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Owensboro Health announces recipients of 2022 Community Health Investments Grant

OWENSBORO, Ky. — Owensboro Health announced the recipients of $719,946 in Community Health Investments Grants. The grants provide in-kind and financial support for health, human services, and arts projects throughout the region.

Funded projects and agencies being supported span a wide array of regional needs, from children in local school districts to aging adults and senior services. This year’s amount means Owensboro Health has invested more than $7 million in area agencies since 2011.

Agencies and projects funded for the upcoming fiscal year are listed below:

  • Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum
    Bluegrass Music in Post-COVID Community Healing
    Includes support for five community programs: Bluegrass in the Schools, Saturday Morning Lessons/Bluegrass Band Project, Bluegrass Community Education, Traditional Dance (Clogging) and Bluegrass Music Outreach.
  • CASA of the Ohio Valley
    Change the Life of a Child
    Community awareness and engagement program related to the focus on issues of child abuse and resilience factors. Grant funds will also be used for volunteer recruitment.
  • City of Greenville
    Play for All Park Playground Renovation Project
    The renovation of Morgan Park will provide the only ADA – inclusive playground in Muhlenberg County. This space is located in close proximity to schools and low-income housing.
  • Cliff Hagan Boys & Girls Club (Henderson Unit)
    Health in Motion
    Includes funding for 3 programs: Heathy Cooking Classes, Swimming Lessons, and SkyZone Trampoline Fitness Classes.
  • Community Dental Clinic
    Patient Outreach, Recovery, and Access to Care Project
    Target population is the uninsured and Medicaid patients in our area who need routine and emergent dental care through their Charity Care Fund.
  • Daniel Pitino Shelter
    DPS Community Resource Room
    Community Resource Room will provide space for online and in – person resources to address the physical, mental, and health needs of clients.
  • Daviess County Public Schools
    The Umbrella Project-Breaking through the Pandemic Wall
    Funding would be used for the implementation of safe spaces: 1 middle school and 1 high school; support for a Mental Health Resource Connector position; and professional development to address mental health and suicide.
  • Girls Inc. of Owensboro Daviess County
    Healthy Futures Academy of Learning
    The academy will educate girls on the importance of healthy living and safety, learn about accessing appropriate care when medical attention is needed, and be introduced to a variety of careers in healthcare.              
  • Green River District Health Department – DC-CAP
    Daviess County Community Access Project (DC-CAP)
    Prescription assistance and access to care program reaching at-risk vulnerable populations. Goal is to provide at least $3.5 million dollars in donated prescriptions to our local community.
  • Green River District Health Department – Nicotine Reduction Program
    Green River Nicotine Reduction Program
    Support for nicotine replacement therapy, tobacco quit line and cessation resources, and education and awareness regarding JUULS and electronic cigarettes. Partnership is a model in state; this funding supports expansion to additional counties.
  • Green River District Health Department-Safe Sleep for Babies
    Safe Sleep for Babies II
    Purchase of 50 Safe Sleep Survival Kits: Sleep Sack, Pack ‘N Play, fitted sheet with safe sleep messaging, soothing pacifier and a “Sleep Baby Safe and Snug” children’s book.
  • H.L. Neblett Community Center
    Building Strong African-American Families
    This project seeks to strengthen family relationships, parenting processes, and youth competencies in traditionally economically disadvantaged families identified as needing additional mental health resources.
  • Hancock County Partners for a Healthy Community/Youth, Inc.
    Tobacco Prevention & Nicotine Cessation in Hancock & Spencer Counties
    Youth and adult education about the dangers of tobacco/e-cigarette use, serving  Hancock County, Kentucky and Spencer County in Indiana.
  • Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Kentucky
    Ensuring Access to Care During a Pandemic
    Funding provided for Camp Courage and both palliative care and bereavement educational materials.
  • International Center
    Emotional Wellness Program for Refugee Populations
    Individual and group therapy sessions for members of the refugee community to combat deep trauma. Medically Certified Interpreters will be identified and trained, along with mental health care providers in the community to better meet the specific needs of refugees and their families.
  • Junior Achievement of West Kentucky, Inc.
    JA Pathways toward Career and Life Success for K-12 Youth
    Investment targeting youth in 11 counties in the highest free and reduced lunch classrooms, providing students with the knowledge, skills, and tools to increase understanding of importance of improving their economic well-being.
  • Kentucky Kids on the Block
    34 Educational Puppetry Health Programs
    Educational puppetry programs will address priority health areas at public elementary schools in Breckenridge, Butler, Daviess, Edmonson, Hardin, Hart, Henderson, and Ohio Counties.
  • Kentucky Wesleyan College
    Reducing Tobacco Use within the KWC Campus Community
    Funding provided for a tobacco awareness and cessation campus program. KWC will have a staff member trained as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist and partner with the OHRH Outpatient Pharmacy for Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).
  • Light of Chance, Inc.
    Breathe Youth Arts Residency Program
    A thirty-one week pilot initiative including visual arts, music, creative writing, performing arts, and mindfulness exercises which help participants learn skills that promote cognitive focus, emotional regulation, and decision-making.  Implemented in the Hopkins County Day Treatment Program.
  • New Beginnings Sexual Assault Support Services
    The Adult Chair
    The Adult Chair training will educate mental health providers on how childhood, adolescent, and adult trauma affects the brain. Better treatment plans can then be created to assist clients who have experienced trauma in the past.
  • Owensboro Community and Technical College Foundation, Inc.
    Promoting Health Equity through Allied Health Workforce Diversity Initiative
    Program to provide education and promotion of careers in healthcare to increase diversity in the workforce through information sessions and a summer academy.
  • Owensboro Dance Theatre, Inc.
    Dance for Wellness 2022
    The Dance for Wellness 2022 Project focuses on four programs: “Rising Stars: Adaptive Needs Dance Therapy” program “Dance/Movement/L.E.A.N.” program, “Dance for Health”, and “Dance to Learn…Science”.
  • Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition
    Community Professional Education and Awareness Campaign
    Strategies supported by the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Plan and the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention including community based programs aimed at reducing stigma associated with seeking treatment for mental health problems; utilizing educational materials and programs designed to help people understand suicidal risks and warning signs; increase the competency of those professionals who work with suicidal patients; provide support to loss survivors.
  • Owensboro Symphony
    Music On Call
    Music On Call brings meaningful, musical experiences directly to participants in their environment through a variety of community partnerships.
  • Puzzle Pieces
    Enhancing Programs, Enriching Lives
    Support to enrich the programming for the organization’s five divisions: social/community, vocational, residential, employment opportunities, and the Owen Autism Center.
  • RiverPark Center
    “Pay What You Can” and Broadway
    The Pay What You Can Program underwrites free and greatly reduced tickets for Broadway shows and other RiverPark Center performances for those who may not otherwise be able to afford them.
  • Senior Community Center of Owensboro-Daviess County, Inc.
    Weekend Accessible and Ready Meals (WARM) Program
    Provision of nutritious meals on the weekends to vulnerable seniors in Daviess County. New objectives involve establishing an evidence base for the WARM program, standardize all procedures required to plan, implement, and evaluate the WARM program and present the results of the project regionally/nationally.
  • SOS International
    Hospital Recycling Partner Program
    Funding supports continued Hospital Recycling Partnership to help support the expenses related to collection and redistribution of surplus medical supplies. SOS was a key partner in addressing needs presented by COVID-19 in Kentucky.
  • The Center of Owensboro-Daviess County, Inc.
    Targeted Case Management Program
    Program provides individualized support to clients assisting them in addressing social determinants of health through the coordination efforts of a licensed social worker. Funding also provides for technology needs to support targeted case management.
  • The Foundry Center for the Arts
    After School Arts – Henderson and Webster Counties
    Support for expansion of program impact by providing services without financial barriers to youth in Henderson and Webster Counties. Children can choose from a variety of classes to participate in, including painting/drawing, acting, and hip hop dancing.
  • The Kentucky Methodist Homes for Children – Mary Kendall Campus
    The Fit Trail
    Support provided for outdoor fitness equipment to be incorporated into each youth-in-healing’s Individualized Treatment Plan for more holistic wellness opportunities and physical activity.
  • The Way of Rockport Indiana, Inc.
    Bringing Back Smiles
    Funding allocated will support provision of dental care for clients in this Spencer County, Indiana recovery facility.
  • Theatre Workshop of Owensboro
    Lights, Camera, Action!
    Additional equipment will be purchased to advance virtual engagement opportunities for community members with training of volunteers so they may properly utilize new equipment.
  • Tri-State Food Bank, Inc.
    Seed Funding for New Backpack Sites
    105 children identified with food insecurity will be served; youth at Heritage Park High School, Burns Middle School, and Crossroads will be given nutritional food items to sustain them each weekend of the 2021 – 2022 school year.
  • Wendell Foster
    Adaptive Climbing Wall and Indoor Therapy Gym
    Equipment to meet the occupational and physical outpatient therapy needs of clients with disabilities.

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