Grants totaling nearly $675,000 will go from the Social Innovation Fund through the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky to help five Kentucky facilities improve access to health services, reduce health risks and disparities and prompt health equality in their respective communities. The recipients are:
• Meade Activity Center in Brandenburg — $250,000 for physical activity programs for children and families, including after-school and summer activities such as golf, tennis, swimming and trail hiking.
• King's Daughters Medical Center in Ashland — $124,548 for mobile health services to nearly 1,500 residents living in Elliott, Fleming, Floyd, Johnson, Lewis, Magoffin, Martin and Morgan counties.
• Oldham County Health Department in LaGrange — $100,000 for Hope Health Clinic for the uninsured. Will help about 1,200 residents each year living in Carroll, Henry, Oldham and Trimble counties.
• St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood — $100,000 for behavioral health consultations with mental health professionals for patients in Northern Kentucky who go to the emergency room to get mental health services.
• Norton Healthcare Centers for Prevention and Wellness in Louisville — $100,000 to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and increase access to care for 2,200 low-income and uninsured residents each year living in Louisville and metropolitan areas.
"The Social Innovation Fund grant recipients are committed to meeting specific health care challenges in their communities, thereby promoting lasting change in Kentucky's rural and urban communities," said Susan Zepeda, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. "These five grants are part of a $12 million total investment in initiatives to address Kentucky's health challenges through the Social Innovation Fund and required matching grants." (Read more)