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The combined impact of the funding is expected to reach and improve health for thousands of residents.

MIAMI, FL – Through its recent grant cycle, Health Foundation of South Florida has allocated $2,079,387 to help 31 local nonprofit organizations accomplish projects intended to improve the health and well-being of residents and communities within Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.
Using a competitive application process, Health Foundation of South Florida has two annual grant cycles. The grants expand the Foundation’s support to a broad range of health-related organizations proposing meaningful and charitable projects that fit within its priority areas, which include behavioral health, healthy eating active communities, preventive health measures, primary care and other community health needs.
According to Health Foundation of South Florida Chairwoman Loreen Chant, “Ensuring access to quality health services and building environments to encourage healthy lifestyles where people live, learn, work and play is key to advancing health.” She added, “Achieving an outcome of improved population health is the focus of our grantmaking and partnerships.”
The following is a listing by county of Health Foundation’s recent grant recipients. For more information on the grants, please visit the website, www.hfsf.org

Miami-Dade County:

  • Citrus Health Network, $100,000 to pilot The National Committee for Quality Assurance’s new standards incorporating primary/preventive medical care for persons with serious mental illness receiving psychiatric services;
  • Common Threads, $80,000 to implement a nutrition education program targeting 3rd-8th grade children in 40 public schools;
  • Elijah Network Family and Community Alliance, $30,000 to develop a community action plan to decrease infant mortality in the Princeton/Naranja area;
  • Florida International University Foundation, $30,000 for computer software that will integrate multiple databases and improve clinical performance standards and patient population outcomes, with an emphasis on patients served by both behavioral health and primary care staff;
  • Florida International University Foundation, $90,000 for school-based outreach to identify healthcare problems in Liberty City and link individuals in need of services with healthcare providers;
  • Jessie Trice Community Health Center, $108,000 to launch an institution-wide colon cancer screening and follow up initiative;
  • Latinos Salud, $160,000 to implement an HIV evidence-based risk reduction program;
  • Miami Beach Community Health Center, $85,532 to increase access to primary and dental care by developing integrated family practice and dental services in the clinic’s shared waiting room;
  • Miami Children’s Health System Foundation, $50,000 to enhance the skills of general dentists in the community serving the Medicaid population and establish a network of these dentists to provide pediatric oral health screenings and treatments;
  • Miami Dade College Foundation, $55,604 to develop and offer a Certification of Education Program to child care center providers in 40 sites integrating nutrition and physical activity into professional development;
  • Miami Downtown Development Authority, $25,000 to develop, design and implement a plan for a 3-mile, waterfront walking and biking trail from Brickell to NE 17th;
  • Miami Downtown Development Authority, $10,000 to create a Complete Streets conceptual design for SE/SW 1st Street in Downtown Miami;
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida, $80,000 to increase physical activity, nutrition and healthcare access by redeveloping the 79th Street Corridor;
  • Opa-locka Community Development Corporation, $11,000 to support the installation of exercise equipment at Magnolia North Park;
  • Psycho-social Rehabilitation Center, $45,000 to upgrade equipment to use with a newly established electronic records system;
  • Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency, $75,000 to install playground equipment and shade structures in Town Park North, a low-income housing development in Overtown;
  • SSJ Health Foundation, $28,816 to train volunteers to assist at the free clinic;
  • Sundari Foundation, $100,000 to increase access to medical and behavioral health services for homeless women and children;
  • The Center for Family and Child Enrichment, $80,000 to support the purchase and implementation of an electronic health record system for behavioral health care;
  • University of Miami, $150,000 to form a network between the school and community health organizations so that providers can implement evidence-based models and enhance the quality of services provided;
  • Voices for Children Foundation, $40,000 to transition members on the social media site into donors and or volunteers for the Guardian ad litem program.

Broward County:

  • Children’s Harbor, $48,500 to implement an evidence-based behavioral health model and electronic health records system to better serve children at risk for child abuse, neglect and abandonment;
  • Henderson Behavioral Health, $100,000 to provide support for a new, unified, agency wide phone system;
    Itrace Foundation, $20,000 for an evidence-based physical activity program for children ages 3-5 in five preschools with developmental delays;
  • Need To Feed, $20,000 for a mobile farmers market to increase access to affordable, fresh produce in food desert communities.

Monroe County:

  • Florida Department of Health Monroe County, $65,000 to advocate for policy, system and environmental changes leading to increased physical activity opportunities for adults (46+).

Grants impacting Miami-Dade and Broward Counties:
Florida Impact, $99,846 to extend the reach of three federal nutrition assistance programs;
U.S. Soccer Federation Foundation, $75,000 to expand an after-school sport-based youth development and physical activity program.

A grant benefitting Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties:
Early Learning Coalition Miami-Dade/Monroe, $160,089 to implement an evidence-based physical activity program in 165 child care centers.

Grants supporting programs in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties:

  • Faith Farm Ministries, $32,000 to improve food service capacity through the upgrade of commercial grade kitchen equipment and storage, and create healthier menu options;
  • House of Hope, $25,000 to upgrade computers and develop fundraising capabilities to increase organizational efficiency and effectiveness.

For additional information about Health Foundation of South Florida or its grantee partners, please contact Health Foundation at 305.374.9199.