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The IU Health Foundation announced the funding of six projects in south central Indiana totaling $60,000. The grants were made through the Foundation’s new regional grants program, which supports health projects statewide while ensuring that dollars contributed locally fund local needs.
“Regional grants empower IU Health team members to improve the health of individuals, communities and our state,” said Crystal Hinson Miller, IU Health Foundation president and IU Health chief philanthropy officer. “The grants serve as a great example of the way the IU Health Foundation leverages the power of philanthropy to improve the health of Hoosiers.”
The awarded grants are:
IU Health Bedford Hospital:
• $7,500 for evidence-based programs to reduce tobacco use, low-activity levels and teen pregnancy in Lawrence County.
• $2,500 for the Look Good Feel Better program, which provides workshops and support for women in cancer treatment.
IU Health Bloomington Hospital:
• $15,000 to continue and expand the Coordinated School Health Support in Bloomington and its goal of improving students’ cognitive, physical, social and emotional development.
• $15,000 for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) training for nine emergency room nurses. More nurses with this specialized training will help victims and place SANE nurses in the emergency room 24 hours a day.
IU Health Morgan:
• $10,000 to expand Community Health Support in Eminence, located in rural Morgan County, through an existing partnership with Eminence Christian Church, Eminence Schools and IU Health Morgan. The grant will support health screenings, community education activities and healthy food on weekends for schoolchildren.
IU Health Paoli Hospital:
• $10,000 for community programs to reduce tobacco use, support injury prevention (such as child car-seat inspection and safe-sleep education) and implement wellness screenings to identify those at risk for diabetes, hypertension and coronary artery disease.
For information about how philanthropy supports south central Indiana communities, contact Diane Buzzell or visit iuhealthfoundation.org.