Dedicated to empowering communities to create play spaces for children, KaBOOM! annually offers Playful City USA Certification to cities that submit applications attesting to their willingness and readiness to increase play opportunities in their communities. Funding from this three-year grant allows KaBOOM! to award 15 challenge grants of $10,000 each toward the purchase of playground equipment for low-income communities.
The Kansas University Endowment, the private fundraising arm of the University of Kansas, handles charitable contributions to the health clinic, which provides wide-ranging medical, mental health, and outreach services to uninsured low-income and minority residents of Wyandotte County. The clinic is using this two-year grant to bolster its operations and increase access to primary care.
The health and social services agency serves Asians, Pacific Islanders, and other immigrants living in Kalihi Valley. This three-year grant supports the demonstration phase of the “Return to Our Roots” project, which is designed to address the mental-health issues impacting the health of low-income, foreign-born residents facing language and cultural-transition challenges.
Headquartered in Oakland’s inner city, the federally qualified community health center provides primary medical, dental, and other health care services and education to low-income and minority residents, and serves outlying areas through 10 satellite and school-based clinics as well as three licensed pharmacies. This funding represents the final payment of a multiyear strategic-development planning grant and a challenge grant totaling $1,140,000.
The community-oriented nonprofit organization operates the Project Salud Health Center, which offers nurse-managed primary and prenatal health care to low-income, underserved residents of Chester County. This two-year grant supports services for workers in the southern part of the county who lack health insurance, workers’ compensation, and regular access to a health care provider.
Low-income, homeless, and underserved adults and children of south Orange County receive free medical, dental, and health-education services from the clinic. Faced with increasing numbers of patients who need assistance, the clinic is using this two-year grant from the Health Clinic Opportunity Fund to hire additional staff members. The fund is designed to bridge, build, and sustain the operations of high-performing community health centers serving diverse and vulnerable populations. It targeted free clinics, public health clinics, and designated federally qualified health center look-alikes to meet both the immediate and long-term health needs of their constituents. Priority was given to projects that leverage existing resources, create more effective operating systems, improve efficiencies, and expand and maintain access to health services for vulnerable populations.
The Lehigh Valley Health Network, comprising three hospitals and multiple community-based clinics, is spearheading the transition of electronic medical records from area care providers into a single, shared portal. Lehigh is using this three-year grant to create a streamlined data-sharing system for hospitals, community-health centers, and schools that will improve health care for at-risk children.
As a leading social-change institution, the foundation has addressed poverty, youth violence, education reform, and environmental justice while coordinating efforts to impact public policy. This two-year grant supports work on a collaborative project to establish an environmental-health land-use policy for the Los Angeles area that reduces pollution exposure and health risks while creating green enterprises.
Formed in 1999, Link Media owns and operates the nationwide broadcast channel Link TV and the Web site linktv.org, which provide a global perspective on international news, current events, and diverse culture. Funding enables a Link Media partner organization, YouthNoise, to develop a model for engaging youth as catalysts for social change around critical health issues.
The nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization provides inspiration, technical assistance, and networking to local elected officials and other dedicated community leaders who are working to create healthy, walkable, and resource-efficient communities. Funding allows 25 key community leaders from the nation’s port communities to attend the 2012 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in San Diego.