Thursday, January 20, 2022

Williamsburg Health Foundation awards $3 million in community grants

The Williamsburg Health Foundation has awarded more than $3 million in grants for various aspects of health care in the community.

The new round of grant funding comes after the foundation unrestricted millions of dollars in already-awarded grants in April which allowed organizations to redirect their operations as needed.

“We have been working closely with our grantee partners to make sure they have what they need during this crisis,” said Allison Brody, director of community engagement. “They tell us the best thing we can do for them in both the short-and long-term is to provide consistent and transparent grant making.”

Carol Sale, the foundation’s president and chief executive officer, said  even when there isn’t a health emergency, the Williamsburg Health Foundation works in various ways to help the health of the community.

“Our grants remain consistent with our vision of individuals making healthy choices in a community with health opportunity for all,” Sale said.

She said the foundation has seen clinical staff meeting with patients in parking lots when needed or being innovative with their services. For example, the Arc of Greater Williamsburg repurposed their transportation vans to be used to collect and deliver food throughout the community.

As a result, the foundation’s Board of Trustees approved $3,453,500 in grants on June 1. The money will contribute to the already $89 million in grants the foundation has given to the community since it started in 1996.

In the first round of grants, the foundation awarded $575,000 toward behavioral health care, $850,000 for advanced primary care and chronic disease management, $133,500 for medication access, $697,000 for school-based wellness and $720,000 to two-generational family-centered services.

For more information, visit the Williamsburg Health Foundation online.

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Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at alexa@localvoicemedia.com.

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