Williamsburg Health Foundation awards over $4.5 million in grants in 2016

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whf-png-contentThe Williamsburg Health Foundation has announced its final round of grants for 2016 which totaled more than one million dollars to 15 different organizations, according to a recent press release. 
With the final round of grants, the WHF has awarded more than $4.5 million in grants in 2016.
According to the WHF’s website, “The Foundation not only provides grants to improve the current and future health of our community but also convenes groups in the community to solve health challenges that cannot be addressed by one agency alone.” 
 WHF awarded grants to organizations that provide health services, behavioral treatment and intervention, education, healthcare, housing and shelter, human services, and food and nutrition services, the release stated.
“We are always pleased when our support helps long-term grantees continue to provide high-quality programs and services to those who need them,” WHF CEO and President Jeanne Zeidler said in the release. 
One new WHF grant pays for the purchasing neurofeedback equipment for the Child and Family Connection’s Neurofeedback Counseling Program, according to the release. The neurofeedback technique can serve as an alternative to medicine and the grant will make this form of therapy accessible to people without adequate health insurance.
WHF grant will also aid in diabetes prevention. The Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA will host a diabetes prevention program that is designed for adults with pre-diabetes.  The WHF grant will underwrite the program to make it accessible to more adults.
The press release stated that the final round of WHF 2016 grants will help fund access to healthy food, mental health services, increasing active living and connecting uninsured and under-insured patients to nurses for recommendations and referrals.  
“We use the World Health Organization’s definition of health as ‘a dynamic state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity,” said Zeidler.  “Working toward a healthier community is complex.  We are fortunate to have many organizations doing good work in and for our community.”