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Regence Foundation Announces Largest Set of Quarterly Grant Awards in Its History
Date:11/4/2009

PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Regence Foundation announced nearly $405,000 in grants to Northwest and Utah nonprofits - its largest set of quarterly grant awards since the Foundation launched early in 2008. The grants are to nonprofits working on key public health issues and breaking down barriers to care. The Foundation also awarded its first Sojourns palliative care grant.

"The Regence Foundation believes that access to quality, affordable care is the key to a healthy community," said Michael Alexander, Regence Foundation board chair. "As a Foundation that is part of a health insurance company, it's our responsibility and commitment to the community to support nonprofits working to get people the care they need and bringing attention to key health issues."

  • Pacific University (Forest Grove, OR): $94,000 to open an Interdisciplinary Diabetes Clinic at the university's Health Professions Campus in Hillsboro. As a safety net clinic, it will be open to anyone with diabetes, but its focus will be on providing affordable care to Latinos with diabetes.
  • Northeast Oregon Network (NEON) (La Grande, OR): $65,000 to extend the reach of its Covering Kids and Families Program. The program connects uninsured individuals and their families to health coverage. With this grant, NEON will help new enrollees find a primary care medical home. Currently, up to half of new enrollees do not have an existing relationship with a health care provider.
  • Alliance Community Services (Salt Lake City, UT): $65,200 for educational seminars to encourage healthy lifestyles and promote the recognition of obesity as a major public health concern in the Utah Latino community. According to the Utah Health Department, about 66 percent of Latino adults in Utah are overweight.
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