April 15, 2010

MFH Awards $300,000 to Area Healthcare Organizations

(ST. LOUIS) – Three northeast Missouri nonprofits have received a total of $300,000 in grants from the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH). Grant funding supports nonprofit organizations that work to improve the health of thousands of Missourians.

The local grants are part of a nearly $5.8 million round of funding approved by MFH’s board in March 2010.

All three area grants come through MFH’s Basic Support program. Basic Support funds operational expenses for health-related nonprofits’ existing salaries and benefits, equipment and supplies.

Hospice of Northeast Missouri, operating out of Kirsville, but servicing northeast Missouri, including Scotland County, received a $75,000 grant. The MFH funding supports the organization’s efforts to provide end-of-life care and assistance for the terminally ill.

Northeast Missouri Area Health Education Center, located in Macon, also received $75,000 in funding. This grant assists the organization in its efforts to promote health professional recruitment and training, especially in underserved areas.

Both were first time grant recipients.

Northeast Missouri Health Council Inc., of Kirksville, which operated a clinic in Memphis, received a $150,000 grant. Funding supports the organization’s efforts to provide safety-net medical, dental and behavioral health needs for underserved clients.

Established in 2000, MFH is the largest non-governmental funder of community health activities in Missouri.  MFH is in its eighth year of grantmaking, having issued more than $363 million in grants and awards to date.  It is dedicated to improving the health of unserved and underserved residents in 84 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis.

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