Salem Health announces $285,000 in community partnership grants for 2018

Each year, Salem Health invests in community initiatives that improve the overall health of the community by partnering with organizations that are meeting key health and well-being needs in unique ways.

The 2018 Salem Health Community Partnership Grants to be awarded total approximately $285,000. 

Grant funding encourages innovative collaboration and engagement among community organizations that share a common vision for better health and meet community health needs identified by Salem Health’s volunteer Board of Trustees. Current priorities for projects include obesity prevention, tobacco and substance use cessation and promoting early childhood health.

“These organizations have proven themselves to be committed to the health and well-being of the Mid-Willamette Valley,” says Sharon Heuer, Salem Health director of community benefits. “We’re excited to partner with them and support their worthwhile projects.”

The recipients of these grants are:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Marion and Polk Counties - $25,000 to support the Triple Play initiative, an initiative to encourage healthy and active lifestyles among youth.
  • Marion Polk Food Share - $25,000 to increase access to fruits, vegetables and nutrition education through innovative partnerships with community-supported agriculture and community health clinics.
  • Isaac’s Room - $41,000 to strengthen the holistic approach of IKE Quest and enable divested youth to build a foundation for greater success by establishing healthy patterns of behavior, reversing/reducing the effects of obesity and substance abuse and addiction, while enhancing physical, mental and spiritual health and wholeness.
  • Community Services Consortium - $50,000 to fund the CSC Youth and Community Garden, a new, community-based project in Independence designed to address the issue of obesity by providing experiential education opportunities to community members through gardening, nutrition education and promotion of active lifestyles.
  • Liberty House - $50,000 to establish a new and critically-needed medical evaluation service for children in Polk County who are referred to Liberty House with concerns of physical or sexual abuse or neglect.
  • Options Family Counseling - $44,418 to increase access to substance use disorder treatment in Marion and Polk counties in collaboration with Bridgeway Recovery Services.

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