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Grants Strengthen the Health Care Safety Net
Date:2/17/2009

Regence Foundation awards $380,000 for local clinics and health technology projects

PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Regence Foundation announced today eight grants geared toward building healthier communities and improving health care technology in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington. The grants, totaling $380,000, range from rural nursing education to building a health care quality Web site.

"The Regence Foundation believes philanthropy is a meaningful tool to help transform health care," said Michael Alexander, Regence Foundation board chair. "And in these tough economic times, it's even more important to support the good work of local nonprofits to help the most vulnerable among us."

  • Mountain States Group (Boise, ID): $10,000 to fund its Cover Idaho Kids Project. The program will help school nurses in 15 rural Idaho school districts enroll uninsured children in the Idaho Health Plan Coverage for Children and Teens program (formerly called the CHIP/Medicaid Program).
  • United Way of Lane County (Springfield, OR): $25,000 to help the organization's 100% Access program strengthen the county's clinic safety net system. Lane County has the second highest rate of uninsured residents in Oregon, and 100% Access is working to improve the coordination of care for the uninsured and increase the resources and support available to safety net clinics.
  • Western Washington Health Education Center (Seattle, WA): $135,500 to support a distance learning program for rural nursing students so they can pursue nursing education while continuing to live and work in their own communities. The distance learning program is intended to help ease Washington's nursing shortage, which is especially severe in rural areas.
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