$10 million and counting

$10 million and counting

With its latest grant awards, Huntsville Hospital’s Jean Wessel Templeton Community Health Initiative has now provided more than $10 million to support local nonprofit agencies that are working to keep Madison County residents healthy.

This year’s 10 grant winners received a total of $500,000 to help improve lives through education, prevention and early detection of disease. The recipients are:

The ARC of Madison County, $16,500
CASA of Madison County, $50,000
Community Free Clinic, $100,000
Community Free Dental Clinic, $40,000
First Stop, $8,500
HEALS, $80,000
New Hope Children’s Clinic, $75,000
Rock Steady Boxing, $30,000
Village of Promise, $10,000
WellStone Behavioral Health, $90,000

Since its founding in 1996, the Community Health Initiative has awarded a total of $10.3 million in grant funding to 48 local nonprofit agencies.

The Community Free Clinic has been one of the biggest beneficiaries, receiving more than $1.75 million since 1999. Located a short walk from Huntsville Hospital, the clinic offers free medical care to homeless and uninsured residents. Much of that care is provided by volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners and other medical professionals from the hospital.

“We couldn’t do what we do without the Community Health Initiative,” said Angela Caires, DNP, RN, a nurse practitioner at the clinic. “The heart of our clinic is Huntsville Hospital, and the wonderful volunteers who show up night after night to serve the patients in our community.”

The Community Health Initiative is overseen by a volunteer committee representing a cross-section of the community. The committee is chaired by Beth Richardson, a member of the hospital’s governing board, the Health Care Authority.

The 2018-19 grant recipients were recognized during a June 21 ceremony at the Madison County Health Department.