FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 27, 2016
Contact: Jennifer Sykes
Phone: (816) 241-7006
Kansas City, MO — The Health Forward Foundation (Health Forward) has awarded seven nonprofit organizations a total of $278,603 in Applicant Defined Grants (ADG).
In May, Health Forward reviewed 18 ADG proposals totaling $1.1 million in requests.
The following grants were awarded in May 2016:
|Agency||Amount Awarded||Project Description|
|Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute||$60,000||To provide a platform to educate and nurture future health care leaders and reduce health disparities among populations by increasing the number of minority health care leaders|
|Front Porch Alliance-Kansas City, Inc.
||$35,000||To increase the capacity of the Neighborhood Families program, which incorporates navigating families to a medical home and other community wellness opportunities into home visiting services.|
|Health Literacy Missouri
||$12,600||To support a two-day health literacy event in Kansas City that will teach health care communication skills and best practices to doctors, nurses, social workers, mental health workers, health educators, and others who work directly with patients.
|Housing Services Of Kansas City, Inc.
||$61,003||To support a case manager and supportive services coordinator who provide services to low-income, medically indigent grandparents and their custodial grandchildren in a residential setting.
|Kansas City Community Gardens, Inc.||$45,000||To create a healthier food environment in the Kansas City metropolitan area by working with food-insecure communities to establish and support community orchards for hunger prevention and relief, and to train volunteer stewards to provide ongoing care to ensure productive harvests for the lifetime of these trees.|
|Missouri Dental Foundation||$35,000||To provide immediate relief and care to a large group of people who lack access or resources to get needed dental care.
|YMCA of Greater Kansas City
||$30,000||To support organizational capacity-building and the creation of policies and practices compliant with Y-USA Healthy Eating Physical Activity (HEPA) standards.|
Health Forward Applicant Defined Grants (ADG) are awarded outside of the Foundation’s annual Requests for Proposals. ADGs are reviewed and awarded monthly and allow organizations to define their own immediate grant needs in relation to the Health Forward mission. Organizations are allowed to apply for an ADG once per year and are capped at $75,000. In 2016, Health Forward will award approximately $4.026 million in ADGs.
“We are proud to support the work these organizations are doing to remove barriers to health care for the most vulnerable populations in our service area,” said Bridget McCandless, M.D., Health Forward President/CEO.