Nearly 20 area programs are a little bit richer after Williamsburg Health Foundation awarded its first round of grants June 5.
More $3.5 million dollars was given to programs that increase access to health care, according to a foundation news release. This year's grants go toward programs aimed at broadening access to medication and providing opportunities for people to lead healthy lives, according to the release.
"We are proud to support our local clinics to provide high-quality health care and access to a wide variety of medication," Foundation President and CEO Jeanne Zeidler stated in the release.
A number of the funded programs this year are aimed at children.
The largest single sum, $640,000, went to Williamsburg-James City County Schools School Health Initiative Program. It encourages students and families to eat healthier and exercise. More than 400 students and staff raced in the Run the Dog 5K last April, the release stated.
The James City County Fire Department was awarded $28,400 to build in-school trauma kits, which will be placed in W-JCC, York County and City of Poquoson schools.
"This request was built on the collaboration between the localities, their emergency-response leadership, and their school systems," board chairman Jim Golden stated in the release. "We will help with the purchase of the kits. Emergency responders will train school personnel in their use, and then schools will maintain and refresh the kits over time."
Other recipients included the Lackey Clinic, which provides low-income families with medical care and got two grants together totaling $426,500. Child Development Resources' infant and parent program got a $100,000 boost and its parents as teachers program received $84,000. Its breastfeeding initiative also saw $18,000.
"We believe that CDR knows what works for the families they serve, and we believe that they have both the experience and data to prove it," Golden stated in the release. "We are pleased to provide continuity in funding for programs that consistently provide needed services and achieve outstanding results."
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Angels of Mercy Medical Mission's Chronic Care Collaborative got $113,000.
Child and Family Connection's Multicultural Counseling and Outreach Program got $40,000.
Child Development Resources saw $202,000 across three programs.
City of Williamsburg's Child Health Initiative got $260,000.
Colonial Behavioral Health's Chronic Care Collaborative saw $183,000; its Greater Williamsburg Child Assessment Center saw $271,000; its Intensive Outpatient Program saw $45,000; its Greater Williamsburg Network of Care saw $34,000.
Community Housing Partners's Mobile Food Pantry got $6,000.
FISH, Inc.'s Health Priorities in Action got $3,200.
Foundation For Rehabilitation Equipment & Endowment's Independence Through Mobility got $25,000.
Gloucester-Mathews Care Clinic's Chronic Care Collaborative got $200,000.
James City County Fire Department got $28,400.
Lackey Clinic's Chronic Care Collaborative got $420,000; its Volunteer Recruitment Program got $6,500.
Literacy for Life at the Rita Welsh Adult Learning Center's HEAL Program got $60,000.
Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center's Chronic Care Collaboration got $250,000; its Generic Fill Support Program got $24,000.
Peninsula Agency on Aging's Senior Health Assistance Resource Project got $96,000.
Rx Partnership's Chronic Care Collaborative got $35,000; its Generic Fill Support Program got $50,000.
United Way of Greater Williamsburg's Home for Good got $98,000
Virginia Health Care Foundation's Greater Williamsburg Medication Access Program got $400,000.
Williamsburg Area Faith in Action's Medical Transportation got $50,000.
W-JCC Public School Division's School Health Initiative Program got $640,000.