Augusta Health Community Benefits Committee awards grants

augusta-health-headerThe Community Benefit Committee of the Augusta Health Board of Directors has awarded six single-year grants and three multi-year grants to community organizations to meet the healthcare needs of the community.

“Our most recent Community Health Needs Assessment identified several health needs within our community, and then we defined priorities from those needs,” said Laurie Landes, Senior Vice President of Frontier Community Bank and chair of the Grant Subcommittee of the Community Benefit Committee.  “While some of these priorities can be addressed directly by Augusta Health, many of them require coordination with others in the community.  Providing financial support to those agencies and service providers that have expertise and experience in priority areas is an effective way to meet the community’s needs.  The committee carefully reviewed all the grant requests this year, and awarded the available funds to several programs that produce measurable outcomes to meet those needs identified in the assessment.”

The single-year grants awarded were awarded to:

Blue Ridge Court Services: $6,500
Related Community Health Need:  Behavioral Health—Access to Services
To provide a licensed mental health clinician to facilitate weekly dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) group for clients with identified mental health issues.

Crossroad to Brain Injury Recovery:  $8,000
Related Community Health Need:  Behavioral Health—Access to Services
To coordinate the Circle of Support program that combines case management, life skills training and behavioral support for those with brain injuries.

Highland Medical Center:  $5,000
Related Community Health Need:  Chronic Disease Management—Obesity
To support a program that promotes youth wellness—healthy eating habits and physical activity—in a rural setting

Shenandoah Valley Community Focus, Inc./Central Shenandoah Valley Office on Youth: $10,000
Related Community Health Need:  Health Education–Programming
To provide parent education classes, community workshops and case management to educate and assist parents in need in creating strong and healthy families.

Valley Hope Counseling Center:  $15,000
Related Community Health Need:  Behavioral Health—Depression, Substance Abuse, Teen Suicide, Access to Services
To subsidize low-fee substance abuse counseling for low income individuals who otherwise cannot afford to access treatment

Valley Mission:  $15,000
Related Community Health Need:  Behavioral Health—Depression, Substance Abuse, Access to Services
To support a licensed social worker to provide mental health counseling to the mission population

The multi-year grants awarded were awarded to:

Augusta Regional Dental Clinic: $60,000 ($20,000/year for three years)
Related Community Health Need:  Access to Care—Affordable Insurance
To provide access to oral surgery for uninsured and underinsured dental patients who meet clinic income guidelines.

Augusta Regional Free Clinic: $60,000 ($20,000/year for three years)
Related Community Health Need:  Chronic Disease Management—Diabetes, Heart Disease, Cancer
To provide support for implementation of an Electronic Health Record to improve chronic disease prevention, identification and management—with an emphasis on hypertension, diabetes and cancer for uninsured and underinsured patients at the Augusta Regional Free Clinic.

Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation: $100,000 ($50,000/year for two years)
Related Community Health Need:  Socioeconomic Factors—Educational Attainment
To provide support for full-time Career Coaches for local high schools.

The Community Benefit Committee is a committee of the Augusta Health Board of Directors.

Augusta Health is an independent, nonprofit community hospital whose mission is to promote the health and well-being of our community through access to excellent care.  Named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in America by Thomson Reuters in both 2011 and 2012, Augusta Health has also been nationally recognized by HealthGrades for clinical excellence and patient safety and has been named one of America’s 100 Best Hospital by HealthGrades.  For more information about Augusta Health, its programs or its services, please contact Public Relations at 540.245.7329 or visit our website, www.augustahealth.com.

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