Health Foundation Names Grant Awards

October 28th, 2009 by Kim Lenz

Earlier this month the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation awarded $290,000 in grants for health-related nonprofits in the community.

The WCHF funding priorities target nonprofit healthcare safety net providers and those that provide health-related services to low-income populations having trouble accessing health services.

A grant totaling $132,036 was awarded to the foundation-directed Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative to fund the Greater Williamsburg Child Assessment Center (GWCAC) and the new Network of Care Web site. The site offers information on regional behavioral health services, regulations and news for people in the community as well as for behavioral providers and agencies.

An $80,000 grant was awarded to the Bacon Street Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Program, which provides family-focused, science-based services for people under the age of 19 who are struggling with alcohol or drug abuse.

Olde Towne Medical Center’s Project CARE of Greater Williamsburg received a grant of $60,000 to create a regional system of care for low-income uninsured. This system-of-care includes access to primary care, specialty care, hospital-based services and medications.

Olivet Medical Ministry’s Volunteer Practitioner Recruitment Project, whose volunteer practitioners provide medical, dental, mental health, and educational services, received $35,000.

A grant totaling $115,000 was awarded to the York County Division of Juvenile Services Psychological and Substance Abuse Services Program. They provide early intervention and substance abuse education services to high-risk youth, ages 12 to 18 years, who are referred by the 9th District Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and the Court Service Units.

According to WCHF President and CEO Kerry Mellette, “Despite a tough economy, WCHF is committed to sustaining long-term health initiatives directed at improving the overall well-being of local residents, particularly those experiencing challenges accessing health care services.”

Since its inception in 1997, the foundation has given over $37 million in support of community health programs, most of which go to nonprofits in the City of Williamsburg, James City and York Counties.

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