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Health Foundations OK Grants Totaling $348K - The Business Journal


The Western Reserve Health Foundation and the Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation have approved grants totaling $348,605 to 10 area health initiatives.

During what’s termed the second grant cycle of the year, the Western Reserve Health Foundation awarded $282,108 and Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation $66,497.

The Western Reserve Health Foundation and Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation are affiliate funds of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley.

The largest grant from the Western Reserve Health Foundation was $99,660 to Fresh Coast Communities. It will leverage investments in Youngstown’s stormwater infrastructure by giving the city insight into the benefits of a green strategy for managing stormwater runoff. Additionally, Fresh Coast will use its Youngstown Green Infrastructure Plan process to consider and set priorities for the impact of future green infrastructure, a goal of Western Reserve Health Foundation.

Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley received a grant of $35,400 from the Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation to establish a Peer Recovery Program at St. Joseph Warren Hospital. This program, modeled after Anchor Recovery in Providence, R.I., links individuals  at the emergency department as the result of a drug overdose with specially trained and certified peer recovery coaches .

Additional grants from the Western Reserve Health Foundation are:

  • $5,000 to Boardman Township for the project Reinvigorate Market Street, a multimodal feasibility study intended to provide data in support of traffic lane reduction.
  • $12,500 to Economic Action Group for Downtown Better Block, a model for how urban planning and community engagement can create a healthy and vibrant downtown.
  • $40,000 to Mahoning County District Board of Health for its collaboration with the YWCA of Youngstown on The Coming H.O.M.E. Project (housing opportunities for mothers expecting).
  • $24,948 to Mercy Health Youngstown for an expansion to its Stepping Out Program, designed to improve health outcomes of those with limited access to fitness and recreation areas and activities.
  • $100,000 to Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. for improvements to the built environment and fitness programming at four Youngstown parks.
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