Norfolk, VA (March 19, 2012) - Sentara Health Foundation makes a difference to community organizations which share our mission of improving the health of the Hampton Roads community. For 2012, Sentara Health Foundation has awarded 31 grants totaling $600,000 to organizations promoting health and wellness from Virginia Beach to the Eastern Shore.
This continues a long history of community grant making through Sentara Health Foundation. Below are several examples of how funding is being used throughout 2012, followed by a full grant listing.
Sentara Health Foundation makes a difference in homeless prevention in Hampton Roads
“Health and housing are very connected,” says Julie Dixon, program administrator with The Planning Council. Serving the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach, The Planning Council’s Homeless Prevention Program is designed to prevent persons from becoming homeless and to return homeless individuals and families to permanent housing.
Dixon knows that people must maintain their health to keep a job, and a good job is key to keeping a roof over their heads.
“What the Sentara Foundation is doing through community grants is assisting the needs of homeless prevention programs and improving the health of our homeless so they can get back on their feet,” says Dixon.
She recalls a $12,000 Sentara Foundation grant to St. Columba Ecumenical Ministries, Inc. which supports a prescription program for homeless individuals while their long-term resources are established. And a $30,000 grant to Union Mission coordinates healthcare for individuals who are homeless and in need of medical attention.
“I have a bird’s-eye view of the organizations in this area dedicated to the prevention of homelessness and the care of those currently homeless and I began to see that the Sentara Foundation was touching many of these programs, not to mention the work they are doing with clinics and community health centers in Hampton Roads,” says Dixon.
Sentara Health Foundation Community Recognition Grants to be Funded in 2012
Direct Patient Care
Clinics and Community Health Centers - Southside
- Beach Health Clinic - $25,000 – To support operations serving the indigent and uninsured working population of Virginia Beach.
- Chesapeake Care Inc. - $25,000 – To support operations serving the indigent and uninsured working population of Chesapeake.
- Park Place Health and Dental Clinic - $25,000 – To support their dental clinic, which serves low-income Norfolk residents without dental insurance.
- Hampton Roads Community Health Center Inc. - $65,000 – To support operations serving the populations of Norfolk, Portsmouth and surrounding Hampton Roads area regardless of ability to pay.
- Western Tidewater Free Clinic - $25,000 – To support operations serving the indigent and uninsured working population of Western Tidewater.
Clinics and Community Health Centers - Peninsula
- Community Free Clinic of Newport News - $30,000 – To support operations serving the indigent and uninsured working population of Newport News.
- Peninsula Institute for Community Health (PICH) - $30,000 – To support the clinic’s dental program, which provides preventive dental care as an intervention to reduce and improve the health status of residents.
- H.E.L.P. Inc. - $20,000 – To provide support to the Regional Oral Health Initiative of the Greater Virginia Peninsula Consortium of Free Clinics, which provides dental care for uninsured, low income persons.
- Lackey Free Clinic - $25,000 – In support of the Basic Health Services and Pharmacy Expansion Project, serving hypertension patients and providing pharmacy staff assistance.
- Gloucester-Mathews Free Clinic - $20,000 – In support of the Pharmacy Support Project, enabling the clinic to maintain its on-site pharmacy to fill prescriptions, provide diabetic testing supplies to patients with Type 2 diabetes, and clinical medication counseling to patients with low health literacy skills.
- Olde Towne Medical Centers - $25,000 – To support the Pediatric Dental Clinic which serves children who are medically indigent and uninsured, and those with Medicaid.
Other Direct Patient Care and Connection to Care Services
Boys and Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula - $22,400 – To support the “Smart Smiles at the Dentist” program, which improves access to dental care for low-income children and youth.
Catholic Charities - $23,000 - To support the Training and Therapy for the Uninsured program which offers short-term counseling services to uninsured adults in southeastern Virginia.
Chesapeake Health Investment Program - $15,500 – To provide dental varnishing to infants and pre-school children, and to provide dental health education and dental hygiene materials to low-income children and their parents.
ForKids Inc. - $25,000 – To improve the health status of homeless families by providing them with medical case management services; assistance with medical, dental and mental health care and prescriptions; and transportation.
Ghent Area Ministry - $10,300 – To support the Health Services program, providing short-term financial assistance for uninsured, under-insured, low-income adult residents of Norfolk, who need assistance with prescriptions, basic emergency dental care, and basic vision needs.
Mary Buckley Foundation - $8,000 – In support of their case management service which provides assistance to adults who are disabled as a result of a brain injury.
Mother Seton House t/a Seton Youth Shelters - $15,000 – To support their crisis counseling, group counseling and case management services for at-risk youth and young adults.
Office of Human Affairs – $15,000 – To support the Resource Mothers program in Newport News, assisting pregnant and parenting teens with mentoring, encouragement and support services to ensure they give birth to healthy babies and become successful parents.
Peninsula Agency on Aging - $5,000 – To support the Peninsula Aging and Disability Resource Network, a local approach to create a fully functional aging and disability resource center at the regional level.
Peninsula Fine Arts Center - $5,000 – To support the Healing Arts Project, a therapy program for soldiers and veterans which re-builds the participants’ physical and emotional skills through art experiences and therapy.
People in Need Ministry - $15,000 – To support PIN in their mission of providing Virginia Beach homeless individuals with basic medical care by utilizing volunteer doctors and nurses.
Project Care of the Greater Peninsula - $8,000 – To support their Project Access, a program connecting low-income uninsured Virginia Peninsula residents to donated primary and specialty medical care services.
RxPartnership - $15,000 – To support their efforts of connecting Hampton Roads free clinics and community health centers with pharmaceutical partners which donate prescription medications in bulk.
St. Columba Ecumenical Ministries Inc. - $12,000 – To support the Prescription Program, which assists Norfolk homeless individuals with their medications while long-term resources are established.
The Arc of the Virginia Peninsula - $5,800 – To support their employment program which offers successful employment to individuals with developmental and other disabilities.
The Up Center - $10,000 – To support the expansion of the Trauma Informed Care Mental Health Services program, which addresses medical health needs of Hampton Roads victims of domestic violence, homelessness, child abuse, military deployments or other trauma.
Union Mission Ministries - $30,000 – To support the Wellness Program, healthcare coordination for individuals who experience homelessness in Hampton Roads.
Virginia Supportive Housing - $25,000 – To support their efforts in providing mental health support services to South Hampton Roads tenants who have long-term, severe psychiatric disabilities.
Williamsburg Area Faith in Action - $10,000 – To support their medical transportation program for providing transportation to seniors and adults with a chronic illness or physical disability.
YWCA of South Hampton Roads - $10,000 – To support the Women in Crisis Domestic Violence Shelters and Program specifically supporting case management of children fleeing domestic violence in the city of Norfolk.
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