MFH Awards $1 Million to 49 Organizations 

ST. LOUIS - July 2, 2012   Forty-nine Missouri nonprofits have received a total of more than $1 million in grants recently awarded by Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH).  Funding assists organizations that work to improve the health of thousands of Missourians, especially the uninsured and underserved.  Grants in this round of funding support community health and prevention programs; better understanding of health information; health care workforce development; organizational development; and improved delivery of health services.  The funding includes MFH’s first “mini-grants,” designed to provide short-term support to organizations conducting small, targeted health improvement efforts.  

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Twelve mini-grants totaling $110,361 were made under MFH’s Community Health and Prevention (CHP) funding program.  The goal of CHP funding is to establish communities where good health, healthy behaviors, and the healthy choice are the norm. CHP mini-grants were awarded to:

Audrain City-County Health Unit, Mexico, $9,850.  Funding helps the central Missouri organization promote healthy activity by installing bike racks and offering bike safety information.

Beyond Housing/Neighborhood Housing Services, St. Louis, $8,608. With funding, the organization is promoting use of local park space for healthy family activities.

Cole County Health Department, Jefferson City, $10,000.  Funding helps the central Missouri health department reduce drug use by offering educational materials on substance abuse prevention, warning signs, and community resources.

Jefferson City Area YMCA, Jefferson City, $7,695.  Funding helps the central Missouri facility add safe play equipment to encourage physical activity among young children.

Morgan County Health Center, Versailles, $10,000.  The central Missouri health department is using funding to educate families about positive parenting and child development.

Pathways Community Behavioral Healthcare Inc., Camden County, $9,625.  Funding helps the organization provide suicide prevention programs for young people in Camden County.

Randolph County Caring Community Partnership, Moberly, $10,000.  The central Missouri organization is using funding to add healthy lifestyle training to its existing breast cancer education program.

Saint Louis BicycleWORKS, St. Louis, $10,000.  Funding helps the organization expand its Earn-A-Bike program to encourage more schoolchildren to be physically active.

Saint Louis Effort for AIDS, St. Louis, $10,000. Funding helps the organization expand its testing, education and counseling services among women at risk for HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted conditions.

Trailnet Inc., St. Louis, $10,000.  With funding, the organization is expanding physical activity opportunities for children through safe walk-to-school programs.

Webb City Farmers Market, Webb City, $7,760.  Funding helps the southwest Missouri market staff a booth to demonstrate selection and preparation of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Women in Charge, St. Louis, $6,823. Funding helps the organization offer nutrition and physical activity education to women and families in need.

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 health professional schools’ enrollment and graduation capacity. MFH awarded grants to:

Phelps County Regional Medical Center, Rolla, $200,000.  Funding helps the central Missouri hospital and its partners create interest in health careers by establishing Health Occupations Students of America clubs in middle schools.

St. Louis Public Schools Foundation, St. Louis, $182,123.  With funding, the foundation is increasing students’ health career awareness through job shadowing, internships and related programs.

MFH made seven mini-grants totaling $97,222 through its Health Literacy funding program.  Health Literacy grants help organizations improve Missourians’ understanding of important health information, and enhance communication between consumers and care providers.  Organizations receiving Health Literacy mini-grants are:

Alliance of Southwest Missouri, Joplin, $9,987.  Funding helps the organization train staff to become certified mental health first aid instructors.

Cole County Health Department, Jefferson City, $12,999.  With funding, the central Missouri health department is producing new plain-language health literature and training staff in health literacy.

Deaconess Parish Nurse Ministries, St. Louis, $8,380.  Funding helps the organization provide health literacy training for parish nurses.

Families and Communities Together Inc. of Marion County, Hannibal, $19,750.  With funding, the northeast Missouri organization is offering instructor training in mental health first aid.

Jefferson County Community Partnership Inc., Barnhart, $19,436.  With funding, the St. Louis-area organization is offering instructor training in mental health first aid.

Missouri Family Health Council Inc., Jefferson City, $6,670.  Funding helps the organization develop plain-language literature on reproductive health and family planning.

University of Missouri-Columbia, $20,000.  The university grant is helping to increase patient safety and reduce health disparities through faculty and staff training in health literacy.                           

Seventeen mini-grants totaling $163,973 were made under MFH’s Services Delivery funding program.  The goal of Services Delivery funding is to help communities develop appropriate local safety nets to ensure continuity, coordination, availability and quality of care for all residents.  Services Delivery mini-grants were awarded to:

Adair County Health Department, Kirksville, $6,600.  Funds help the northeast Missouri health department produce an educational campaign on the importance of childhood immunizations.

ALS Association St. Louis Regional Chapter, St. Louis, $10,000.  With funding, the association is training its case managers in the use of new communication technology for patients with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).

Bootheel Counseling Services, Sikeston, $9,780.  The southeast Missouri organization is using funding to reduce clients’ seasonal flu risk through an educational campaign and vaccinations.

Dallas County Health Department, Buffalo, $10,000.  Funding helps the southeast Missouri health department provide preventive oral health education to schoolchildren.

Disability Resource Association of Jefferson County, Crystal City, $10,000.  Funding helps the St. Louis-area association educate seniors and disabled individuals about managing chronic conditions and living safely at home.

Dunklin County Caring Council, Kennett, $10,000. Funding helps the southeast Missouri organization provide asthma self-management training to students and school nurses.

Fordland Clinic, Fordland, $10,000.  Funding helps the southwest Missouri clinic establish a new digital imaging and dental health record system.

Logos School, St. Louis, $10,000.  With funding, the school is establishing a mental health outreach program for parents and students.

Mercy Hospital, Joplin, $9,623.  The southwest Missouri hospital is using funding to train employees in post-trauma mental health recovery skills.

Missouri Highlands Health Care, Ellington, $10,000.  The southeast Missouri organization is using funds to help its clinics achieve national recognition as patient-centered medical homes.

OACAC Family Planning, Springfield, $9,860. With funding, the southwest Missouri organization is providing enhanced HPV (human papillomavirus) testing for women age 30 and above.

Pathways Community Behavioral Healthcare Inc., Cole County, $9,360.  Funding helps the central Missouri organization offer mental health services to homeless individuals.

Phelps County Regional Medical Center, Rolla, $10,000.  With funding, the central Missouri hospital is providing staff and members of law enforcement with specialized training in sexual assault victim care. 

Provident Counseling Inc., St. Louis, $8,750.  The organization is using funds to train therapists in play therapy for children with behavioral and emotional disorders.

Putnam County Senior Citizens Organization, Unionville, $10,000.  Funding helps the northern Missouri organization conduct “boot camps” to educate seniors and caregivers about Medicare issues.

Randolph County Health Department, Moberly, $10,000.  Funding helps the central Missouri health department offer flu vaccination sites for residents.

Russell House, Rolla, $10,000. With funding, the central Missouri organization is offering wellness services for victims of domestic and sexual violence.

MFH’s Strategic Organizational Development (SOD) funding program supports specific, short-term interventions that help organizations and coalitions build capacity, improve operational efficiency and become more effective in improving Missourians’ health.  A total of $266,371 in SOD grants went to:

ALIVE (Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments), St. Louis, $20,000.  Funding helps the organization develop a three-year strategic plan.

America Scores St. Louis, $20,000.  Funding helps the organization evaluate its current programs and develop a strategic plan.

Boone County Council on Aging, Columbia, $18,774.  With funding, the central Missouri organization is creating a fund development plan.

Bootheel Counseling Services, Sikeston, $17,900.  Funding helps the southeast Missouri organization develop a strategic plan.

Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma, St. Louis, $5,950.  The organization is using funds to establish a new financial management system.

Institute for Family Medicine, St. Louis, $18,300.  With funding, the organization is creating a strategic communications plan.

Jefferson County Health Department, Hillsboro, $19,215.  Funding helps the St. Louis-area health department create an evaluation system to track its strategic planning, fund development and program impact.

Joplin Family YMCA, Joplin, $15,380.  Funding helps the southwest Missouri organization perform business planning, and establish a new financial and program management system.

LifeLine Pregnancy Help Center, Kirksville, $17,725.  With funding, the northeast Missouri center is creating a new operational plan and strategic plan.

Maternal Child and Family Health Coalition, St. Louis, $19,991.  The coalition is using funds to evaluate the effectiveness of its programs.

Missouri KidsFirst, Jefferson City, $18,470.  Funding helps the central Missouri organization develop a strategic plan.

Paraquad Inc., St. Louis, $17,670.  The organization is using funds to evaluate the effectiveness of its programs.

Pregnancy Care Center, Springfield, $18,196.  With funding, the southwest Missouri center is redesigning its programs to improve efficiency.

Provident Counseling, St. Louis, $20,000.  Funding helps the organization develop a new strategic plan.

Shalom House, St. Louis, $18,800.  Funding helps the organization develop a new strategic plan.

               

Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) is an independent philanthropic foundation dedicated to empowering Missourians to achieve equal access to quality health services.  MFH provides grant funding and education, and fosters community partnerships to promote health improvement, especially for the uninsured and underserved.  Since its founding in 2000, MFH has provided more than $455 million in grants and awards to organizations in 84 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis.

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