Health Foundation of South Florida Awards $1.8 Million in Grants

The Health Foundation of South Florida has announced twenty-three grants totaling $1.8 million to organizations working to address a range of community health needs, including boosting access to primary health services, oral health care, opportunities for physical activity and nutritious foods, and breast, cervical, and colorectal screenings.

In Miami-Dade County, grants were awarded to Baptist Health of South Florida ($75,000) to open a nurse practitioner-led outpatient clinic; Carrfour Supportive Housing ($80,000) to create a healthy food hub that extends into low-income neighborhoods; and the Chapman Partnership ($100,000) to boost access to primary health care for homeless families and individuals. In Broward County, grants were awarded to Hospice by the Sea ($30,000) for technology upgrades that will enable certified nurses' assistants to document patient encounter data electronically; the Institute for Child and Family Health ($100,000) to expand its health information technology system to ensure compliance with federal guidelines and improve organizational efficiency; and the North Broward Hospital District Charitable Foundation ($60,000) in support of its planning for National Committee for Quality Assurance, Patient Centered Medical Home recognition.

The foundation also awarded $36,000 to the Star of the Sea Foundation in Monroe County to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables among low-income residents in the Florida Keys. Organizations receiving multi-county grants include Florida Impact ($43,000) to enroll afterschool providers in the newly established federal Supper Program, boosting access to healthy meals for children in Miami-Dade and Broward counties; Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired ($53,000) to provide access to comprehensive eye examinations and glasses to uninsured children in Broward and Monroe counties; and Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe ($65,000) to evaluate a new system for documenting and tracking the healthcare needs of foster children in Broward and Monroe counties.

"The funding enables Health Foundation to work with community partners who bring expertise and resources to improve people's health, with a focus on prevention and early intervention," said the organization's board chair, Divina Grossman. "We are proud to partner with grantees in addressing community needs to ensure all residents have opportunities for better health."

"Health Foundation Awards More Than One Million Dollars to Local Organizations." Health Foundation of South Florida Press Release 02/08/2012.