2019 Grant Awards

Community Grants Program 2019

The Community Grants Committee (Kara Cox, Katie Keeter, Dr. Robert Zipf, Sylvia Harriss, Shakeerah McCoy) recommended the following organizations receive grant funding for the fiscal year 2019. Foundation Board of Directors approved the recommendation on June 28, 2018.

Nash County EMS Community Paramedic Program - $150,000

The Community Paramedic Program along with the many partnerships that have been built aims to fill gaps in the ever changing health care system. Our goal is to impact patients who are at high risk for readmission, frequent EMS and emergency department utilizers and patients who frequently use the 911 system or ED. There was no program available to assist these patients with care management to prevent the cycle of over utilizing emergency services for non- emergent reasons.

Nash Community College (NCC) Professional Health Care Career Education - $75,000

Funds support the Health Sciences Program and will supplement funding for faculty development initiatives which promote current practice trends, effective instructional methodology, and enhanced student learning opportunities. This includes the maintenance of faculty accreditation requirements, simulation training and credentialing, and student review/remediation initiatives for program and licensure success. NCC will continue to provide excellent education and training programs for the development of professional healthcare workers.

Rocky Mount Family YMCA Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program - $20,000

The Y designed the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program to help adults with hypertension lower and manage their blood pressure. It focuses on regulated home self-monitoring of one’s blood pressure using proper measuring techniques, individualized support and nutrition education for better blood pressure management.

With the support from a trained Healthy Heart Ambassador, participants in the program will take and record their blood pressure at least two times per month, attend two personalized consultations a month with a Healthy Heart Ambassador, and attend monthly nutrition education seminars. For each participant, the blood pressure self-monitoring program will last 4 months from the date he or she enrolled.


HOPE Initiative - $20,000

The mission of the HOPE Initiative is to help individuals with Substance Use Disorders find treatment. As many of these individuals have no insurance or financial support to get into long term residential treatment facilities.

The program allows individuals to come to the Nashville Police Department, turn over any drugs and/or paraphernalia without fear of charges, and to start their recovery process. Options include IOP and short term or long term residential treatment. Another aspect of the program is to foster an effort to reduce the stigma and trepidation felt by patients seeking treatment.

OIC - Prescription Assistance Program - $10,000

Uninsured patients are illegible for Prescription Assistance Programs offered by various pharmaceutical companies as long as they provide the appropriate documentation required. We have onsite care coordinators who assist medical providers and patients with this service. Enrollment in these programs can take an average of three weeks. Patients who are newly diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension or other chronic diseases cannot afford to wait and need to begin medication as soon as possible. By offering assistance for medication co-pay, this bridges the gap until medications are able to be received through the Prescription Assistance Program.


Total Allocated:    $275,000