CareSource Foundation Supports 26 Local Organizations with $390,500 in Grants

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The CareSource Foundation, part of CareSource, a non-profit, public-sector managed care company, recently announced its second round of grant awards for 2010.

The CareSource Foundation is part of CareSource, a non-profit, public-sector managed care company.

While everyone has felt the effects of the high unemployment rate and difficult financial conditions in our community, the population that CareSource touches has felt the recession deeply

The CareSource Foundation, part of CareSource, a non-profit, public-sector managed care company, recently announced its second round of grant awards for 2010. The Foundation funds grants throughout the Ohio and Michigan service areas, invests in priority health and human services issues including critical trends in children’s health, community health, special needs populations and strategies to address the medically uninsured. A total of $390,500 was awarded in the previous quarter to 26 organizations.

More than half of the grant money was given in the form of a Signature Grant to support Montgomery County Care, a pilot health services program that targets uninsured adults in the Dayton region. The CareSource Foundation awarded $210,000 to support the launch of the pilot. Through the program, up to 1,000 uninsured adults in Montgomery County will have access to cost-effective primary care and prescriptions. Montgomery County Care is a partnership with Montgomery County and the Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton.

"While everyone has felt the effects of the high unemployment rate and difficult financial conditions in our community, the population that CareSource touches has felt the recession deeply," Cathy Ponitz, Executive Director, CareSource Foundation. "We are committed to finding health solutions in the communities where we live and work. The Signature Grant that supports the Montgomery County Care initiative is an example of our commitment."

The CareSource Foundation also supported 25 other Ohio and Michigan organizations through their grant program, including:

  •     Children’s Medical Center Dayton: $10,000 grant to support CARE House community advocacy center for abused children
  •     Center for Civil Justice: $5,000 grant to fund multi-lingual health advocates working with low-income mothers and children based in Genesee County, MI
  •     Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center: $5,000 grant to support the Regional Infant Hearing Program for over 1,200 families in NE Ohio
  •     Communities Overcoming Violent Encounters (COVE): $5,000 to provide mental health services young victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or homelessness in Central Michigan
  •     Community Action Organization of Scioto County: $7,500 grant to support the Portsmouth Dental Clinic for the uninsured including preventative, oral surgery and emergency dental treatements
  •     Community Blood Center: $10,000 grant to fund mobile education, advocacy and awareness-building on the importance of organ, tissue and eye donation
  •     Daybreak: $10,000 grant to provide services for homeless youth
  •     Directions for Youth and Family: $3,000 grant to fund the “Fit-Snack” program designed to increase nutritional understanding and decrease obesity in African-American adolescents
  •     Elizabeth’s New Life Center: $5,000 grant to provide medical and prenatal services for 300 low-income women in the Dayton region
  •     Family Violence Prevention Center of Greene County: $7,500 grant to provide safe shelter, legal and medical services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault
  •     Healthcare Connection: $5,000 grant to provide medical, dental, counseling and interpretive services for low-income residents in the Cincinnati region
  •     Hospice of Cincinnati: $7,500 grant to provide compassionate, end-of-life care for low-income and uninsured patients
  •     Hospice of Dayton: $7,500 grant to provide terminally ill patients and their families with access to quality end-of-life care
  •     Kettering Medical Center Foundation: $15,000 grant to the Women’s Wellness Fund supporting free mammography, colorectal, oncology, gynecological and diabetes services to uninsured women in an eight-county region
  •     Mary Scott Nursing Center: $5,000 grant to expand capacity of elder care facility training, services and technology
  •     Miami County Dental Clinic: $5,000 grant to support free or low-cost oral health and dental services for the uninsured and underserved in a five-county region
  •     Miami Valley Association of Disabled Athletes: $5,000 grant to provide equipment and operating support for wheelchair-enabled sports leagues
  •     Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks: $8,000 grant to support the statewide emergency food assistance network
  •     Preble County Board of Developmental Disabilities: $10,000 grant to provide the first public play area in the region that is accessible for all physically-challenged children
  •     Priority Children: $3,500 grant to support collaboration among social service agencies working to connect Medicaid recipients to critical resources with an emphasis on young moms in the Flint, MI region
  •     Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio: $7,500 grant to support Ronald McDonald Care Mobile which brings immunization and hearing/vision screenings to neighborhoods in underserved areas of SE Ohio
  •     Samaritan Health Foundation: $10,000 grant for Samaritan Homeless Clinic services including primary and dental care, psychiatric evaluation, addiction recovery and health education
  •     Spectrum Health Foundation: $7,000 grant to support the “Strong Beginnings” collaboration of community organizations working to decrease the infant mortality rate in the Grand Rapids, Mi region
  •     Unified Health Solutions: $5,000 grant to fund the “Wellness to Go” program which provides on-site screenings for diabetes, heart disease and cancer in low-income neighborhoods throughout Montgomery County
  •     United Church Homes: $7,500 grant to a six-site nursing home network for training and technology support to help decrease acute care hospitalizations

The CareSource Foundation was developed to provide strategic healthcare solutions for the underserved through grants, outreach, medical expertise, community partnerships and volunteerism. For more information on the foundation, visit http://www.caresourcefoundation.com.

About CareSource
CareSource is a non-profit health plan founded on the principles of quality and service, delivered with compassion and a thorough understanding of the Medicaid consumer. By staying true to its mission of making a difference in the lives of underserved people by improving their health care, CareSource has become one of the largest and fastest growing Medicaid managed care plans in the nation. Today, CareSource serves more than 843,000 Medicaid and Medicare Advantage consumers in Ohio and Michigan.

With a strong focus on preventive care, CareSource utilizes a continuum of care model to members at all stages of health and illness. In addition to all required services, CareSource offers extra benefits such as a 24-hour nurse advice line, transportation to doctor's appointments, and a variety of care management programs. For more information about CareSource, visit http://www.caresource.com.

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