Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury awarded mini grants to four area organizations from the NVRH Community Health Fund. A community committee of twelve people selected Catamount Arts, Lyndon Town School, the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Task Force, and St. Johnsbury School as grant recipients for this year.
“We award grants for programs and services that address three health priority areas: obesity, poverty, and mental health or substance abuse,” said Laural Ruggles, VP Marketing and Community Health Improvement. The three health priority areas were determined by a community health needs assessment done by the hospital in 2012.
“Thank you to NVRH for recognizing and funding an amazing opportunity for girls at the St. Johnsbury School. I am so excited to be able to start the Girls On The Run program and work to create enough community support to sustain it over time. It will be such a great experience for the girls!” said Jen O’Farrell from the St. Johnsbury School when she heard news of the award.
The NVRH strategy for health supports a community building approach that goes beyond delivery of medical care to improving health and the quality of life for people in the communities we serve. Community building involves addressing the root cause of health problems such as poverty, as well as identifying and providing services and programs that directly influence health and quality of life.
“At NVRH we believe in partnering with community members and organizations with shared accountability to improve health and quality of life in the community,” said Paul Bengtson, CEO. “Making these small investments of financial support in existing community assets can go a long way to increase effectiveness and sustainability of programs and services.”
For more information about the NVRH Community Health Fund visit www.nvrh.org.