CareSource Foundation Supports 16 Local Organizations with $180,500 in Grants

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The CareSource Foundation, part of CareSource, a non-profit, public-sector managed care company, recently announced several new grant awards for 2010. The CareSource Foundation invests in nonprofit organizations that focus on critical trends in children's health, community health issues, special needs populations and strategies to address the medically uninsured throughout Ohio and Michigan.

The CareSource Foundation, part of CareSource, a non-profit, public-sector managed care company, recently announced several new grant awards for 2010. The CareSource Foundation invests in nonprofit organizations that focus on critical trends in children's health, community health issues, special needs populations and strategies to address the medically uninsured throughout Ohio and Michigan. A total of $180,500 was awarded to 16 organizations including a $75,000 Signature Grant to the Ohio chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics for a high-impact, statewide children's asthma pilot project.

CareSource Foundation Grant recipients include:

-- American Academy of Pediatrics, Ohio Chapter, Network Asthma Project: $75,000 to support a statewide collaborative of pediatric practices focused on improving asthma care and outcomes for children. Pilot year indicators project significant impact in the areas of asthma management, containment and medical access for a geographically and economically-diverse population.

-- 4 Paws for Ability: $5,000 to place assistance dogs with children and young adults throughout Ohio who experience issues related to mobility, hearing, seizures, autism, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and other health issues that can be supported through the use of helper dogs.

-- Bellflower Center for Prevention of Child Abuse: $7,000 to support therapy and home visitation for children and adults in Cleveland who are directly affected by the trauma of abuse and in-school prevention training for more than 2,000 students.

-- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Foundation: $10,000 to fund the High-Risk Infant follow-up program for fragile newborns.

-- Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley: $5,000 to support Erma’s House, a safe place for children to meet for custody exchanges or supervised visits with non-custodial parents in the Dayton region.

-- Joint Township District Memorial Hospital: $10,000 to support development of Telemanagement electronic patient monitoring tools designed to help elderly patients in the St. Mary’s region to remain in the home with reduced incidence of hospitalization and re-admissions.

-- Kalamazoo Crisis Pregnancy Center: $7,500 to help establish outreach programs focused on identifying and eliminating sexually transmitted infections including screenings, referrals and prescription support.

-- Kidney Foundation of Ohio: $5,000 to provide funding for innovative “Healthy U” in-school programs emphasizing obesity and diabetes prevention, healthy eating habits and physical fitness for children in greater Cleveland.

-- Catholic Charities of Shiawassee & Genesee Counties: $5,000 grant to provide school, nutrition and personal hygiene supplies for children who are regular visitors to the North End Soup Kitchen in Flint, MI.

-- Legal Aid of Western Ohio/Advocates for Basic Legal Equality: $5,000 to support a Medical-Legal Partnership for Children which provides legal intervention and advocacy for patients who may be victims of domestic violence, child abuse, homelessness or other situational issues.

-- Catholic Outreach Flint: $7,500 to provide transportation for low-income children who require chemotherapy, kidney dialysis or specialized treatment for AIDS, cystic fibrosis, burns or other critical needs only provided by specialized sites.

-- Mental Health America of Franklin County: $8,000 to link licensed mental health professionals in Ohio with individuals in the Columbus region who need but cannot afford mental health care.

-- Neighborhood Family Practice: $8,000 to provide patient advocates in Cleveland-based health centers focused on supportive services to pregnant women and young families.

--Oxford/College Corner Clinic: $10,000 to provide prescription payment assistance to low-income patients with critical health needs.

-- Victory Ministries Family Assistance Center: $5,000 to support food pantry operations required to distribute emergency supplies to 6,000 families and 1,600 elderly individuals in the Columbus region.

-- Women’s Resource Center: $7,500 to launch the Doula Teen Parent Program, a mentor-based parenting program that supports young mothers in Traverse City, MI with prenatal care and healthy parenting skills.

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 849,000 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.

Contact: Jenny Michael at 937.531.3103 or jenny.michael (at) caresource (dot) com

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