owensboro health 300 x 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (8/10/17) – Owensboro Health has announced the recipients of its FY 2018 Community Health Investment grants, which support nonprofit agencies and organizations across the system’s coverage area.

The Community Health Investment grants, announced Thursday at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, will support 38 projects run by 34 different organizations. The funds will also support ongoing commitments and partnerships with additional potential reach. The projects funded serve people of all ages, including direct services and youth health education, tobacco and substance abuse, research and programs for older adults.

Owensboro Health President and CEO Greg Strahan said the Community Health Investment grants are a reflection of Owensboro Health’s unwavering commitment to its communities, not just providing healthcare, but supporting other entities which can make a difference in community health.

“Owensboro Health’s mission is to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities we serve. We can accomplish a lot of that on our own, but we can do so much more when we work with others,” Strahan said. “These grants are aptly named. They are investments, often seed money, if you will. We have planted these seeds annually over the past several years and we are in awe of how they’ve grown and made our communities stronger.”

Steve Johnson, Owensboro Health’s vice president of governmental, community and legislative affairs, said it’s not just about funding, but also about forming lasting connections and partnerships.

“The Community Health Investment grants are an integral part of our strategic work to improve the overall health of our communities because they forge connections, links in a chain so to speak, with agencies throughout the area,” Johnson said. “These organizations are doing outstanding work and Owensboro Health is saying, ‘We want to be your partner.’ Our hope is that by supporting these agencies and helping engage others to address the health issues we face, that we will unite valuable expertise and collective resources and begin to see real impact in the health of individuals and families in our communities.

Debbie Zuerner Johnson, director of community engagement, said the Owensboro Health Gives Community Health Investment grant program is about more than financial support.

“We see tremendous value in helping nonprofit organizations grow, learn and partner with others and we, in turn, learn from them. Doing so puts those organizations in the position to receive additional funding from other sources, and also to create more programs and services which can positively impact health outcomes for the people in the communities we serve,” Zuerner Johnson said.

FY18 Community Health Investment Grant Program Recipients include:

American Heart Association - Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice: EmPowered to Serve Owensboro; Apollo High School Health and Physical Education Department - Apollo Functional Fitness; Audubon Area Community Services, Inc. / Owensboro; Regional Recovery - Making a Healthy Transition; Boulware Mission - Women’s Public Substance Abuse Treatment Program; CASA of the Ohio Valley - Breaking the Cycle – Trauma-Informed Community / School Project; Cliff Hagan Boys & Girls Club - Butting Out, Start SMART and Escaping the Vape; Community Dental Clinic - Accessibility to Care and Education Expansion Project; Father Bradley Shelter for Women and Children - Sleep Tight! Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite; Friends of Sinners - Client Tracking Database; Girls, Inc. of Owensboro Daviess County; Environ-Mentally Strong; Greater Owensboro Young Life - Lead Through Mentoring; Green River District Health Department - Daviess County Community Access Project (DC-CAP); Green River District Health Department - Teen Outreach Program; Green River District Health Department - Quit Now Kentucky Promotion; Hospice of Western Kentucky - Palliative Care Program- Phase II; MentorKids Kentucky - Mentoring Program; Munday Activity Center, Inc. - PEARLS program for older adults; New Beginnings Sexual Assault Support Services - Child Centered Play Therapy; Owensboro Public Schools - Lifesavers: Automated External Defibrillators Accessibility; Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition, Inc. - Community, Business, and Professional Awareness Campaign; Project C.A.M.P. Inc. (dba: The Center for Courageous Kids) - Camp Experience for Seriously Ill Children; Puzzle Pieces, Inc. - Project D.R.E.A.M.; The Way of Rockport Indiana, Inc. - Substance Abuse and Smoke Free Program; Tri-State Food Bank, Inc. - Mobile Pantries; University of Kentucky Research Foundation - Socially-Responsible Marketing Campaign to Increase Lung Cancer Screening Awareness; Western Kentucky University Research Foundation - Bingocize ®; International Bluegrass Music Museum - ROMP 2018 Supporting Community Outreach Programming; Owensboro Dance Theatre - In Concert / Dance for Wellness; Owensboro Museum of Fine Art - Riverartes III: The Art of Placemaking; Owensboro Museum of Science & History - "HOP" and "Discover Owensboro, Discover the World"; Owensboro Symphony Orchestra - “Music On Call" Community Engagement Program; RiverPark Center - 2017-2018 Broadway Series with Pay What You Can Program; Theatre Workshop of Owensboro - Safe Space- Empress Backstage Renovation; DCPS and OCTC Community Campus - Life Science Academy; and, Supplies Over Seas - Hospital Recycling Partnership.

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