Grants Awarded Summary: Health

Health

The Women’s Impact Fund has awarded a total of more than $5 million to 62 non-profit organizations since 2003.  We are honored to share the following information about our Health Grants.

ADA JENKINS CENTER

$84,000 to purchase a Mobile Community Dental Clinic. In the past five years, the clinic has had 7,916 patient visits, valued over $700,000. They have also made the Mobile Clinic available to 13 other agencies. (2005 Grantee)

BARIUM SPRINGS HOME FOR CHILDREN

$54,500 for the Court Psychologist Program, a program providing on-site comprehensive psychological assessments and consultation services for children referred through Mecklenburg County’s Juvenile Court. This is the only program of this type in Mecklenburg County. (Grant awarded in 2014)

CARE RING

$90,000 to hire a Spanish-speaking nurse to expand the Nurse-Family Partnership program that pairs first-time, low-income pregnant women with registered nurses beginning early in pregnancy through the child’s second birthday. (Grant awarded 2015)

CHARLOTTE COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC

$75,000 for a full-time Health Educator and part-time R.N. to educate low-income, uninsured residents living with, or at high risk for, diabetes or cardiovascular problems. The health educator stayed on for 7 years and taught classroom classes as well as helped bring education into the exam rooms. Due to a move and loss of classroom space, CCHC now focuses their education efforts to the exam rooms. (2007 Grantee).

CARE RING  (FORMERLY KNOWN AS COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES)

$60,000 to add a Physician Retention and Recruitment Specialist to focus on maintaining current volunteer commitments and recruiting new primary care physicians and specialists to the Physicians Reach Out (PRO) program. In 2016, the PRO program has 1,600 medical professionals serving 3,200 patients per year for a value over $10 million annually in donated care and an estimated ROI of $31 for every $1 spent. (2009 Grantee)

CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY – WISE GUYS

$100,000 for its Wise Guys Male Responsibility Program which targets boys ages 11-17, many in Title I schools to promote healthy concepts of masculinity and responsible behavior while educating young men about wise choices regarding sexual relations. (Grant awarded in 2016)

MATTHEWS FREE MEDICAL CLINIC

$80,000 to support its mission of providing free, quality healthcare to low-income and uninsured residents. (Grant awarded in 2017)

MECKLENBURG COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

$25,792 to fund a pilot program to establish farmers markets in areas of our community that lack access to fresh foods, in an effort to address poor diet and nutrition, which contribute to the chronic health problems including obesity and related diseases. (Grant awarded in 2011)

MEDASSIST COMMUNITY PHARMACY

$70,000 to hire an additional pharmacist and expand services to include all seven free health clinics and all patients for Physicians Reach Out. This nonprofit agency is the only licensed pharmacy serving the uninsured poor in our area and is positioned to become the sole county-wide free pharmacy. (Grant awarded in 2006)

MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL CAROLINAS

$100,000 for a dedicated Mental Health Education professional to expand their suicide prevention training programs. Many other entities have since entered the space so they have started a training collaborative where they work together to serve broader populations. Internally they have refocused their energies to access to care, advocating prevention before people require mental health first aid. (2013 Grantee)

PAT’S PLACE CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER

$100,000 for a case worker to work with sexually abused children and their families. Since receiving their grant, Pat’s Place has grown significantly; they work closely with the police and DSS, and also now serve children who have been physically abused. (2004 Grantee)

SHELTER HEALTH SERVICES, INC.

$90,000 for a full-time registered nurse focused on chronic health conditions and education for women and children staying at the Salvation Army Center of Hope. Shelter Health Services has expanded their testing, education, and care to 18 chronic conditions. They now also provide extended care so that women can continue receiving medication after they leave the shelter, addressing health as a barrier to steady employment and housing. (2008 Grantee)

TEEN HEALTH CONNECTION (THC)

$80,000 to expand Girls Educated to be Motivated and Successful (GEMS). The health education and mentoring program served approximately 30 girls at 4 different middle and high schools. Due to the need for a health educator, Teen Health Connection has scaled this back to one group and have focused their energies on other initiatives such as the teen health advisory board, which gives teens the opportunity to be the helpers as opposed to those helped. (2010 Grantee)

THE URBAN MINISTRY CENTER

$100,000 for a Medical Outreach Social Worker who identified resources and community partnerships for chronically homeless persons needing health care. Due to increase in access from those partnerships, Urban Ministry Center has transitioned to four general outreach workers who are able to utilize the work done by the Medical Outreach Social Worker. (2012 Grantee)