CareSource Foundation Contributes $770,300 to 29 Non-Profits

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Quarterly grants break Foundation record

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"A total of $770,300, which included three Signature Grants to Cuyahoga Health Access Partnership, The Foodbank in Dayton and Ohio United Way 2-1-1, was given to 29 non-profit organizations."

The CareSource Foundation recently awarded its first round of quarterly grants for 2013. The CareSource Foundation invests in non-profit 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.

A total of $770,300, which included three high-impact Signature Grants to Cuyahoga Health Access Partnership, The Foodbank in Dayton and Ohio United Way 2-1-1, was given to 29 non-profit organizations.

CareSource Foundation grant recipients include:

1. Cuyahoga Health Access Partnership: $200,000 grant to fund a joint public-private partnership focused on access to care for the uninsured and low-income population in the Cleveland region. The grant will help expand a broad network of partner health organizations to coordinate hospitals, health specialists, prescription assistance, transportation, disease management and patient navigator services.

2. The Foodbank: $140,000 grant to launch a statewide “Specialized Food Box” program that will provide diabetic-friendly food for up to 2,500 high-risk CareSource members with a diabetes diagnosis in the Dayton region. CareSource Patient Navigators will work directly with this special population to ensure their disease is managed.

3. Ohio United Way 2-1-1: $200,000 grant to expand 2-1-1 operations (human services equivalent of the 911 emergency call system) to three new counties in Southeast Ohio, one of the poorest and most under-resourced regions in the state. These services are free, available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and staffed by certified, trained professionals.

4. Abuse and Rape Crisis Shelter of Warren County: $7,500 grant to support a trauma response program for victims of domestic violence that connects police, judicial, health care and social services.

5. After-School All-Stars Ohio: $5,000 grant to provide comprehensive after-school programs with a focus on health, wellness and physical activity in partnership with GetUp Montgomery County.

6. American Heart Association: $7,500 grant to support Go Red for Women, an initiative to educate the region on risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke.

7. Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland: $7,000 grant to support the Healthy Lifestyles program for more than 3,300 young people in the greater Cleveland area.

8. Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley: $15,000 grant to develop Medical/Social Service Navigator program for African and Middle Eastern refugees who are new to the Dayton region and connected through the Refugee Resettlement program.

9. Columbus Speech & Hearing Center: $10,000 grant to support hearing testing, hearing aid services and speech/language therapy for low-income children in a seven-county region.

10. Community Action Organization of Scioto County: $10,000 grant to expand the capacity for both emergency and preventative services of The Dental Center which serves more than 4,000 low-income patients each year.

11. Dental Center of Northwest Ohio: $10,000 grant to launch a pilot program designed to support the dental needs of uninsured adults in the Toledo area.

12. Friends of The Castle: $8,000 grant to support The Castle, a job training and drop-in center for more than 400 adults with serious mental illness in Montgomery County.

13. Lakewood Community Service Center: $5,300 grant to incorporate fresh fruits into the Emergency Food Delivery Program for older adults living in low-income residential housing.

14. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: $9,000 grant to support the Patient Services Program which provides cancer-related education for parents, caregivers, patients and health care providers in a 26-county region of southwest Ohio.

15. Life Essentials: $10,000 grant to expand guardianship and volunteer caregiver programs to support the needs of more than 500 vulnerable adults with mental health challenges.

16. LifeCare Alliance: $15,000 grant to provide comprehensive health and nutrition services for low-income elderly or medical-challenged individuals through senior dining centers, visiting nurses, in-home safety and groceries-to-go programs in central Ohio.

17. Mayerson Jewish Community Center: $5,000 grant to support innovative health and wellness programs at the Mayerson Senior Center in Cincinnati.

18. Miami County Dental Clinic: $6,000 grant to expand the portable, school-based oral health program for elementary-aged children in Miami County.

19. OhioHealth Foundation: $10,000 grant to provide operating support for the mobile “Wellness on Wheels” project which provides critical prenatal care for low-income women in urban Columbus.

20. People Working Cooperatively: $8,000 grant to assist with essential home repairs, energy conservation and modifications which allow low-income homeowners to remain in their homes and live independently.

21. Prevent Blindness Ohio: $10,000 grant to increase the number of trained vision screeners to ensure that 17,000 Dayton-area preschoolers will be among the 400,000 children in Ohio who are screened this year.

22. Public Children Services Association of Ohio: $15,000 grant to support “Advocates for Ohio’s Future” efforts which promote statewide strategies focused on safe children, stable families and supportive communities with a current focus on health transformation.

23. Reach Out of Montgomery County: $15,000 grant to provide comprehensive health services for uninsured and vulnerable populations as part of the county-wide medical safety net for the underserved.

24. RePlay for Kids: $5,000 to help adapt toys and education materials for low-income children with disabilities in northeast Ohio.

25. Support to Encourage Low-Income Families (SELF): $6,000 to help fund the “Home Repair Blitz” which will ultimately help 80 low-income seniors and people with disabilities to repair or modify their homes in Butler County.

26. The Center for Writing and Communication: $5,000 grant to stem the tide of unemployment for people with special needs by providing community mentors for job-seekers, new employees or vocational rehab participants.

27. Victim Assistance Program: $5,000 grant to help connect victims of crime in the Akron region with active crisis intervention and connection to social service agencies, health care and judicial system navigators.

28. Western Stark Free Clinic: $6,000 grant to provide quality health care, pharmacy services, vision, dental and radiology testing for low-income, uninsured individuals in Stark County.

29. YMCA of Greater Dayton: $15,000 grant to support activities at the Youth Regional Training Center including swim, fitness, nutrition and childhood obesity prevention programs which service 350 at-risk children in the Dayton region.

About CareSource
CareSource is a non-profit health plan headquartered in Dayton, Ohio. As one of the largest Medicaid managed care plan in the country, CareSource understands the challenges consumers face navigating the health system. We are committed to putting health care within reach for approximately 900,000 members we serve in Ohio and Kentucky. For more information about CareSource, visit For more information about the CareSource Foundation, visit

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