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American Lung Association

$4,000.00 - “Better Breathers Clubs” COPD Education

Early detection, lifestyle changes and proper chronic care management can help minimize the effects of COPD and limit hospitalizations. Through the “Better Breathers Club” program, the American Lung Association (ALA) will educate more than 120 hospital staff, lung disease patients and caregivers in three counties on topics such as the basics of COPD, treatment, behavior change and lifestyle and disease management.

American Red Cross of the Poconos

$6,488.00 - School-Based Emergency Preparedness Workshops

The American Red Cross of the Poconos will use Foundation funding to deliver school-based safety workshops to 500 4th and 5th graders in the East Stroudsburg Area School District during the 2011/12 school year. The 90-minute workshops will provide students with age-appropriate information and hands-on training on topics such as being home alone, emergency preparedness, first aid/pet first aid, home fires, lightning and thunderstorms, flooding, and how and when to contact the County’s 9-1-1 Center.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeastern PA

$5,000.00 - Kids in Control – Personal Safety Education

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania will partner with medical, legal and emergency management professionals to offer the “Kids in Control” Personal Safety Program to 100 youngsters, ages 6-to-11. The 12-lesson curriculum is designed to help Club members learn and practice the skills they need to be safe at the Club, at home and out in the community. The program will be offered at the main Club in Scranton, and at three of the Club's Luzerne County centers affiliated with low-income housing developments.

Burn Prevention Foundation

$5,500.00 - “The Great Escape” School-Based Education Program

"The Great Escape" is a school-based education program designed to instruct students on the importance of planning and practicing a home exit in case of fire. Foundation funds will be used to deliver the in-school program to 5th through 8th graders. The lesson plan provides audio and visual examples of how to create an escape plan; web-based and take-home materials are also shared with the students' families. Though the grant will help the Burn Prevention Foundation ultimately reach more than 43,000 students across 13 counties, outcome data for our grant will be collected by the Scranton and Hazleton Fire Departments from 475 students in Luzerne and Lackawanna County school districts.

Employment Opportunity and Training Center (EOTC) of NEPA

$5,595.00 - Parents as Teachers – Home Visiting Program

EOTC's Parents as Teachers (PAT) Program addresses the needs of at-risk families by delivering a home-based curriculum focused on improving parenting skills and early intervention. This Foundation grant will enable EOTC to serve 75 additional families through its Home Visiting Program in the coming year. Families will be visited by a PAT-certified educator two times per month. Sessions will include health and developmental screenings for all children, and coaching for parents on topics such as guided parent-child interaction, hygiene, appropriate parenting behavior, and home management skills.

Infant Development Program

$5,000.00 - Early Intervention Parent-Child Home Program

Infant Development Program's Early Intervention Parent-Child Home Program addresses the needs of at-risk families by providing home-based instruction. Home visits by a certified family services assistant include health and developmental evaluations for all children, and parenting education on the stages of healthy child development, nurturing skills, and coaching. Foundation funding will enable the program to add 30 hours of home visit time each week, serving 20 new families (no less than 40 individuals) in the coming year.

Northeast Regional Cancer Institute

$8,372.00 - Cancer Patient Navigation Program

The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute (NRCI) Cancer Patient Navigation Program aims to increase colon, breast and cervical cancer screenings and offer support from screening through diagnosis, treatment and after-care for 500 un/underinsured residents in three counties. NRCI will partner with six free and federally qualified health clinics to identify program participants and help them overcome barriers such as financial status, communication, transportation, and fear of the healthcare system.

Ruth’s Place House of Hope

$9,750.00 - Trauma Services for At-Risk Women

Ruth’s Place will use Foundation funding to provide on-site trauma services for 110 shelter residents. Individual and group services will be provided by a certified trauma specialist, and shelter staff will become trained to continue to manage a trauma support program for residents beyond the initial year of funding.

Tioga Dental Services

$9,900.00 - Dental Services for Un/Underinsured Children

Established in 2009 to serve low-income un/underinsured families, Tioga Dental Services (TDS) is the only facility in the northern tier that accepts patients of all ages on Medical Assistance. In the coming year, TDS will use Foundation funds to expand its pediatric preventive dental program to serve an additional 370 un/underinsured children under age 6 with high risk of dental caries.

United Way of Wyoming Valley

$5,000.00 - Behavioral Education for Childcare Providers

Foundation funding will enable the United Way of Wyoming Valley’s Success By 6 team to help early childhood educators meet the needs of the growing number of children with behavioral issues and mental health challenges in Head Start programs. Behavioral education will be offered to no less than 24 Head Start childcare providers at 12 sites across Luzerne County, all of which serve children identified as at-risk. The program includes three, two-hour sessions with a certified behavioral education specialist. In addition, an estimated 240 children enrolled at the sites will be evaluated for social and behavioral issues and intervention will be provided if needed.

Volunteers in Medicine

$10,000.00 - Diagnostic Services for the Un/Underinsured

The Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) Clinic serves the working uninsured of Luzerne County. VIM will use Foundation funding to provide medically-necessary diagnostic testing and lab services, such as X-rays, mammograms, ultrasounds, lipid panels, urinalysis and MRIs, to 475 patients in the coming year.

Women’s Resources of Monroe County, Inc.

$5,000.00 - Safety Planning for At-Risk Women

Foundation funding will be used to provide more than 300 hours of shelter advocate services to 54 women in the coming year. Each woman will prepare a safety plan for themselves and any children in their care, and will also be matched with other agencies as needed for ongoing health and support services.

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