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Community health grants available from Hospital Foundation

November 1, 2015
Reinbeck Courier

GRUNDY CENTER - Local non-profit organizations, health departments, and school districts are eligible to apply for Community Health Grants to be awarded by the Grundy County Memorial Hospital Foundation. The grants are available for new or existing projects that address specific health needs in the service area of Grundy County Memorial Hospital, which includes Grundy, Butler, Hardin and Tama county communities.

Grant requests should address at least one of four specific areas of community health, which include: improving access to health care, chronic disease management, disease prevention, and wellness, which is defined as activities designed to support healthy behaviors and to improve health outcomes.

In the first year of the grant program, funds have helped provide dental health education for all Grundy County kindergarten students, a series of nutrition classes for people with chronic disease, and health and nutrition education for at-risk families. "The hospital's Community Health Needs Assessment identified the four major areas that need to be addressed, and we're hopeful that the grant program will help stimulate creative ideas and programming," says Keely Harken, GCMH Foundation Development and Community Outreach manager.

Funds for the grant program were raised in the Vase Challenge portion of the GCMH Foundation's Fall Fling Luncheon & Style Show held last month. Grant requests are accepted year round, with the next deadline for grant review coming up on November 1.

Organizations may contact Harken for more information and grant application forms. Phone 319-824-4152 or email The hospital's website has additional information on grant qualifications and the review process.



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