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MIAMI, FL- Health Foundation of South Florida’s Board of Directors approved $1,165,370 for grants focused on increasing access to quality, primary health care, healthy eating active communities, preventive health-measures, oral health and other community health needs. The grants, which range from $28,000 to $105,000, were awarded to twenty nonprofit health-related organizations in Broward and Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

According to Health Foundation of South Florida Chairman Richard Laviña, “Supporting the essential efforts of nonprofits that are making an impact on improving the health of underserved individuals and families is at the core our mission.” He added, “Through our working relationships and collaborative efforts, we strive to ensure that South Florida residents have access to quality health care and healthy communities.”

In Miami-Dade County, grants were awarded to: Banyan Community Health Center, $60,000 to implement an Electronic Health Record system for primary care services; Better Way of Miami, $75,000 to implement an Electronic Health Record system for behavioral health care services; Carrfour Supportive Housing, $28,800 to continue with the establishment of a healthy food hub connecting food producers to consumers; Dade County Dental Research Clinic, $50,000 for the purchase and use of oral health specialty care diagnostic equipment; Miami Beach Education Foundation, $62,000 to provide basic health services for students at three Miami Beach schools; Miami-Dade County Health Department, $55,000 to operate a mobile dental van that provides preventive oral healthcare to children in South Dade County; Psychosocial Rehabilitation Center, $50,000 to renovate and purchase equipment for a commercial-sized kitchen at a new center for persons with mental illness; Quit Doc Research and Education Foundation, $40,000 to develop, implement, and staff an interactive video-based smoking cessation program; South Florida Jail Ministries, $75,000 to establish an integrated behavioral health and primary care Electronic Health Record system.

In Broward County, grants were awarded to: Alliance for a Healthier Generation, $105,620 to provide technical assistance to Broward County schools in establishing healthy school environments; Broward Education Foundation, $31,500 to implement an integrated school garden nutrition program in 10 public schools; Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center, $100,000 to provide oral health services to 700 children and adolescents with special health care needs; Florida Impact, $46,000 to increase participation in the Federal after-school meal program; Henderson Behavioral Health, $100,000 to support the implementation of a health home program for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness; Nova Southeastern University, $32,000 to document patient experience within patient center medical homes and use this information to improve care; United Way of Broward County, $20,000 to plan a Broward County multi-agency effort to offer prevention and/or early intervention assistance to individuals at risk for substance abuse; YMCA of Broward County, $74,700 to incorporate community assessment and community planning best practices into multiple Broward-based health initiatives.

In Monroe County, a grant was awarded to: Florida Keys Area Health Education Center Program, $49,750 to provide technical assistance to Monroe County schools in establishing healthy school environments.

Serving Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, Switchboard of Miami was awarded $60,000 for technology and capacity enhancements to better provide immediate trilingual health and social services assistance and referrals via telephone for an estimated 140,000 adults, youth and families.

In Miami-Dade and Broward, a grant was awarded to: YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade, $50,000 to increase access to breast and cervical cancer screenings for low-income women.

Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grantmaking organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. By advancing health solutions, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in ensuring access to affordable, quality health services for all residents, especially the underserved. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $100 million in grants and program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or visit the Web site, www.hfsf.org. Also visit www.healthyagingsf.org for information on the Foundation’s Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative of South Florida.