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Mat-Su Health Foundation Announces Grants



Wasilla, AK-The Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) announced its first and
second quarter Healthy Impact grant awards to qualified nonprofits
serving Mat-Su residents. Nine organizations received a total of
$845,195 for projects that help build and provide opportunities for
healthy lifestyles in the Mat-Su Borough. A complete list of Spring
2010 grant awards is attached to this release.

The Foundation board's only multi-year grant this cycle was awarded to
the Co-Occurring Disorders Institute (Co-DI) to pilot the Strengthening
Families curriculum as part of their new Family Resource Center
expansion. Co-DI specializes in evidence-based treatments for
behavioral health and co-occurring disordered individuals and families
and successfully manages the Bring/Keep the Kids Home project for the
State. This $268,000 grant will fund this evidenced-based program is to
assist the whole family unit with life skills, communication, behavior
difficulties, and substance abuse issues.

The MSHF Board also authorized $150,000 to The Children's Place to
expand its existing facility in Wasilla to house two new Child Abuse
Unit Officers from the Alaska State Troopers and provide temporary space
for the Office of Children's Services (OCS) workers. Nationally, the
model of having all service providers onsite for children in crisis is
considered optimal. By having AST Child Abuse Officers staffed at The
Children's Place and office space available for OCS, response time to
this fragile population is markedly improved. The Children's Place
allows agencies to come together in an integrated and safe manner to
address child abuse and neglect situations.

Other MSHF grant awards included a $125,000 grant to the Mat-Su
Borough's Sutton Community Resource Center for construction of a new
resource center/library in Sutton; $84,400 to the Links Parent Resource
Center for operations; $75,000 to the Chickaloon Traditional Native
Village to complete construction of a Commercial Kitchen/Meeting
Facility for a Chickaloon/Sutton Elder Nutrition Program; $50,000 to the
Covenant House to assist with their Nurse Practitioner costs; $47,795 to
the Palmer Hockey Association to make ADA-compliant building access
improvements to the Palmer Ice Arena; $25,000 to Mat-Su Services for
Children and Adults to purchase a new computer-based phone system for
their organization; and $20,000 to the HeartReach Pregnancy Center to
pilot their new Fatherhood Initiative program.

Deborah Prator, Chair of MSHF, explains, "These small grants will go a
long way to assist Mat-Su nonprofits in delivering vital programs to
Mat-Su residents. From meals for seniors to training and resources for
parents of special needs children to requisite infrastructure to conduct
operations, these grantees will stretch and in some cases leverage
these dollars to assist our community members in need. We're grateful
for their partnership."

The MSHF offers Healthy Impact and Target Wellness grant programs in
order to improve the health and wellness of Alaskans living in Mat-Su.
The foundation awards Healthy Impact Grants, any request over $15,000,
twice a year. The next MSHF Healthy Impact Grant award cycle commenced
on April 19, 2010 and Project Pitches for this award cycle were due in
the MSHF office by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 28, 2010. Target Wellness
grant proposals $15,000 and under are welcomed throughout the year, and
decisions and distributions are usually made within 30 days. Healthy
Impact and Target Wellness grant awards must meet MSHF grant guidelines.
For more information about any of the MSHF grant programs and
application procedures, prospective grantees can go to
www.matsuhealthfoundation.org <http://www.matsuhealthfoundation.org/> .

The Mat-Su Health Foundation 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.


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