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MFH grants to benefit RHF and County Health Dept.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

NOREEN HYSLOP photo The Regional Healthcare Foundation on W. Grant St. in Dexter is the recipient of a grant for nearly $9,000 from the Missouri Foundation for Health. In addition, the Stoddard County Public Health Center will be receiving $25,000, earmarked for the purchase of supplies and equipment to improve the health of county residents.
ST. LOUIS -- Stoddard County will benefit from nearly $34,000 in grant money from the Missouri Foundation for Health, it was learned through a news release late Tuesday.

Named for a one-year grant of $25,000 was the Stoddard County Public Health Center in Bloomfield. The grant is intended to help purchase equipment and supplies to assist the department in serving the health care needs of county residents and to improve the health of county residents, especially the uninsured and underserved.

Other health departments receiving a $25,000 grant are in Scott, Mississippi, New Madrid and Pemiscot Counties.

Additionally, the Regional Healthcare Foundation in Dexter was awarded one of three mini-grants. The local foundation will receive $8,941 to help educate parents about preventing child abuse.

Three mini-grants were made under MFH's Community Health and Prevention funding program. The goal of CHP funding is to establish communities where good health, healthy behaviors and the healthy choice are the norm. The two other mini-grants will go to the Mississippi County Health Department in the amount of $9,310 to provide smoking cessation programs for adults, especially pregnant women, and to New Madrid Health Department in the amount of $9,593 to educate residents about avoiding substance abuse.

Missouri Foundation for Health's Strategic Organizational Development funding program supports specific, short-term interventions that help organizations and coalitions build capacity, improve operational efficiency and become more effective in improving Missourians' health.

A SOD grant was awarded to Mission Missouri in Sikeston in the amount of $19,348. This funding will be used by the organization to perform short-term business and financial planning.

The grants are part of a $3.2 million round of funding recently approved by the MFH Board of Directors.

Missouri Foundation for Health is an independent philanthropic foundation dedicated to empowering Missourians to achieve equal access to quality health services. MFH provides grant funding and education, and fosters community partnerships to promote health improvement, especially for the uninsured and underserved. Since its founding in 2000, MFH has provided more than $470 million in grants and awards to organizations in 84 Missouri counties and the city of St. Louis.

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