Health Foundation awards over $2 million to local organizations

Through its recent grant cycle, Health Foundation of South Florida has allocated $2,079,387 to help 31 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.

“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,” said Loreen Chant, Health Foundation of South Florida chair. “Achieving an outcome of improved population health is the focus of our grantmaking and partnerships.”

The following is a listing of Health Foundation’s recent grant recipients in 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 third-eighth grade children in 40 public schools;

Early Learning Coalition Miami-Dade/Monroe, $160,089 to implement an evidence-based physical activity program in 165 child care centers;

Elijah Network Family and Community Alliance, $30,000 to develop a community action plan to decrease infant mortality in the Princeton/Naranja area;

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;

Florida Impact, $99,846 to extend the reach of three federal nutrition assistance programs;

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;

House of Hope, $25,000 to upgrade computers and develop fundraising capabilities to increase organizational efficiency and effectiveness.

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 the-mile, waterfront walking and biking trail from Brickell to NE 17th Street;

Miami Downtown Development Authority, $10,000 to create a Complete Streets conceptual design for SE/SW First 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 healthcare;

U.S. Soccer Federation Foundation, $75,000 to expand an after-school sport-based youth development and physical activity program.

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.

For more information about Health Foundation of South Florida call 305-374-7200 or visit

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