Dean & St. Mary’s announce recipients of health program grants

Dean & St. Mary’s announce recipients of health program grants

Dean and St. Mary’s announced Thursday the four organizations selected as part of their grant program designed to benefit the overall health of area communities.

The Helping Dane County to be Healthy grant recipients will partner with Dean Clinic and St. Mary’s Hospital on at least one of three identified community health priorities, according to a release. The health priorities were identified using community health data and feedback.

The health priorities are mental health, chronic disease and maternal child health.

A panel reviewed 24 proposals and selected Second Harvest Food Bank, the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, Catholic Charities and the Rebalanced Life Wellness Association to receive grants.

Second Harvest Food Bank will receive — $45,000

Funding will benefit the Diabetes Wellness Program, a nine-month effort that will help at least 200 people better control their disease. The program includes distribution of food boxes especially packaged for those coping with diabetes. Second Harvest plans to expand the program into Rock and Sauk counties during the program’s second and third years of operation.

Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation — $45,000

The grant will support an in-home smoking cessation program for pregnant women that will continue six months after they deliver their babies, as well as provide services for adults in their support networks. The program will also be available to Rock and Sauk counties in its second and third years.

Catholic Charities — $30,000

Focusing on youth suicide prevention in Wisconsin, the grant will fund a program to bring mental health services to rural school-age children in Deerfield and Marshall.

Rebalanced Life Wellness Association — $30,000

By funding mentorship and education, the grant will help high-risk African-American men increase their physical activity, learn about healthy eating and nutrition and promote volunteerism and social support.

“We know that improving the health of our communities takes the help of many,” said Damond Boatwright, regional president of hospital operations. “We are proud to partner with these organizations and are excited to see the difference we can make together.”