state-wide program to help low-income citizens without insurance for prescription medication access free medications.

Child & Family Services of Eastern Virginia - $50,000 to provide mental health services and substance abuse counseling to uninsured, underinsured, and low-income residents.

Seton Youth Shelters - $17,500 to provide access to basic mental health crisis counseling for youth ages 9-18 at shelter locations.

House of Esther - $15,000 to coordinate crisis pregancy services including: prenatal and postpartum care, teen parenting classes, and referrals to community agencies.

Beach Health Clinic, Inc. (Virginia Beach)
- $23,787 to provide cancer screening for qualifying male and female clinic patients.

Chesapeake Care, Inc. (Southside Region)- $30,000 to expand dental care for the uninsured through the volunteer based dental program.

ForKids, Inc. (Southside Region) - $23,796 to coordinate transportation for homeless shelter children who require immediate health care needs when entering shelter services.

Operation Blessing (Southside Region)- $47,970 to provide free basic dental care to needy citizens of South Hampton Roads with mobile dental clinic.

Minority Health Coalition of South Hampton Roads, Inc. (Southside Region) - $20,000 to promote good health practices, disease prevention, and improve access to health care in faith based organizations.

The Oral Health Improvement Coalition of South Hampton Roads (Southside Region)- $40,000 to improve dental care to uninsured residents of Hampton Roads.

Portsmouth Community Health Center, Inc. (Portsmouth and Norfolk) - $40,000 to provide full-time pharmacy technicians to help indigent and frail/eldery patients obtain medications.

Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia (Southside Region) - $50,000 to help low income individuals find and apply for free or reduced medications.

The American Red Cross - Suffolk Chapter (Suffolk) - $30,000 to provide elderly care training for individuals who provide personal care in a family setting.

Chesapeake Health Investment Program (Chesapeake) - $37,114 to provide support, education, and referrals for expecting new parents in South Hampton Roads.

International Black Women's Congress (Southside) - $29,000 to support and monitor prenatal care for teens in Norfolk's public housing to prevent premature births.

Menchville House Ministries (Peninsula Region)
- $3,500 to help women and children in homeless shelters find affordiable medical services.

Center for Sexual Assault Survivors (Peninsula Region) - $6,553 to provide advocacy and treatment services to victims of sexual assault.

Self Protection Awareness (Peninsula Region) - $15,000 to improve access to medical services for the homeless.

Circle of Love Faith In Action Senior's Volunteer Program (Hampton, Newport News and Yorktown) - $7,000 to coordinate free transportation for frail, elderly, handicapped, and those with debilitating health conditions.

Peninsula Agency on Aging, Inc. (Peninsula Region) - $7,000 to coordinate transportation for seniors to doctors' appointments, medical tests, and pharmacy.

Horizons Unlimited Youth and Family Development, Inc. (Hampton and Newport News) - $5,000 to conduct Heathly Youth Health Family educational project designed to reduce teen pregnancy in at-risk communites of Newport News.

Eastern Shore
Eastern Shore Community Services Network, Inc. (North Hampton and Accomack Counties) - $10,000 to provide education about diabetes management and intervention among African Americans on the Eastern Shore.

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 Foundation identifies community health-related needs and enables 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. To learn more about Sentara Health Foundation, or to make a contribution, please visit


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