Health Foundation Awards More Than One Million Dollars To Local Organizations

Health Foundation of South Florida’s Board of Directors approved $1,165,370 for grants focused on improving health for residents in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. The grants, which range from $28,000 to $105,000, were awarded to twenty local, nonprofit health-related organizations.


According to Health Foundation of South Florida Chairman Richard Lavina, “Supporting the essential efforts of nonprofits that are making an impact on improving the health of underserved individuals and families is at the core our mission.” He added, “Through our working relationships and collaborative efforts, we strive to ensure that South Florida residents have access to quality health care and healthy communities.”


In Miami-Dade County, grants were awarded to: Banyan Community Health Center, $60,000 to implement an Electronic Health Record system for primary care services; Better Way of Miami , $75,000 to implement an Electronic Health Record system for behavioral health care services; Carrfour Supportive Housing, $28,800 for a healthy food hub connecting food producers to consumers; Dade- County Dental Research Clinic, $50,000 for oral health specialty care diagnostic equipment; Miami Beach Education Foundation, $62,000 to provide health services for students at three schools; Miami-Dade County Health Department, $55,000 to operate a mobile dental van to provide services to children in South Dade County; Psychosocial Rehabilitation Center, $50,000 to renovate and purchase equipment for a commercial-sized kitchen at a new center for persons with mental illness; Quit Doc Research and Education Foundation, $40,000 for an interactive video-based smoking cessation program; South Florida Jail Ministries, $75,000 to establish an integrated behavioral health and  primary care Electronic Health Record system.


In Broward County: Alliance for a Healthier Generation, $105,620 to provide technical assistance to Broward County schools to create healthy  environments; Broward Education Foundation, $31,500 for an integrated school garden nutrition program in 10 public schools; Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center, $100,000 to provide oral health services to 700 children and adolescents with special health needs; Florida Impact, $46,000 to increase participation in the Federal after-school meal program; Henderson Behavioral Health, $100,000 for a health home program for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness; Nova Southeastern University , $32,000 to document experiences of patients within medical homes and use this information to improve care; United Way of Broward County, $20,000 to plan a multi-agency effort to offer prevention and/or early intervention assistance to individuals at risk for substance abuse; YMCA of Broward County, $74,700 to incorporate community assessment and community planning best practices into multiple Broward-based health initiatives.


In Monroe County, a grant was awarded to: Florida Keys Area Health Education Center Program, $49,750 to provide technical assistance to Monroe County schools in establishing healthy school environments.


Serving Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, Switchboard of Miami was awarded $60,000 for technology and capacity enhancements to better provide immediate trilingual health and social services assistance and referrals via telephone for an estimated 140,000 adults, youth and families.


In Miami-Dade and Broward, a grant was awarded to: YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade , $50,000 to increase access to breast and cervical cancer screenings for low-income women.


Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grantmaking organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.   Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $100 million in grants and program support. For information, please call 305.374.7200 or visit the Web site,

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