Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury awarded mini grants to five area organizations from the NVRH Community Health Fund. A community committee selected the Kingdom Recovery Center, Kingdom Child Care Connections at Umbrella, the Danville School, and two programs at the 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.
“We are excited to receive the funds,” said Diane Chadderdon, representing the Winter Wellness Committee at the Danville School. “These funds we will be able to keep our students active and healthy throughout this winter. “
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.