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$5.15 Million Provided to Support Local Health Care Needs

AUSTIN, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- In this season of giving and sharing, St. David's Community Health Foundation is delighted to announce that it is awarding $5.15 million in grants to area nonprofit organizations that provide access to health care for Central Texans.

"Especially this year, we are mindful of the need to ensure access to health care for Central Texans," said Earl Maxwell, CEO of St. David's Community Health Foundation. "The ongoing economic downturn, increased layoffs and employment cutbacks have highlighted a crucial need in our community. With an eight percent increase in our grants, we hope these receiving organizations are able to provide reliable, affordable and effective care to Central Texans who are uninsured and underserved."

St. David's Community Health Foundation awards grants to area nonprofits twice each year. Mental health grants are announced in the spring, while physical health grants are announced in December. Since 1996, the Foundation has approved more than $22 million in funding to community partners promoting access to primary health care and related services.

"We work with the recipient agencies year-round to help monitor needs, and we have been struck by the increase in demand at the area safety net clinics. It is an important time to do all that we can to help address these needs," said Bobbie Barker, Vice President for Grants and Community Programs.

Close to $1 million awarded for agencies providing services to older adults

Thirteen organizations providing care to Austin's elderly community will receive a total of $927,908. One of the grant recipients, Austin Groups for the Elderly, will use the funding to provide supportive services to enhance independent living for older adults, allowing them to live their lives in their own homes and communities.

Just under $500,000 awarded to special populations

Also receiving funds are programs that support specific health-related needs, such as the Breast Cancer Resource Center, Any Baby Can, and Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area. Seven nonprofit organizations in this category will receive a total of $451,650.

Grants for safety net clinics reach a total of $3.7 million

Ranging from People's Community Clinic to Lone Star Circle of Care in Williamson County, primary care and specialty clinics will receive a total of $3,720,607. These safety net clinics provide access to quality health care for uninsured and underinsured Central Texans.

$50,000 awarded for dental clinic funding

To provide increased oral health care for seniors in Central Texas, Manos de Cristo will receive $25,000. AIDS Services of Austin will also receive $25,000 toward the Jack Sansing Dental Clinic, which provides primary dental and oral medical care to persons with HIV/AIDS.

The mission of St. David's Community Health Foundation is to keep the promise

of a better life by improving health and health care for all Central Texans.

                   St. David's Community Health Foundation
                        2008 Physical Grant Recipients

St. David's Community Health Foundation Grants for Support Services for Older

    Aging Services Council             $13,980    program coordination and
                                                   public education campaign
    Austin Groups for the Elderly      $100,000   supportive services to
                                                   enhance independent living
    Capital Area Food Band of Texas    $25,000    Healthy Options Program for
                                                   the Elderly (HOPE)
    The Care Communities               $43,242    program capacity expansion
    Combined Community Action          $30,000    Homemaker/Handyman program
    Faith in Action Caregivers         $144,550   senior friendly support
    Family Eldercare                   $100,000   support aging in the
    Hospice Austin                     $100,000   hospice charity care
    Meals on Wheels and More (Austin)  $140,000   second-meal program and
                                                   nutrition services
    New Connections                    $26,136    general operating support
    Round Rock Area Serving Center     $130,000   senior assistance and case
    Texas Ramp Project                 $30,000    building wheelchair ramps
                                                   for homes
    Williamson-Burnet County
     Opportunities                     $45,000    Meals on Wheels program and
                                                   development support
    TOTAL AMOUNT AWARDED               $927,908

St. David's Community Health Foundation Grants for Primary Care and Specialty

    AIDS Services of Austin            $47,816    medical case management
    El Buen Samaritano                 $500,000   Healthy Body, Healthy Mind,
                                                   Healthy Community
    Lone Star Circle of Care           $990,000   LSCC - A Central Texas
                                                   Safety Net
    People's Community Clinic          $1,725,000 general operations and
                                                   special projects
    Samaritan Health Ministries        $49,000    health care for the
    Travis County Medical Society
     Foundation                        $90,000    project access
    UT School of Nursing               $258,791   Children's and Family
                                                   Wellness Center
    Volunteer Healthcare Clinic        $60,000    primary and specialty
    TOTAL AMOUNT AWARDED               $3,720,607

      St. David's Community Health Foundation Grants for Dental Clinics

    AIDS Services of Austin            $25,000    Jack Sansing Dental Clinic
    Manos de Cristo                    $25,000    oral health care for seniors
    TOTAL AMOUNT AWARDED               $50,000

    St. David's Community Health Foundation Grants for Special Populations

    Any Baby Can                       $30,000    Children's Hearing Aid Texas
                                                   program (CHAT)
    Boys & Girls Club of the
     Capital Area                      $32,000    Kids' Cafe
    Breast Cancer Resource Center      $110,000   breast cancer navigation
    Cancer Connection                  $33,860    continuation and expansion
                                                   of visitation program
    Easter Seals Central Texas         $40,000    Outpatient rehab on a
                                                   sliding scale
    People's Community Clinic          $165,790   Tandem Project
    Wonders & Worries                  $40,000    Operating expenses
    TOTAL AMOUNT AWARDED               $451,650

SOURCE St. David's Community Health Foundation
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