Ministry Health Care announces grant allocations

Stevens Point, WI – The Ministry Health Care Fund was created in 1988 to provide grant opportunities to the communities served by Ministry Health Care. Through a needs assessment process, these grants provide solutions for a variety of unmet needs. Saint Michael’s Hospital/Ministry Medical Group locally granted $100,000 for the 2009-2010 grant cycle.

The criteria for receiving a Ministry Health Care Fund grant include: projects that provide affordable and accessible medical and dental care, programs for awareness and treatment of alcohol and other drug abuse, programs that provide services and treatment for people with mental health issues, projects that fight childhood obesity and programs that aim to improve health literacy.

Organizations receiving funds included the Medication Assistance Program (MAP) at Ministry Medical Group to support the MAP Site Advocate assistants; Ministry Dental Center for a Dental Assistant and support staff to allow for additional patient load; Portage County Literacy Council health literacy education which addresses low health literacy levels faced by low English proficiency and low literacy adults; AODA Coalition of Portage County to aid the fight against prescription drug abuse; Touched Twice Clinics which offers anyone the opportunity to see a physician, optometrist, or dentist, along with other services; and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Education for public education programs.

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