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The Foundation Announces Fall 2023 Grant Awards

The Foundation for a Healthy High Point, a private foundation that collaboratively engages the Greater High Point community to transform upstream social influences that impact health and well-being, today announced its Fall 2023 grant awards totaling $1,102,834. The local efforts will address access to care, behavioral health, food security, health promotion, immigrants and refugees, maternal and child health, violence prevention, workforce development, and youth-serving organizations.

“We are increasingly funding efforts in which multiple organizations come together around a shared vision and goals,” said Curtis Holloman, executive director of the Foundation for a Healthy High Point. “Collaboration is not easy work, but we know we have to work across silos and organizations to change the systems that impact our community’s health.”

Funding will support a variety of initiatives, including:

  • Collective impact efforts to increase access to healthy food and physical activity and increase collaboration among youth serving organizations
  • Advocacy for increased access to behavioral health services
  • Start-up funding for two new workforce development programs
  • Expanding health services for vulnerable populations, such as immigrants and refugees
  • General operating support for organizations that are addressing social determinants of health in the community.

The approved Fall 2023 grant recipients are:

Access to Care

  • Community Clinic of High Point ($103,720): Provides capacity building support to help implement an electronic medical records (EMR) system. Implementing an EMR will help the Clinic to have improved coordination of care with specialty/acute care providers and will streamline external communications with medical partners and pharmacies. Funding will support staff training, hardware/IT support, and digitizing all active charts.
  • Triad Health Project ($100,000): Triad Health Project seeks to expand its prevention services, including increased PrEP Care Program enrollment, increased engagement of black men and college-aged youth, and access to telehealth for HIV and Hepatitis C testing and treatment services. Funding supports the High Point office’s staff time and operating and outreach expenses.

Behavioral Health

  • Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation ($30,000): The Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation’s Center of Excellence for Integrated Care (COE) serves as the Foundation’s strategic partner and project manager for the Healthy Minds initiative by providing technical expertise for implementing evidence-based integrated care systems and opportunities for collective advocacy and collaboration. Funding continues to support staff time and program-related expenses.
  • Guilford Adult Health, Inc. ($80,000): Provides continued funding for a Behavioral Health Clinician who is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with medical specialization to provide integrated behavioral health services at High Point Medical Center and the Community Clinic of High Point. Services include immediate on-site counseling, coordination of care with patients’ primary care providers, and referrals to community resources. The Clinician educates patients on stress management and ineffective patterns of healthcare utilization and provides behavioral health and/or substance use diagnoses.

Food Security

  • A Simple Gesture ($50,000): A Simple Gesture will deepen its RePurpose perishable food recovery program in Greater High Point. Funding will assist with staff salaries, costs associated with an educational series, educational/ promotional materials for developing new relationships with businesses/families, and program supplies.
  • Greater High Point Food Alliance ($40,000): The Greater High Point Food Alliance serves as one of the lead agencies implementing The Duke Endowment’s Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas initiative in Guilford County.  Funding supports administrative expenses and capacity building for the organization to position it for growth and potential expansion.
  • Growing High Point ($70,000): Funding supports a variety of capacity building endeavors that will enable Growing High Point to increase its urban farming footprint, boost crop production, and ultimately support small business entrepreneurship and increase access to healthy food in the core city. The grant will be used for a mixture of operational costs including equipment, new lot development, and expenses associated with increasing mobile market use for EBT customers.

Health Promotion

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point ($50,000): Funding supports the start-up for the “Kids Cuisine 101” health promotion program, which focuses on promoting healthy eating and developing cooking skills. It will expand the organization’s capacity and support a part-time project coordinator, staff salaries, and program equipment/food/supplies.
  • Go Out For A Run (GO FAR) ($61,100): GO FAR focuses on empowering children through an innovative running program to achieve their goals and pursue healthy lifestyles. Funding will help to build the capacity of the organization through new staff positions and developing new programs and curriculum.

Immigrants & Refugees

  • FaithAction International ($30,000): FaithAction International works to advance the rights, resources, and well-being of individuals and families who are directly impacted by their immigrant and refugee experiences. Funding will enable FaithAction International to establish a physical presence in High Point and expand their case management services locally.  
  • The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) ($32,340): The Center for New North Carolinians (CNNC) is a university-based, research-informed service center with UNCG. CNNC helps immigrants and refugees to connect with and navigate healthcare and other existing resources through its Immigrant Health Access Project (IHAP). Funding will support CNNC to expand its services to our community and hire an additional community health worker for IHAP focused on Greater High Point.

Maternal and Child Health

  • Guilford County DHHS, Division of Public Health ($207,199): Funding provides continued support of the Guilford Family Connects program to fund personnel costs for the full-time Registered Nurse (RN) assigned to High Point. The RN conducts virtual visits with mothers of newborns within the first one to three weeks after birth. The visit includes a comprehensive and visual assessment of mother and baby.
  • Randolph Partnership for Children ($20,000): Funding will expand an evidence-based program to support parents and early childhood development specifically in Archdale and Trinity. The Basics is a nationally recognized program that promotes early childhood development and learning among infants and toddlers. The grant will support program supplies and staffing.

Violence Prevention

  • Children’s Law Center ($40,000): The Children’s Law Center continues to expand its reach in High Point, and work to raise awareness about its services among newly appointed judges. Funding supports the mental health of vulnerable children, helps address/prevent the outcomes of ACEs (adverse childhood events), and decreases the incidence of further violence. It will support staff salaries and program expenses.

Workforce Development

  • Children & Families First (Formerly Guilford Child Development) ($75,000): Children & Families First runs the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program that provides home visitation services for first-time, low-income mothers in High Point. This grant builds upon the NFP program by creating a career development and training program specifically for NFP clients. Funding will support a portion of program expenses, event/meeting supplies and expenses, and staff time to develop the program.
  • Community Housing Solutions of Guilford, Inc. ($40,000): Community Housing Solutions’ mission is to provide safe and affordable housing to low-income households. Funding will help to establish an internship program for the organization with the ultimate goals of expanding the capacity of the organization to meet growing demand; establishing a pipeline for hiring new Construction Leaders; creating a workforce and leadership development program for individuals living in the communities that CHS serves.

Youth

  • Operation Xcel ($38,475): Funding supports health and behavioral health enrichment activities through afterschool and summer programming in High Point. The goals of the enrichment programs are to promote educational achievement, increase awareness around health and safety issues, and develop social and emotional skills. The grant covers costs the state does not cover, including enrichment activities, student transportation, and program supplies.
  • YMCA of High Point, Inc. ($35,000): The YMCA plans to establish one of its national YMCA programs in High Point. The Y Readers summer learning loss program has been tested in over 100 communities with strong results related to mitigating learning loss and supporting students to be reading at grade level by third grade. The grant will support start-up funding for staff time, the upfront cost of technology equipment and supplies.

In addition to the 18 Impact Grants, the Foundation also funded three small grants including:

  • A Simple Gesture ($10,000): To provide refrigerators to High Point Schools as a part of the SHARE program.
  • Guilford Education Alliance ($10,000): To fund the High Point Schools Partnership to explore the feasibility of a collective impact approach and measurement systems across youth serving organizations.
  • United Way of Greater High Point ($10,000): To support its strategic planning process.

Last year, the Foundation funded 29 projects for $1,779,081 in new grant awards. Since its inception, the Foundation has approved nearly $17 million to support the Greater High Point community.

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