Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

PHH selects community funding partners

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2017

Parkview Huntington Hospital has announced the designation of its 2017 Community Health Improvement funds to a group of 14 Huntington County organizations. The grants awarded through the Community Health Improvement Program target specific areas of focus in conjunction with the hospital’s mission of improving the health and inspiring the well-being of the community.

These community partners met criteria to receive funding through the grant process: Blessings in a Backpack of Huntington County which supports underprivileged elementary school students who rely on the federal Free and Reduced Priced Meal Program. The program provides additional, nutritious food youngsters can take home for weekend meals. By alleviating hunger for these students, the program aims to help them improve their health and develop positive behaviors, attend school consistently, improve their reading skills and achieve better test scores.

The Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County offers programs and services for children in grades kindergarten through 12. Funds directed toward this organization will support programming within the club’s Culture of Wellness that helps boys and girls be physically active, learn about good nutrition and develop self-esteem so they can avoid alcohol, tobacco and drug use and make choices for a healthy lifestyle.

Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana client advocates are provided for each patient who has cancer to assess the needs of the patient and his or her family. The grant will aid Huntington County’s Client Advocate program to help relieve the burden of cancer diagnosis and treatment by addressing a range of financial, practical and emotional needs. Cancer Services of Huntington County will use grant monies to offset transportation costs for Huntington County residents who must travel to other Indiana locations for cancer treatment, along with providing financial assistance with some prescription drugs.

Huntington County Council on Aging will utilize its grant funds to support community members who do not have transportation to and from healthcare appointments, through the Huntington Area Transportation program.

Huntington House Emergency Shelter provides short-term, immediate housing for homeless families, women and women with children. Funds will support a variety of services, including instruction on nutritious meal preparation, smoking cessation assistance and access to a fitness facility so shelter residents can create a healthier lifestyle as they seek employment and housing to become self-sufficient.

Huntington County Free Health Clinic provides medical and mental health care to county residents who meet federal low-income guidelines. Funds will support ongoing provision of a variety of services, including testing to identify and assist individuals who need help managing chronic health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and other conditions.

Huntington University (HU) Nursing Career Academy (summer) gives high school students the chance to learn basic nursing skills, CPR and first aid from experienced healthcare providers. Students get a sense of what nursing school is like, spend time with nurses in various hospital units and experience college life at HU. Funds will support needed supplies, scholarships for low-income students and wages for college students who serve as counselors for this career-sampling experience.

Love INC of Huntington County will provide healthy cooking classes to low-income families and individuals who regularly rely on the Community Pantry.

Pathfinder Services, Inc. will use the funding for expanded health and wellness programs at its Pathfinder Kids Kampus, including drop-off sick care for children so parents don’t have to miss work, education about tobacco’s health hazards, nutrition education for healthy choices and more.

Place of Grace provides a healing and supportive environment and services to help women transition from poverty, abuse, addiction and incarceration to become healthier, productive members of the community. Funds will support counseling and case management services aiding residents’ recovery.

With the assistance of the grant, Huntington County Health & Wellness Coalition will continue to provide opportunities for youth and adults to practice good nutrition and pursue a healthy lifestyle. Funds will support adult participation in fitness classes, community gardening, financial planning and student participation in a multi-year study of the effects of fitness education and progress tracking to help kids build good lifelong habits.

The Partners with Youth program of the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA will receive funding to offer membership scholarships to citizens who do not have the resources to pay membership fees, enabling them to better pursue health and wellness goals. In addition, funding will be provided in support of the YMCA’s capital campaign.

The “On Your Way Up” program and Teen Suicide Prevention program are both offered through the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County. “On Your Way Up” program funding will support incentives to encourage young parents to develop a healthier lifestyle for themselves and their children. Funding for the suicide prevention program concentrates on educating middle and high school students about warning signs and action steps to take if they or someone they know is contemplating suicide.

“Huntington County is an amazing place to live,” said Juli Johnson, president, Parkview Huntington Hospital. “Neighbors care about each other here and support each other. And, as the community’s not-for-profit hospital, Parkview Huntington is a caring neighbor, too. One way we live our mission is by collaborating with, and investing in the community through, partners that are helping people lead better lives with these and other programs. Congratulations to these 2017 funding recipients.”

The Community Health Improvement Program is funded by Parkview Huntington Hospital as a contribution from the hospital’s net income. The program has provided such grants to local nonprofits for more than 15 years.