Grants Support Communities’ and Nonprofits’ Health Efforts


Foundation awards $5.1 million to 62 organizations to improve health of Missourians


ST. LOUIS – August 30, 2012  −  Sixty-two Missouri nonprofits helping the uninsured and underserved have received a total of more than $5.1 million in grants recently awarded by Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH).  Funding assists organizations that work to improve the health of thousands of Missourians.  Grants in this round of funding support nonprofits’ ongoing operational expenses; health care workforce development; and health services for women.  

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Fifty-six grants totaling more than $4 million come through MFH’s Basic Support program.  Basic Support funds operational expenses for health-related nonprofits’ existing salaries, benefits, equipment and supplies.  Organizations marked with an asterisk (*) are first-time Basic Support grant recipients.  Two-year grants were awarded to:

Alzheimer’s Association of St. Louis, St. Louis, $75,000.  Funding helps the organization continue to offer counseling and related services to patients and families affected by Alzheimer’s Disease.

American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter, Jefferson City, $75,000.  With funding, the central Missouri organization continues to offer education on life-saving skills, prevention of disease and injury, and healthy lifestyles.

Area Community Health Emissaries Inc., Anderson, $75,000.  Funding helps the southwest Missouri organization provide comprehensive dental care and education to local students and clinic patients.

Carter County Senior Citizens Council, Van Buren, $75,000.  With funding, the southeast Missouri organization provides meals, health screenings and nutrition education to senior citizens.

Child Center Marygrove, St. Louis, $150,000.  The center is using funding to support medical and crisis services for homeless youth, especially those with mental illness.

* Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, Columbia, $53,312.  Funding helps the central Missouri organization educate people about the nutritional benefits of fresh produce, and teach them to grow food for local consumption.

* Cuba Senior Center Inc., Cuba, $55,200.  With funding, the central Missouri organization is providing nutrition education and meals to senior citizens.

Delta Dental Health Theatre, St. Louis, $34,180.  Funding helps the organization provide oral hygiene education for children.

* Dixon Senior Center, Dixon, $42,000.  The central Missouri organization is using funding to continue providing nutritious meals and health education programs for seniors.

Earth Angel Aviators, Wentzville, $36,800.  Funding helps the St. Louis-area organization provide rural patients with free air transportation to medical facilities.

East Central Missouri Area Health Education Center, St. Louis, $75,000.  With funding, the center continues to provide health career information and mentoring to students.

* Elvins Food Pantry, Park Hills, $26,660.  Funding helps the southeast Missouri organization provide senior programs promoting nutritious foods and supplements, exercise, and health awareness.

* Faithwalk Community Development Corp., Paris, $27,300.  The northeast Missouri organization is using funding to provide substance abuse services and prescription assistance to low-income residents.

Five Star Senior Center, St. Louis, $75,000. Funding helps the center provide seniors and disabled adults with hot meals, transportation to medical appointments, and related support services.

Food Outreach Inc., St. Louis, $75,000.  The organization is using funding to offer food and nutrition counseling to patients with HIV/AIDS and cancer.

Footprints Christian School Counseling, St. Charles, $70,000.  Funding helps the St. Louis-area organization offer individual and group counseling for elementary and middle school children.

FreeWay Foundation Inc., Bridgeton, $75,000.  The St. Louis-area organization is using funding to educate elementary and high school students about preventing substance abuse and domestic violence.

* Gateway Education and Therapy, Washington, $75,000.  Funding helps the St. Louis-area organization offer screening, assessment and support services for families dealing with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Gateway Greening, St. Louis, $75,000.  The organization is using funding to offer fresh food and nutrition education to inner-city residents.

Gateway to Oral Health Foundation, St. Louis, $75,000.  The organization is using funds to provide dental services to children from low-income families.

* Grand River Area Family YMCA, Linn County, $75,000.  Funding helps the north central Missouri organization provide fitness, sports, health and wellness programs.

Hand in Hand Ministries, Springfield, $75,000.  With funding, the southwest Missouri organization is providing mental health counseling and medical interpreter services to area families.

Hannibal Free Clinic, Hannibal, $13,800.  Funding supports the northeast Missouri clinic’s efforts to provide primary health care services to uninsured and low-income individuals.

Heartland Resources Inc., Ewing, $75,000.  Funding helps the northeast Missouri organization provide meals and in-home health services to disabled and elderly residents.

HomeCare of Mid-Missouri, Moberly, $75,000.  The central Missouri organization is using funding to offer home health care, respite care, hospice and related services to elderly and disabled individuals and their families.

The H.O.U.S.E. Inc., Webb City, $75,000.  Funding helps the southwest Missouri organization offer support services and counseling for people dealing with substance abuse and addiction.

Jewish Family and Children’s Service, St. Louis, $75,000.  The organization is using funding to provide mental health and family therapy programs, medical transportation, and food pantry services.

Kids in the Middle Inc., St. Louis, $75,000.  With funding, the organization provides counseling and other mental health support to children and families dealing with separation and divorce.

The Kitchen Inc., Springfield, $150,000.  Funding helps the southwest Missouri clinic provide medical and dental care to uninsured residents.

Linn County Council on Aging, Brookfield, $75,000.  The north central Missouri organization is using funding to provide health and nutritional services to seniors.

* Maries County Council on Aging, Vienna, $27,100.  Funding helps the central Missouri organization provide nutrition services and Meals on Wheels for seniors.

Memory Care Home Solutions, St. Louis, $75,000.  With funding, the organization provides customized training for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients.

* Mexico Senior Center Inc., Mexico, $31,400.  The central Missouri organization is using funding to provide nutrition services, meals and medical transportation for seniors.

Missouri Highlands Health Care, Ellington, $150,000.  Funding helps the southeast Missouri organization offer primary care, dental and mental health services to residents in need.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Missouri, Jefferson City, $75,000.  With funding, the central Missouri organization offers mental health education for care providers, and support group services for individuals and families dealing with mental illness.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Southwest Missouri, Springfield, $75,000.  With funding, the organization offers mental health education for care providers, and support group services for individuals and families dealing with mental illness.

Naylor Senior Citizens Association, Naylor, $75,000.  Funding helps the southeast Missouri organization offer preventive health care services and meals to seniors.

New Beginnings/C-Star Inc., St. Louis, $75,000.  With funding, the organization provides residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment and counseling to people in need.

Nurses for Newborns Foundation, St. Louis, $75,000.  The organization is using funding to provide home-based nursing services for at-risk families, to help prevent infant mortality, child abuse and neglect.

Our Lady’s Inn, St. Louis, $75,000.  Funding helps the organization offer health care services to pregnant women in need.

Parkland Pregnancy Resource Center, Park Hills, $63,900.  Funding helps the southeast Missouri center offer prenatal services and parenting education to local families.

Perry County Senior Citizens Center, Perryville, $75,000.  With funding, the southeast Missouri center is providing Meals on Wheels, nutrition services, and health screenings for seniors.

* Pregnancy LifeLine, Branson West, $57,070.  Funding helps the southwest Missouri organization provide counseling services to low-income pregnant women.

Progressive Youth Connection, St. Louis, $75,000.  With funding, the organization provides counseling services to at-risk youth and families.

Qulin Nutrition Center, Qulin, $56,900.  Funding helps the southeast Missouri center offer health screenings, exercise programs and Meals on Wheels for seniors.

Rainbow House Emergency Shelter, Columbia, $75,000.  The central Missouri organization is using funding to offer crisis support services for young victims of physical and sexual abuse.

* Rx Outreach, St. Louis, $75,000.  The organization is using funding to provide affordable prescription medication to uninsured and underinsured individuals and families.

St. James Caring Center, St. James, $75,000.  Funding helps the central Missouri organization offer food, health education and nutrition programs for seniors and people with disabilities.

St. Louis Area Foodbank Inc., St. Louis, $150,000.  Funding helps the organization offer nutritious food and nutrition education to low-income residents.

Saint Louis Effort for AIDS, St. Louis, $75,000.  The organization is using funding to offer health education and support services for HIV/AIDS patients.

* St. Vincent Home for Children, St. Louis, $75,000.  Funding helps the organization offer crisis care to children dealing with abuse and neglect.

Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging, Cape Girardeau, $150,000.  The organization is using funding to provide Meals on Wheels and nutritional services to seniors.

Sunnyhill Inc., St. Louis, $150,000.  With funding, the organization is providing residential care and support services to people with disabilities.

* Volunteers in Medicine Lake Saint Louis Inc., Lake Saint Louis, $26,800. With funding, the St. Louis-area free clinic provides health care services to uninsured residents.

* West Plains Christian Clinic, West Plains, $75,000.  Funding helps the southern Missouri clinic offer primary health care services for uninsured residents.

Young Choices Inc., St. Charles, $9,800.  With funding, the St. Louis-area organization is offering tobacco prevention programs for children and adults.

               

MFH’s Health Care Workforce Development funding program supports projects that provide solutions to Missouri’s shortages of physicians, nurses and other health practitioners.  Funding aims to 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 a total of $843,501 in grants to:

Crowder College Foundation, Neosho, $95,000.  The southwest Missouri organization is using funding to help expand its nursing associate’s degree program to a fourth campus in McDonald County.

Freeman Health System, Joplin, $250,000.  Funding helps the southwest Missouri hospital system develop employee orientation and education programs to increase nurse retention.

Southeast Missouri Hospital, Cape Girardeau, $250,000.  The hospital is using funding to help establish nurse educator and clinical nurse leader education programs.

Three Rivers Community College, Poplar Bluff, $248,501.  Funding helps the southeast Missouri college offer career counseling, mentoring, tutoring and other support services for nursing students.
             

Two grants were made under MFH’s Women’s Health funding program.  The goal of this funding is to reduce infant mortality and improve the health of women of childbearing age.  Women’s Health grants were awarded to:

Queen of Peace Center, St. Louis, $100,000.  Funding helps the organization develop a primary care home model for reproductive-age women, and provide them with behavioral health services.

Susanna Wesley Family Learning Center, East Prairie, $99,694.  Funding helps the southeast Missouri center educate about nutrition, exercise, and healthy living, and their benefits for the healthy birth weight of babies.

               

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 $460 million in grants and awards to organizations in 84 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis.

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