The Foundation For A Healthy High Point Announces Fourth Quarter Small Grant Awards And Fall 2021 Grant Awards
High Point, N.C. — The Foundation for a Healthy High Point—a private foundation that invests in the advancement of health and wellness for Greater High Point residents—approved a total of $1,179,425 to support local efforts focused on behavioral health, maternal and child health, food security, violence prevention, support services for the uninsured, and increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates.
“This year, we are excited to support and work with our Funded Partners as they take on several health and service delivery issues confronting our community,” said Curtis Holloman, executive director of the Foundation for a Healthy High Point. “These investments include a collaboration that will strengthen local efforts to respond to mental health needs, advocacy that will streamline our local mental health delivery system, and an effort that will demonstrate the use of Pallet Shelters.”
The approved grant recipients are:
• A Simple Gesture ($30,000) – Strengthen the local food system by expanding the No Child Hungry program, which builds a network of individuals and businesses that routinely donate food to support local food pantries and backpack programs. The organization will also open a new pantry dedicated to forthcoming Afghan refugee families.
• BackPack Beginnings ($100,000) – Provide capacity-building support for an expansion effort that will allow the organization to move into a larger space, purchase equipment, and hire new staff with the goals of serving more clients and providing wrap-around support services that help move families beyond their immediate food insecurity needs.
• Caring Services ($185,000) – Provide capacity building for expanding services and offering integrated care, including business planning to determine feasibility for an expansion campaign and a clinician to provide medication management services.
• Community Clinic of High Point ($122,849) – Support general operations and capacity building related to marketing and fundraising goals outlined in the Clinic’s strategic plan.
• Family Service of the Piedmont ($94,000) – Continue assistance for the Integrated Care Program, which provides care for vulnerable individuals by delivering integrated primary care and behavioral health services within the same facility.
• Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation ($67,394) – Serve as the strategic partner and project manager for the Foundation’s Healthy Minds initiative. The organization will provide consultation to participating organizations to implement best practice integrated care systems and identify opportunities for the collaborative to address policy/systems improvements that can remove barriers for behavioral health providers.
• Growing High Point ($45,000) – Expand the capacity of the organization to offer educational events/activities focused on the importance of healthy eating and healthy food choices in combatting obesity and other chronic diseases. Funding includes support for a part-time coordinator and an outdoor education center to host trainings, workshops, and community events.
• Guilford Adult Health ($60,000) – Continue support for integrated behavioral healthcare services at the Community Clinic of High Point and the Transitional Care Clinic. Funding will also support efforts to work with the City of High Point and Guilford Transit Authority to create a discounted pricing program for low-income individuals.
• Guilford County DHHS, Division of Public Health ($194,150) – Support the Guilford Family Connects program, a universal nurse home visitation program for all mothers of newborns living in Guilford County. Funding supports the program to have one nurse dedicated specifically to the 27260 and 27262 zip codes, where low birth weight and infant deaths are more concentrated.
• Guilford County DHHS, Division of Public Health ($26,000) – Provide capacity building for the JustTEENS clinic to offer integrated behavioral health services to clients. The clinic will establish a space for group therapy, upgrade the electronic medical record system to enable integrated services, provide staff training and program materials, and recruit a psychiatrist to provide medical supervision for current staff.
• High Point Public Library Foundation ($10,000) – Help build a sensory garden at the High Point Public Library that will provide a teaching and therapeutic area for the library and the community as a whole, with a range of educational and recreational applications.
• Mental Health Associates of the Triad ($135,000) – Rebrand and raise awareness about its services in the community and develop and launch a community-wide, collaborative communications campaign focused on decreasing the stigma related to mental health issues.
• Open Door Ministries ($49,512) – Purchase five semi-permanent transitional housing units, or Pallet Shelters, that will help the organization to expand the number of clients it can serve. It will be the first implementation of Pallet Shelters in North Carolina.
• The Children’s Law Center ($35,520) – Expand its reach in High Point and provide legal advocacy services to highly vulnerable children in domestic violence or custody situations. In addition to legal services, the organization works closely with children and families to ensure that children have access to basic needs and social services.
• YWCA High Point ($25,000) – Continue support for the VaxConnect program to decrease vaccine hesitancy among residents in the 27260 and 27262 zip codes and conduct an impact evaluation of the program.
In 2021, the Foundation funded 31 projects for a total of $1,524,149 in grant awards. Since its inception, the Foundation has approved more than $13 million to support the Greater High Point community.
The Foundation for a Healthy High Point was established in 2013. Its mission is to encourage, support, influence, and invest in efforts that improve health and wellness throughout the Greater High Point community, which includes High Point, Jamestown, Archdale and Trinity. For more information about the Foundation for a Healthy High Point, visit www.healthyhighpoint.org.