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 $997,913 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 $23,312 to $120,000, were awarded to 17 nonprofit health-related organizations in Broward, 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 services.”

In Miami-Dade County, grants were awarded to: Baptist Health South Florida Foundation, $30,000 to assist with a health needs assessment in West Kendall to inform the development of a comprehensive community action plan; Camillus House, $54,843 to support efforts to become accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF); Common Threads, $50,000 to launch a multi-component nutrition education program for 3rd-5th grade children in 45 public schools; Chapman Partnership, $30,000 to provide oral health services to homeless adults and children; Jessie Trice Community Health Centers, $95,000 to integrate behavioral health assessments, screenings and services at an existing primary care health center in Miami Gardens and Kristi House, $23,312 to build the agency’s capacity to provide Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

In addition, Miami-Dade County Health Department, $120,000 to increase access to breast and cervical cancer screenings for women living in areas with high rates of late-stage cancer diagnoses; Miami Jewish Health Systems, $42,000 to support a falls prevention program through the purchase and installation of voice activated sensors; New Hope C.O.R.P.S., $57,780 to support efforts to become accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF); South Florida After-School All-Stars, $20,000 to assist in creating an evaluation framework for the organization; South Miami Drug-Free Coalition, $15,000 to build capacity, begin an enhanced positive social norms campaign for high school students and implement the Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment protocol (SBIRT) and The WOW Center, $57,500 to design and install outdoor fitness equipment appropriate for individuals with varying abilities in Kendall’s Indian Hammocks Park.

A grant that will impact residents in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties was awarded to: South Florida Behavioral Health Network, $67,500 to increase system, organization, and provider capacity to provide patient-centered integrated behavioral health care.

In Broward County, grants were awarded to: Department of Health in Broward County, $120,000 to increase access to breast and cervical cancer diagnostic procedures for women in Broward County; Department of Health in Broward County, $120,000 to advocate for policy change to decrease exposure to secondhand smoke and decrease youth access to tobacco products and Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies, $59,978 to purchase, modify, and install an electronic Health Information Management system to facilitate the provision of case managed health and social services programs to low-income families.

A grant was also awarded to: United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse, $35,000 to train a network of peer mentors working in substance abuse treatment settings on the Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) model to encourage increased resiliency, wellness and self-management among individuals with substance abuse disorders.

For additional information about Health Foundation of South Florida or its grantee partners, please contact 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 $106 million in grants and program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or visit: