Haywood Healthcare Foundation awards grants – Smoky Mountain News

Haywood Healthcare Foundation awards grants - Smoky Mountain News

The Haywood Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees voted at its June meeting to award $497,500 in grants for fiscal year 2022-23 to fulfill its mission to the following agencies to help them meet the healthcare needs in Haywood County:

REACH of Haywood County to provide support for a Community Educator to continue the delivery of its domestic violence and sexual assault youth education outreach program “Safe Date” provide supplies and healthy snacks to 7th and 8th graders in the “Safe Date” program. 

Child Medical Collaborative, Inc. to provide support for a full-time physician assistant to provide complete care for victims of child abuse or neglect in Haywood County.

Haywood Pathways Center, Inc. to provide support for the following:

Two full-time peer support specialists to provide support, guidance and advocacy to help residents cope with various issues inhibiting physical and mental health.

One full-time case manager to offer person-centered goal planning, resource referral, drug/alcohol screening and additional support to help residents overcome health issues and barriers to success, including effects of adverse childhood experiences.

Kiwanis Club of Waynesville to provide playground equipment specifically designed for children with special needs to replace, expand and improve the small playground that was severely damaged in the August 2021 flood.

Autism Society of North Carolina (Haywood) to expand the Haywood County Parent Resource Library from which families can request autism resources at no cost.

HRMC Nurse Navigator Program to assist Haywood County cancer patients with financial needs and transportation assistance so treatment can be provided in an efficient and timely manner.

First United Methodist Church Friendship House of Waynesville to provide various services to support Haywood County’s disproportionately impacted communities.

Southwestern Child Development Commission to provide support for the “Birth to Two” program for low-income mothers in Haywood County to teach them about growth and development of their babies and to provide continuing staff education.

Haywood County and Haywood County Recreation and Parks to provide support for a bike park for Haywood County residents including those with special needs.  Parks and access to outdoors are essential for physical and mental health.

Haywood County Health and Human Services to provide dental care to Haywood County indigent patients at a minimal cost.

Haywood Historic Farmers’ Market to continue and expand Haywood Mobile Market project (vendors donate unsold produce for delivery to Haywood County residents in need).

No Boundaries to provide support to assist with the medical equipment and supply loan closet, which will service more Haywood County individuals in need of medical equipment and supplies.

Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church to provide support for their new Health and Wellness Ministry program aimed at offering wellness programs, health resources coordination and promoting health advocacy in Haywood County.

Helping Hands of Haywood to help the “hidden” Haywood residents that are currently underserved, living without safe shelter or proper nutrition and without proper healthcare services.

Clothes to Kids of Haywood County to provide support for their “Bath Buddies” Program — a kit that includes bath soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrush, and for girls, feminine products.

Smoky Mountain Medical Society to provide continuing education to Haywood County medical providers with topics on chronic disease management.

HRMC Nutrition Counseling to provide nutrition services to Haywood County cancer patients who do not have insurance coverage for nutrition services while undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment.

Mountain Projects, Inc. to provide media outreach for the Certified Application Counselor program, which provides free in-person assistance to Haywood County residents looking to enroll in the Affordable Care Act.

Visit haywoodhealthcarefoundation.org or call 828.452.8343 for more information.

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