$8,601.00 - Asthma Care Package Program
The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania will distribute 235 Asthma Care Packages to un/underinsured asthmatic children and adults across five counties (Lackawanna, Luzerne, Tioga, Wayne and Wyoming) who have been newly diagnosed with the disease. The packages will contain educational materials and supplies to help patients effectively manage their asthma and reduce the need for unplanned emergency room or doctor visits.
$10,000.00 - Healthy Smiles, Happy Kids Mobile Dental Van
The Healthy Smiles, Happy Kids Mobile Dental Van will purchase the supplies necessary to prevent, diagnose, and treat dental disease in 225 un/uninsured children through onsite visits to Carbon County schools.
$6,050.00 - Medical Professionals Education Initiative
Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA will use Foundation funding to deliver the Medical Professionals Education Initiative to educate local medical professionals and healthcare students about the signs, symptoms, and behaviors of child abuse. Eight training sessions and educational presentations will be delivered to no less than 420 medical professionals and students in the coming year.
$7,750.00 - Clinton County Community Dental Clinic
The Clinton County Community Dental Clinic provides free or low-cost dental services and oral hygiene education to un/underinsured individuals throughout Clinton County. Since 2009, the Clinic has provided dental exams, cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatments, and preventive and restorative services to more than 2,800 un/underinsured children and adults. With this grant, the Clinic will expand the hours of a dentist and dental hygienist to serve 100 new un/underinsured adults currently on the Clinic’s waiting list.
$5,000.00 - Transportation Assistance for Older Adults
Diakon’s Transportation Assistance for Older Adults program provides door-to-door transportation services to help older adults who live independently continue to meet their basic health needs. Diakon volunteers transport seniors to medical appointments to ensure they maintain medical compliance, and they help with shopping for groceries to ensure nutrition needs are met. With Foundation funding, 74 older adults in Lower Luzerne and Carbon Counties will continue to receive transportation assistance in the coming year.
$6,731.00 - Speech-Language-Hearing Screenings for Monroe County Head Start
The East Stroudsburg University Speech and Hearing Center will conduct speech-language-hearing screenings for 276 preschool children and their younger siblings at six Monroe County Head Start Centers and the Annual Head Start Health Fair in Monroe County.
$7,940.00 - Dental Services for the Uninsured
The Dental Unit of Barnes-Kasson (B-K) Hospital’s Family Health Clinic is located in a designated dental health professional shortage area, and is the only facility within 100 miles that accepts patients of all ages on Medical Assistance. B-K's Dental Unit recently experienced an increased demand for services among limited-income, un/underinsured patients. With this grant, the Dental Unit will expand staff time and purchase the supplies needed to provide preventive and restorative dental health services to 85 un/underinsured children and adults in the coming year.
$4,561.00 - Adult Day Care Healthy Lifestyle Program
In collaboration with the Greater Scranton YMCA, Goodwill Industries of NEPA will provide specialized exercise sessions to 20 adults with developmental disabilities in the agency’s Day Care Program. The sessions will focus on movements that help increase cardio/respiratory endurance, muscle strength, balance and flexibility. Goodwill staff will also introduce food journaling into the program’s healthy eating sessions to increase the use of fruits and vegetables in participants’ diets.
$10,000.00 - In the Cardiac Direction
In the Cardiac Direction is a comprehensive, individualized exercise and nutrition program designed to improve cardiovascular health for at-risk individuals under the supervision of a registered nurse, dietician and personal trainer. Following an individualized plan, program participants commit to exercising 2 to 3 times per week, as well as meeting with a registered nurse once per week. With Foundation funding, the Greater Carbondale YMCA will expand the program to include 14 un/underinsured limited-income individuals who otherwise would be unable to participate.
$10,200.00 - THRIVE – Cancer Wellness Program
The Greater Pittston YMCA will partner with Northeast Regional Cancer Institute and the Center for Cancer Wellness, Candy’s Place, to offer THRIVE, an individualized exercise and nutrition program for patients facing cancer treatment and recovery. The Foundation’s grant will make the program available to 20 low-income individuals identified by local health care professionals who would not otherwise be able to participate.
$7,200.00 - C.A.T.C.H. After School Program
C.A.T.C.H., which stands for “Coordinated Approach To Child Health,” is an anti-obesity curriculum for youngsters that has been adopted by YMCAs across the U.S. with great results. The Greater Scranton YMCA will use Foundation funds to offer the curriculum during its after school program to 55 limited-income, physically at-risk children, grades K through 6, ensuring that each child participates in at least 45 minutes of daily physical activity and weekly nutrition education sessions for 35 weeks.
$5,800.00 - Vision Loss Screenings and Education for Older Adults
The Greater Wilkes-Barre Association for the Blind will provide free eye health education sessions and vision screenings to 360 older adults at 18 senior centers across four counties. Education topics include low vision, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration. Screened participants identified as requiring intervention will receive follow-up care at no cost through the Blind Association’s Gift of Sight program.
$12,589.00 - Marywood Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic
The Marywood University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic will provide free speech, language and audiology screenings for 350 pre-school children at 14 Head Start Centers across Lackawanna County in the coming year. Participants identified with early hearing loss and/or speech-language delays will be referred for follow-up services. In addition, 15 Head Start teachers will be trained to recognize speech, language and hearing delays and learn how to incorporate exercises into classroom activities to stimulate speech-language skills.
$5,000.00 - Nurse-Family Partnership of Bradford County
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is a national, research-based nurse visitation program that provides health education and screenings, counseling, life skills training and other prenatal intervention to low-income expectant women or new mothers and their babies. Weekly visits by an RN ensure a safe, healthy pregnancy for at-risk moms, healthy birth weight deliveries, and quality care-giving during the first two years after birth. Foundation funding will help the program complete visitations to 52 low-income mothers in Bradford County in the coming year.
$11,026.00 - Hearing Screenings for Head Start Participants
The Misericordia University Speech-Language and Hearing Center will conduct hearing screenings for 300 preschool children onsite at 10 Head Start Centers in Luzerne County.
$3,100.00 - Senior Training, Outreach and Prevention (STOP) Elder Abuse Project
North Penn Legal Services (NPLS) has created the S.T.O.P (Senior Training, Outreach and Prevention) Elder Abuse Project to educate no less than 250 seniors and caregivers on the signs of elder abuse. NPLS will conduct eight free workshops at targeted senior centers and assisted living centers across Luzerne and Wyoming Counties in the coming year. Topics include the signs of physical and psychological abuse, and what to do if abuse is suspected. Any program participant identified as at-risk for abuse will receive intervention and follow up from NPLS staff as appropriate.
$5,000.00 - Colorectal Cancer Screening Project
The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute will provide colorectal cancer screening test kits and individualized telephone education to un/underinsured, at-risk individuals, with the goal of helping 80 participants to complete the screening process. Participants will also be connected to a medical home for continued preventive services.
$9,996.00 - Home Service and Medical Care Coordination Program
Pennsylvania Elks Major Projects, Inc. nurses will visit the homes of 200 children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities to provide health education and medical care coordination services.
$10,000.00 - Bridges Out of Poverty Program
Pocono Alliance’s Bridges Out of Poverty program is designed to help families in poverty make a permanent shift to a stable, healthy future through education, parent/child mentoring and systemic changes. As part of the program, identified families complete an intensive 22-week training module called “Getting Ahead.” By the final week, participants have created a life plan with achievable goals to overcome the barriers to self-sufficiency and are matched with community mentors for ongoing support. With Foundation funding, 15 Monroe County families will participate in Getting Ahead training in the coming year.
$10,300.00 - C.A.T.C.H. After School Program
Pocono Family YMCA will expand its C.A.T.C.H. (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) initiative to include 240 additional physically and/or financially at-risk children in its after-school, preschool, community, and summer programs. The children (preschool – 8th grade) will engage in evidence-based nutrition education and physical activity.
$9,919.00 - Head Start Screening Program
Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency (SLHDA) will use Foundation funding to support a lead and anemia screening program for pre-school children at 30 Head Start Centers across four counties. An estimated 1,200 low-income youngsters will be screened in the coming year, and participants identified with elevated lead levels and/or anemia will be referred for intervention.
$4,924.00 - Nurse-Family Partnership Program
Nurse-Family Partnership is a national, research-based nurse visitation program that provides health education and screenings, counseling, life skills training and other prenatal intervention to low-income expectant women or new mothers and their babies. Weekly visits by an RN ensure a safe, healthy pregnancy, healthy birth weight deliveries, and quality care-giving during the first two years after birth. Foundation funding will help the program purchase the materials and kits needed to complete developmental screenings for 125 babies in Lycoming County in the coming year.
$10,000.00 - Dental Services for the Uninsured
The Wright Center Medical Group provides primary care services at its three safety net locations to approximately 10,000 at-risk individuals each year. With the help of a PA Department of Health grant, a dental center will open this October in the Medical Group’s Jermyn clinic to address the gap in oral health services available to underserved individuals from the immediate Mid Valley community and points north/northeast. Foundation funding will help purchase a start-up inventory of dental supplies to serve 600 un/underinsured children and adults in the coming year.
$3,660.00 - Medication Safety Education for Older Adults
Trehab will provide Medication Safety Education for Older Adults at no cost to approximately 300 seniors and 50 caregivers at 12 senior centers and nursing homes across Susquehanna County. Workshops will address topics such as: safe and appropriate medication practices (i.e., not keeping outdated prescriptions, not sharing medications, and having all prescriptions filled at a single pharmacy), recognizing and managing common side effects, and how to reduce or avoid medication errors. The program will also address the dangers of mixing prescriptions and alcohol use.
$5,968.00 - Expect Respect – School-Based Prevention Education
Victims’ Intervention Program will use Foundation funding to deliver Expect Respect, a healthy relationships curriculum, to 8th and 9th graders in Wayne and Pike Counties during the 2013/14 school year. Trained counselors will conduct nine presentations for approximately 561 students on topics such as bullying, sexual harassment, dating abuse, and leadership skills. In addition, 250 of these students will be selected to participate in Expect Respect’s Safe Teen Leadership curriculum, which uses service learning to empower students to become role models in their schools to help prevent violence, sexual harassment and bullying.
$10,000.00 - Volunteers in Medicine Dental Clinic for the Uninsured
Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) provides health care services each year to approximately 2,500 uninsured individuals in Luzerne County. In 2011, VIM opened a free dental clinic at its Wilkes-Barre location. The Clinic operates 8 hours a day, 5 days per week and provides screenings, cleanings, fillings and extractions. Since opening, the clinic has served more than 650 uninsured adults and currently has a waiting list of 300 additional uninsured adults. VIM will use Foundation funding to expand the hours of a dental assistant and purchase supplies to serve 500 additional adults in the coming year.
$5,193.00 - "Where We Live" - Child Abuse Prevention Education for Parents
Women’s Resources of Monroe County, in partnership with Pocono Services for Families and Children, will provide “Where We Live,” a four-week series of educational workshops for at-risk parents and caregivers on child abuse prevention. Facilitated by trained child advocates, workshops will be offered on topics such as the warning signs of potential perpetrators, appropriate touch, and reporting suspicious behavior to authorities. The series will be offered seven times during the grant period, with two series offered in Spanish, to reach 70 parents and caregivers in the coming year.