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
Adults 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 services Family Eldercare $100,000 support aging in the community 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 manager 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
Clinics 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 uninsured 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 clinics 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 services 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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