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The combined impact of the funding is expected to reach and improve health for thousands
of residents.

MIAMI, FL – Health Foundation of South Florida’s Board of Directors recently approved $1,573,352 for grants in its priority areas: behavioral health, healthy eating active communities, preventive health measures and primary care as well as other community health needs. The grants, which range from $20,000 to $200,000, were awarded to 20 nonprofit health-related organizations in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.

According to Health Foundation of South Florida President & CEO Steven Marcus, Ed.D, “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 health promoting neighborhoods in which to live as well as quality health services.”

In Miami-Dade County, grants were awarded to: Chapman Partnership, $200,000 to provide primary care services to homeless adults and children residing at Chapman Partnership North, the largest homeless shelter in Miami-Dade County; City of Hialeah, $80,000 to develop and implement Complete Streets policies within the City to make roadways more pedestrian and bicycle friendly; City of Miami, $91,737 to implement an evidence-based physical activity program in 20 after-school sites; City of South Miami, $20,000 to develop and implement Complete Streets policies within the City to make roadways more pedestrian and bicycle friendly and Empower “U”, $90,000 for an electronic health record system that meets federal mandates and facilitates the provision of primary care services.

In addition, Family Resource Center of South Florida, $37,438 for an electronic health record system that meets federal mandates and facilitates the provision of behavioral health services; Federation Of Families Miami-Dade Chapter, $34,000 to increase organizational capacity in the areas of communication and technology; New Horizons Community Mental Health Center, $90,000 for an electronic health record system that meets federal mandates and facilitates the provision of behavioral health services; Open Door Health Center, $200,000 to provide free primary care services to low-income, uninsured individuals and families; The Education Fund, $60,000 to support a garden-to-school cafeteria program.

In Broward County, grants were awarded to: American Lung Association, $92,831 to support environmental and policy change to decrease access to tobacco products for youth and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke through smoke-free multiunit housing and point-of-sale marketing strategies at convenience stores; Broward College Foundation,$62,000 to purchase a cardiopulmonary simulation manikin, an educational tool for nursing and allied health students; Broward Community & Family Health Center, $69,962 to help the Federally Qualified Health Center’s four service delivery sites achieve and maintain recognition as Patient Centered Medical Homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance; Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center, $159,434 to implement a linkage to care program for HIV positive youth and Kids In Distress, $71,350 to purchase and implement a centralized web-based performance management system.

In Monroe County, grants were awarded to: Florida Department of Health-Monroe County, $48,850 to support adopting smoke-free property policies at eight properties by promoting smoke-free housing to property managers and owners; Florida Keys Area Health Education Center Program, Inc., $24,750 to provide technical assistance to Monroe County schools in establishing healthy school environments.

Grants that will impact residents in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe Counties were awarded to: American Heart Association, $36,000 to increase access to healthy foods by establishing a Healthy Food Financing Program in Florida; Farm Share, $65,000 to purchase a refrigerated trailer that will enable the organization to acquire more donated food from farmers and businesses and have the items be safely transported to families in need and Florida Impact, $40,000 to increase participation in the federal after-school meal program in South Florida.

For additional information about Health Foundation of South Florida or its grantee partners, please contact Shari Gantman, Health Foundation at 305.374.9199.

About Health Foundation of South Florida: 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 $108 million in grants and program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or visit: www.hfsf.org.