Nearly $200,000 awarded to community groups by Group Health

Nearly $200,000 awarded to community groups by Group Health

Grants to support programs for children’s health, access to care

Seattle– Group Health Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Group Health Cooperative, is announcing eight new grant awards today. Totaling $188,917, the grants provide seed money for health improvement projects benefiting youth in communities around the state of Washington.

“As the state budget for public health is threatened, philanthropy plays an essential role in filling some funding gaps. The community groups receiving these grants fulfill essential roles in helping to protect children throughout Washington,” said Laura Rehrmann, Foundation president and CEO.

Awards are:

  • $25,000 to Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery in Spokane to provide emergency safe shelter for children at risk for abuse or neglect, as well as subsidized childcare and educational programs for their parents.

  • $25,000 to Feminist Women’s Health Center in Yakima to deliver free reproductive health services to Spanish- and English-speaking female teenagers throughout the Yakima Valley.

  • $39,557 to Volunteers of America in Spokane to help homeless and at-risk teens apply for health insurance and get direct medical care.

  • $46,140 to Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center in Seattle for a model program to increase booster-seat use among 4- to 8-year-old Latino children in King County.

  • $5,000 to Whatcom Crisis Services in Bellingham to provide school-based group sessions to teen girls to help them avoid violence and abuse in dating and relationships.

  • $8,220 to Franciscan Health System in Tacoma to immunize 500 Pierce County children and teach families about communicable diseases via schools and health fairs.

  • $20,000 to Pierce County AIDS Foundation to provide mental health referrals and vouchers to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth in Pierce County.

  • $20,000 to CeaseFire Foundation of Washington for a statewide, social-marketing campaign to raise awareness about safe firearm storage. The campaign will engage media, violence prevention, public health, law enforcement and medical professionals in an effort to reduce firearm death and injury among youth.