2019-20 Community Health Initiative grant winners announced

The Jean Wessel Templeton Community Health Initiative (CHI), a Huntsville Hospital outreach program that helps local non-profit organizations by awarding grants for health care programs, today presented 10 grants totaling $500,000.

The goal of the CHI program is to improve the health of Madison County residents through education, prevention and early detection of disease. Each year, the CHI committee, comprised of volunteers appointed by the Health Care Authority of the City of Huntsville, encourages local organizations with new or innovative programs to apply for funds and decides how to allocate available grant monies. CHI has awarded more than $10.5 million to 47 different non-profit organizations since 1996.

This year’s Jean Wessel Templeton Community Health Initiative grant recipients are:

  • The Arc of Madison County – To provide gap coverage for health needs within the disabled population;
  • CASA of Madison County – To support the Safety Net program, which allows aging and homebound seniors to age in place safely;
  • Community Free Clinic – To continue providing medical care to uninsured residents of Madison County;
  • Community Free Dental Clinic – To continue providing free dental care to low-income, uninsured adults in Madison County;
  • First Stop – To provide first-aid, dental and optical needs to unsheltered and underserved individuals in Madison County;
  • HEALS – To provide medical, dental and optometry care to underserved children at Huntsville schools;
  • New Hope Children’s Clinic – To provide access to affordable and comprehensive health care to children in southeast Madison County;
  • Rock Steady Boxing (community outreach program of Huntsville-Madison County Senior Center) – To support a non-contact boxing program that has proven clinically effective in delaying the progression of Parkinson’s disease
  • Village of Promise – To support the Infant University program for at-risk children;
  • WellStone Behavioral Health – To expand behavioral health outpatient services to clients ages 3 to 18 at local schools.

2019 20 CHI grant recipients