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More Than $1 Million in Grants Awarded to Support Health in the Mat-Su

Wasilla, AK— The Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) recently awarded five Healthy Impact Grants totaling $1,077,800 to support projects that improve the health and wellness of local residents. The grant recipients are: Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Agency of Alaska; Mat-Su Health Services; Meadow Lakes Community Development; Student Conservation Association; and, Sunshine Community Health Center.

“As stewards of one of the Mat-Su’s greatest assets, we strive to impact the community’s health across the vast geography of the borough,” said MSHF Executive Director Elizabeth Ripley. “We encourage grant applications that are collaborative in nature and offer creative ways to enhance the health and wellness of people in the Mat-Su.”

Healthy Impact Grants are awarded twice annually. This round of grant recipients and brief descriptions of their awards follows:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Agency of Alaska was awarded $405,000 over three years to provide chore services in-home for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia disorders and respite for the family members who care for them.
  • Mat-Su Health Services provides primary and behavioral health services to local residents who are uninsured and underinsured.  A grant of $330,300 over two years will help the organization migrate its community behavioral health center program away from its current limited billing system and paper-based medical records onto the electronic health record system it uses for its primary care services.
  • A grant of $96,500 to Meadow Lakes Community Development will help this all-volunteer organization construct a portion of the final phase of a six-phase master-planned community park/center. The funding will go towards construction of a softball field and tennis courts.
  • Student Conservation Association was awarded $110,000 over two years to support a Mat-Su Youth Trail Crew to expand access to the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge. Student Conservation Association provides young people service opportunities across the nation, and has recently focused on the Mat-Su; the 16 youth who serve on this crew will be local residents.
  • A grant of $136,000 to Sunshine Community Health Center will support the community health center with purchase and installation of new IT infrastructure to replace and supplement old and over-used equipment that supports its electronic health record system.

Healthy Impact grants are available to fund projects over $15,000 that improve the health and wellness of people living in the Mat-Su Borough.  The application period for the next round of these grants will open on November 17, 2014. Applications for the Target Wellness grant program (grants $15,000 and under) are accepted and awarded year-round. Full details about all of the foundation’s grant programs can be found at www.healthymatsu.org

About Mat-Su Health Foundation: Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) is the official business name of Valley Hospital Association, Inc., which shares ownership in Mat-Su Regional Medical Center.  In this capacity, the MSHF board members and representatives actively participate in the governance of Mat-Su’s community hospital and protect the community’s interest in this important healthcare institution through board oversight. The MSHF invests its assets into charitable works that improve the health and wellness of Alaskans living in Mat-Su.  More information is available at www.healthymatsu.org.

 

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