The Barry County Health Department was one of numerous non-profit agencies and organizations to receive grant funding from the Missouri Foundation of Health (MFH). MFH has awarded a total of $254,960 in grant funding this year.
On Nov. 9, MFH announced that several local grants are part of a $3.2 million round of funding recently approved by MFH's Board of Directors.
Public health departments that were awarded one-year, $25,000 grants will use the funding to purchase equipment and supplies to assist in serving the healthcare needs of residents.
Besides the Barry County Health Department, the latest round of grants awarded funding to the Barton, Cedar, Dade, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald and Newton county health departments and the Joplin City Health Department.
Ozark Center in Joplin received a $10,000 grant to establish an outdoor fitness and recreation space for youth with serious mental illness under MFH's Community Health and Prevention (CHP) funding program. CHP is designed to establish communities where good health, healthy behaviors and healthy choices are the norm.
Area Community Health Emissaries (ACHE) Inc., in Anderson received $19,960 for strategic planning activities to continue to serve patients' oral and medical care needs. The award was made under 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.
MFH is an independent philanthropic foundation dedicated to empowering Missourians to achieve equal access to quality health services. MFH grant funding supports non-profit organizations that work to improve the health of thousands of Missourians.
The foundation also provides 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.