Foundation Awards $4 Million in Grants to 38 Organizations

St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 22, 2010 -- Thirty-eight Missouri nonprofits received a total of more than $4 million in grants recently awarded by the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH).  Funding assists organizations that work to improve the health of thousands of Missourians, especially the uninsured and underserved.  Grants support nonprofits’ programs in health care workforce enhancement; chronic disease management; mental health and substance abuse; organizational improvement; and tobacco prevention and cessation.

 MFH’s Health Care Workforce Development funding program supports projects that increase the number of health care practitioners in underserved areas; encourage youth to consider health careers; and increase nursing schools’ enrollment capacity.  MFH awarded a total of more than $1.6 million through four grants to:

CoxHealth, Springfield, $389,402.  With funding, the health system is creating an educational outreach program for nursing students, hiring new teaching and clinical placement staff, and adding a patient simulator program to train nursing students.

 Maryville University, St. Louis, $325,072.  Grant funding helps the university develop programs to increase retention and graduation rates for its weekend and evening nursing program.

 Missouri State University, Springfield, $487,681.  With funding, the university is developing programs to increase its family nurse practitioner faculty and enrollment, and to enhance students’ understanding of the health care needs of the underserved.

 Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, $475,662.  Funding helps the university develop tutoring and skill building programs to recruit and retain students in its accelerated bachelor of nursing degree program.

 Six grants totaling more than $1.1 million come through MFH’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse (MHSA) program.  MHSA supports community mental health centers’ collaboration with other senior agencies to increase access to behavioral health services for older adults.  Grant recipients are:

 Care Connection for Aging Services, Cedar and Hickory counties, $195,065.  Funding helps the organization provide staff training and offer depression prevention, outreach and education services for older adults in southwest Missouri.

 Clark Community Mental Health Center, Pierce City, $199,983.  The southwest Missouri organization is using grant funds to collaborate with local senior agencies and fill gaps in mental health services for the elderly.

Community Counseling Center, Cape Girardeau, $196,903.  With funding, the southeast Missouri behavioral health center is providing seniors with depression screening, referrals, and mobile services by psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers and nurse practitioners.

 Community Treatment Inc. (COMTREA), Festus, $172,871.  The St. Louis-area organization is using grant funds to increase the number of older adults screened and treated for behavioral health issues in Jefferson County.

OASIS Institute, St. Louis, $199,862.  Funding helps the institute collaborate with three other organizations to offer social and physical activity programs and chronic disease management services for seniors.

Pathways Community Behavioral Healthcare Inc., Cole County, $198,492.  With funding, the central Missouri organization is expanding services for older adults with late onset anxiety, depression and addictive disorders.

Six grants totaling $943,723 were made through MFH’s Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) funding program.  The grants are part of PCMH’s Advancing Chronic Care through Excellence in Systems and Support (ACCESS) initiative.  ACCESS funds projects that better coordinate care for patients with multiple chronic illnesses, including diabetes.  Grants were awarded to:

Audrain Medical Center, Mexico, $126,221.  Grant funding helps the central Missouri organization expand its staff and Telehealth videoconferencing capabilities to integrate behavioral health services into its existing primary care program.

Citizens Memorial Hospital District, Bolivar, $180,760.  With funding, the southwest Missouri organization is expanding its clinics’ services by offering Telehealth videoconferencing, new diagnostic testing equipment and new patient data collection methods.

CoxHealth, Springfield, $200,000.  Funding helps the health system hire new staff and develop a patient-centered medical home model for patient care in rural clinics.

Perry County Memorial Hospital, Perryville, $149,878.  Funding helps the southeast Missouri hospital improve underserved patients’ access to care through new mental health services, preventive screenings, and education.

Phelps County Regional Medical Center, Rolla, $88,400.  The central Missouri hospital is using funds to hire a patient care coordinator to assist low-income and uninsured patients, and those with mental health, physical abuse and substance abuse concerns.

Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital, Ste. Genevieve, $198,464.  Funding helps the southeast Missouri hospital expand its diabetes education and assessment capabilities.

Twenty-two grants totaling $348,895 were made under MFH’s Strategic Organizational Development (SOD) funding program.  SOD supports specific, short-term interventions that help an organization or coalition build capacity, improve operational efficiency and become more effective in improving Missourians’ health.  Grants were awarded to:

Alliance of Southwest Missouri, Joplin, $17,320.  Funding helps the southwest Missouri organization streamline its financial management systems.

ALS Association – St. Louis Regional Chapter, St. Louis, $19,950.  Funding helps the organization perform strategic planning activities and develop self-sustaining plans for its programs.

Bollinger County Health Center, Marble Hill, $17,138.  With funding, the southeast Missouri center is seeking technical assistance in organizational assessment and planning so it can pursue new accreditation.

Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center, Cape Girardeau, $17,138.  The health center is obtaining technical assistance for organizational assessment to pursue new accreditation.

Center for Hearing-Speech, St. Louis, $18,000.  With funding, the organization is improving its marketing and strategic communications efforts.

Children’s Home Society of Missouri, St. Louis, $15,079.  Funding helps the organization enhance its messaging and awareness as it expands programming.

Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Southwest Missouri, Springfield, $14,300.  Funding helps the organization better track program outcomes and evaluate program effectiveness.

Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments, St. Louis, $12,900.  With grant funding, the organization is expanding its fund raising and development activities.

Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis, St. Louis, $15,270.  The organization is using grant funds to expand its strategic planning efforts.

East Central Missouri Area Health Education Center, St. Louis, $17,900.  With grant funding, the organization plans to focus on improving its sustainability programming and strategic planning.

Giant Steps of St. Louis, St. Louis, $8,763.  The organization is using grant funds to perform short-term business and financial planning.

Healthy Youth Partnership, St. Louis, $15,250.  The organization plans to use grant funds to develop a strategic communications plan to better engage its current members and attract new ones.

Jefferson County Community Partnership Inc., Barnhart, $7,136.  The St. Louis-area organization plans to use grant funds to track and evaluate the effectiveness of its programs.

LifeLine Pregnancy Help Center, Kirksville, $14,050.  The northeast Missouri organization is using grant funds to better market its services and communicate its mission.

Madison County Health Department, Fredericktown, $16,964.  With grant funds, the southeast Missouri health department is performing organizational assessment and planning for new accreditation.

Memory Care Home Solutions, St. Louis, $19,258.  The organization plans to use grant funds to improve program evaluation and data collection.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, St. Louis, $9,734.  Grant funds help the organization perform program evaluation and improve data collection, analysis and reporting.

Places for People Inc., St. Louis, $17,500.  Funding helps the organization create a communications plan as it merges with another agency and establishes a new brand identity.

Services for Independent Living, Columbia, $20,000.  The organization plans to use funding to assist with fund development and strategic communications.

St. Louis for Kids, St. Louis, $18,875.  With funding, the organization is seeking support for strategic planning and capacity building efforts.

Stoddard County Public Health Center, Bloomfield, $17,245.  Funding helps the southeast Missouri health center perform organizational assessment and prepare for new accreditation.

Variety - The Children’s Charity of St. Louis, St. Louis, $19,125.  Grant funds help the organization expand fund raising and development efforts.

MFH’s Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Initiative (TPCI) is a multi-year effort to reduce tobacco use in the state through a variety of funding strategies.  MFH awarded one TPCI grant to:

Westminster College, Fulton, $134,659.  Funding helps the central Missouri college provide smoking cessation programming and education, and advocate for smoke-free communities.

Established in 2000, MFH is the largest nongovernmental funder of community health activities in Missouri.  MFH is in its eighth year of grantmaking, having issued more than $398 million in grants and awards to date.  It is dedicated to improving the health of unserved and underserved residents in 84 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis.