November 22, 2012

Tiger Trail, Health Department Receive MFH Grants

Christmas is still more than a month away, but several northeast Missouri nonprofit organizations may feel like Santa arrived a little early after the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) recently announced a total of $384,773 in grants for regional medical providers.

The Scotland County Health Department was among the recent MFH grant recipients. The funding supports nonprofit organizations that work to improve the health of thousands of Missourians.

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

The Tigers Trail in Memphis was approved for a $9,993 grant through the MFH and the Scotland County Health Department. The grant will help improve access to the walking trail, located on the northeast corner of the Scotland County R-I School District campus.

The local mini-grant was made under MFH's Community Health and Prevention (CHP) funding program. The goal of CHP funding is to establish communities where good health, healthy behaviors, and the healthy choice are the norm.

MFH made a grant to each of the public health departments in its service area. These grants are intended to help purchase equipment and supplies to assist the departments in serving the health care needs of residents.

The Scotland County Health Department received a one-year, $25,000 grant as did the county health departments in Adair, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Pike, Ralls, Schuyler and Shelby counties.

Hospice of Northeast Missouri, received a $20,000 MFH grant. This funding will help the organization conduct strategic planning activities as part of MFH's Strategic Organizational Development (SOD) funding program, which supports specific, short-term interventions that help organizations and coalitions build capacity, improve operational efficiency and become more effective in improving Missourians' health.

Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) 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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