Nine organizations in Humboldt County recently received Wellness and Prevention Initiative Grants from the St. Joseph Health (SJHS) Foundation on behalf of St. Joseph Hospital totalling more than $500,000. These diverse organizations were selected for their unique programs that champion efforts to promote the health and overall well-being of communities in need. The awarded grants support proactive programs and community collaborations that focus on improving the quality of life in the communities.
"This year’s grantees represent a diverse group of organizations that bridge the health status and quality of life gaps that exist in the economically challenged communities that we serve," said Gabriela Robles, Executive Director, SJHS Foundation. "The need to come together as a community to address the unmet health needs in our communities is as great as it has ever been and these organizations help us be active participants in reaching beyond the walls of our hospitals to be an effective community partner."
In Humboldt County, grants were awarded to:
Arcata Night Shelter Program $35,519
Children’s Health Initiative $60,000
Food for People $56,252
Mobile Medical Latino Outreach $75,000
North Coast AIDS Project $56,000
Open Door for Restorative Dental $47,500
Serenity Inn $46,430
St. Vincent de Paul $75,000
RCAA/Transitional Living $50,000
In total, 48 grants totalling $2.4 million were awarded throughout California with a focus on initiatives that address childhood obesity, chronic diseases management, nutrition, mental health, youth development, child dental care, job training and homelessness.
In 1986, the St. Joseph Health, in a core response to a ministry created by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, began an effort to further its commitment to neighbors in need by establishing the St. Joseph Health System Foundation. Through allocating resources for underserved people and responding to the needs of the community, the Foundation facilitates improved health status for the economically poor and strives to create healthy communities. Foundation resources are provided by the SJHS hospitals, which contribute a percentage of their net income to the foundation to support efforts to improve the lives of those who are economically poor.