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SEARHC lists Community Transformation Grant sub-awards

SITKA, June 15, 2012 — The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Community Transformation Grant program will make eight sub-award grants worth $134,000 to community groups in Southeast Alaska interested in improving the health of their communities.

A total of 32 applications from various community groups around the region were submitted by the June 1 deadline. Last week, a six-member review board comprised of SEARHC, Alaska Department of Health and Human Services and rural community representatives completed the difficult task of reviewing and scoring the applications.

“All of the applicants had great ideas and clearly wanted to improve the health of their communities,” SEARHC Community Transformation Grant Program Manager Martha Pearson said.

According to the funding objectives, projects should be policy-driven and have a well-planned strategy to address at least one of the three focus issues — tobacco-free living; active living and healthy eating; and high-impact quality clinical and other preventive services to prevent and control high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Sub-award grants ranging from $5,000 to $24,750 were available. The applications that showed definite links to sustainable policies, such as school curricula and institutional meal guidelines, were scored the highest.

The SEARHC Community Transformation Grant sub-award winners for Fiscal Year 2012 are:

  • Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition will advocate for worksite breastfeeding policy in Juneau.
  • Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC) will integrate a new physical activity curriculum for Head Start programs across the region.
  • Haines Community Garden will develop ways to supply senior center meal programs with fresh vegetables from the garden.
  • SEARHC WISEFAMILIES Through Customary and Traditional Knowledge Program will develop food safety policies for the Kake Culture Camp and the general community of Kake.
  • SEARHC Community Nutrition will address policy barriers to elders accessing local and traditional foods in Haines, Klukwan and Prince of Wales Island communities.
  • Southeast Island School District will develop its school nutrition curricula around fruits and vegetables while strengthening a sustainable fruit tree initiative in Coffman Cove.
  • Sitka Conservation Society will strengthen its existing “Fish to Schools” program and “Stream to Plate” curriculum in Sitka, while working on expanding the programs to other schools in the region.
  • XKKF (Xaadas Kil_Kuyaas Foundation) will develop wellness policies in Hydaburg through culture camp guidelines and a traditional canoe curriculum.

A second round of applications for Fiscal Year 2013 will be solicited in the early fall. If funding allows, SEARHC expects to offer the chance to apply for sub-awards every year until 2016. For more information, contact Martha Pearson at 966-8783 or martha.pearson@searhc.org.

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