The Board of Trustees of St. Luke’s Foundation in December 2017 www.saintlukesfoundation.org approved grants for $2,603,486 for their third round of 2017 grants to go to 17 organizations. The funding will be used to advance the Foundation’s priorities for several projects including funds for keeping people healthy, developing strong neighborhoods, and support for keeping families resilient.
The Healthy People program awarded four grants. The first grant funding went to “Neighborhood Family Practice” https://www.nfpmedcenter.org for $200,000 to provide operational funds. The plan is to build organizational and staff capacity to optimize their patient-centered mode of care, to further integrate services into existing sites, and to increase the number of patients served. Other plans are to improve the quality of care and patient experience and launch a population health program.
The second grantee, The Care Alliance www.carealliance.org program received $200,000 to support the service delivered in their Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model across their health center sites and outreach locations. The Alliance helps the homeless, residents who live in and around public housing, and the underserviced. Medical, dental, behavior health, and pharmacy care is provided.
Another grant for $159,903 will enable Front Line Service to support www.frontlineservice.org an integrated care outreach nurse and data analyst position to optimize delivery of integrated primary and behavioral healthcare across the homeless continuum. Frontline Service provides mental health and supportive services for close to 35,000 adults and children annually.
The project will seek to improve disparities in access, service use, and produce better health outcomes through direct service outreach. The project will also provide analytic data to identify service gaps so in general, client health outcomes can be improved.
Lastly, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Inc., https://www.healthiergeneration.org received $319,304 over two years to expand the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program to all Cleveland Metropolitan School district schools.
The plan includes expanding the program to 31 new schools while sustaining support in 78 participating schools. The project will implement nutrition and physical activity policies and practices to ensure consistent and sustainable access to healthy school environments.
The Healthy Schools Program, the nation’s most extensive effort to prevent childhood obesity in schools, includes more than 35,000 schools and 20 million children in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.