Sentara Foundation Awards $709K to Local Health Charities

May 29th, 2011 by Kim Lenz

The Sentara Health Foundation has announced a round of grants totaling more than $709,000 to help improve health throughout Hampton Roads. The grants went to 29 community organizations that share the mission of improving the community’s health and wellness.

Among the area organizations who are receiving funding is the Olde Towne Medical Center in James City County.

For uninsured and underinsured children of Williamsburg, James City County and York County, their smiles and health might be a bit brighter in the coming months. For the third straight year, Sentara Health Foundation is helping fund a part-time pediatric dentist at Olde Towne Medical Center through a grant of $29,000. This dentist expects to see more than 585 uninsured children from the greater Williamsburg area. In addition to seeing patients at Olde Towne, this dentist is working with area elementary schools to educate students about the importance of caring for their teeth.

“This is a very worthwhile endeavor. If we don’t take care of the oral health needs of children, they can escalate into serious medical conditions,” said Executive Director of Olde Towne Medical Center David Pribble.

Other grants were awarded under several categories, including:

Access to basic healthcare
Access Partnership – $50,000 to expand the service area of the Community Access to Care Program, a voluntary coordinated care program that aims to improve the health of uninsured, low-income persons receiving primary care at a safety net provider site who also need specialty, diagnostic and therapeutic care services.

American Red Cross Dental Clinic – $20,000 to expand the number of available dental appointments during the calendar year by opening additional evenings each month.

Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia – $23,000 to support the Training and Therapy for the Uninsured program which offers short‐term counseling services to uninsured adults in eastern Virginia.

Lackey Free Clinic – $20,000 to continue the Basic Health Services and Pharmacy Expansion project by serving patients with hypertension.

Olde Towne Medical Center – $29,000 to support a part-time pediatric dentist in the dental clinic to benefit children in the Williamsburg area who are medically indigent, uninsured or Medicaid recipients.

Peninsula Institute for Community Health (P.I.C.H.) – $28,000 to support the Medical Home Learning Collaborative on Developmental Screening program, ensuring that young pediatric patients receive a standardized developmental screen and appropriate referrals for those needing early intervention.

RxPartnership – $15,000 to support the efforts of RxPartnership in connecting free clinics and community health centers that serve low-income, uninsured patients with pharmaceutical partners.

Williamsburg Area Faith in Action – $8,000 to support the Caring Neighbors program, a service that provides transportation for seniors and adults with a chronic illness or physical disability on an as-needed basis to medical appointments.

Frail and at-risk elderly
Peninsula Agency on Aging, Inc.
– $5,000 to support the Care Coordination Program, linking frail seniors to medical and other health services.

Sickle Cell Association – $15,025 to help people with sickle cell cope with the severity of frequent, debilitating effects of the disease.

Sentara Health Foundation was established in 1998 to improve quality of life and further the Sentara not-for-profit mission of improving the health of the community. For the past 13 years, Sentara Health Foundation has touched the lives of many Virginia residents from the Eastern Shore to Greater Hampton Roads through grants supporting community programs. To learn more or to donate, click here.

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