GREENVILLE, SC – Following a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the Greenville Health Authority (GHA) Board of Trustees awarded an additional 22 grants through its Healthy Greenville program, bringing the total amount of grants to nearly $19.4 million since the program began two years ago. Just-awarded grants range from an innovative opioid-overdose counseling program to initiatives that will provide in-community health outreach, expanded mental health counseling and assistance for veterans.
More than 80% of the grants target underserved populations as part of GHA’s work with community partners to help break generational cycles of disparities.
The grant program, which features micro-grants as small as $5,000 for a single year to three-year macro-grants topping $500,000, is part of Greenville Health Authority’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of the residents of Greenville County. By 2052, the program is expected to invest more than $136 million into health programs directly benefitting Greenville County, although the health benefits are expected to also be felt outside of the county. So far, 34 lead agencies have received grants, although the total number of agencies and communities groups collaborating on those grants number nearly 120.
“We’re thrilled to help our community in any way we can – but particularly in improving its health, which is the core of what we do,” said the Rev. Sean Dogan, chairman of the Greenville Health Authority Board of Trustees. “Just as the physicians, nurses and other team members work here because they want to help people, we on the boards volunteer here because we want to make our communities better. We know that some of the steps we take today – whether in helping communities fight diabetes or help detect cancer earlier – will reap enormous health benefits for our families and community in the years to come.”
“By working with our partners, we hope to move beyond a so-called Band-aid approach and remove the problem before the ‘injury’ ever occurs,” said Dogan.
Prisma Health-Upstate, formerly Greenville Health System, is committed to improving the health and well-being of citizens of Greenville County, which includes health promotion, disease prevention and taking care of all in need. Part of that commitment is providing to GHA an annual commitment of $4 million for the Healthy Greenville program to support health-related care, health research and health education initiatives benefiting the residents of Greenville County.
Macro-grants awarded this year include the following:
- FAVOR Greenville was awarded a $335,000 grant over three years to expand the FAVOR Overdose Recovery Coaching Evaluation (FORCE) from Greenville Memorial Emergency Department to the emergency departments at Greer Memorial and Hillcrest hospitals. Operational since January 2018, the FORCE program has successfully engaged more than 200 overdose survivors with 65% follow up/retention success, 72% success in linkage to treatment and only 8.9% recidivism to the health system.
- Gateway House, Inc. was awarded $500,000 over three years to complete construction of a new facility, doubling its capacity to provide rehabilitation opportunities to more than 450 adults recovering from effects of serious and persistent mental illness.
- Unity Health on Main was awarded $540,170 over three years to serve the uninsured and underserved Hispanic, African American and other minority populations in the White Horse Road Corridor. Collaboratively, using a multi-generational and multi-level approach, Unity Health on Main will help increase access to medical and mental health care, reduce obesity and diabetes disparities and encourage healthy eating and exercise to reduce health risk factors.
- Taylors Free Medical Clinic was awarded $281,340 over three years to increase capacity for patient care including intake, diagnosis, treatment and educational services. The grant will help enable Taylors Free Medical Clinic to increase the number of patient office visits to more than 5,000 visits annually.
- Prisma Health-Upstate was awarded $100,000 to create a mobile mammography clinic focused on the development of medical resources that address barriers to care and assist with breast cancer prevention efforts. The clinic will provide proactive health care and will help to decrease barriers in access to preventative care as part of a larger population health management strategy to improve the health of Greenville County.
Micro-grants awarded through the Healthy Greenville, Too initiative this year include the following:
- A Child’s Haven was awarded $6,250 for its Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds program to increase access to health care and mental health care. The program, which includes a combination of group, individual and even at-home visitation, helps kindergarten-aged children and their parents better address mental-health challenges. Collaborators include the Prisma Health Center for Pediatric Medicine and the Children’s Trust of SC.
- Bob Jones University’s School of Health Professions was awarded $6,250 for its HEAL (Healthy Eating and Active Living) program, a free wellness program to reduce health disparities and improve the well-being of the socioeconomically disadvantaged area of the Arcadia Hills community. Collaborators include Phillis Wheatley Community Center and Upstate Podiatry.
- The Center for Educational Equity was awarded $6,250 for its program to mitigate Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). The center will implement 10 after-school programs to mitigate ACE’s traumatic effects. ACEs, which can range from abuse to divorce and parent incarceration, can impact a child’s physical and mental health over their entire lives unless treated. Collaborators include 100 Black Men of the Upstate, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Upstate Circle of Friends, Freedom Within Walls, Greenville Center for the Creative Arts, West End Yoga Studio, S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice, West End Village Business Association, USA Boxing Inc., United Way of Greenville and Greater Greenville Realtors Association.
- The Upstate Circle of Friends was awarded $6,250 for its “Can I eat, too” program to provide hot nutritious meals to children at-risk of going hungry. Collaborators include Quest Leadership Academy; David Hellams Community Center; Pleasant Valley Connection; Nicholtown Community Center; CEE; West Greenville Community Center; Bobby Pearse Community Center; Brutontown Community Center; Freetown Community Center; Mt. Pleasant Community Center; Slater Elementary; Staunton Bridge Community Center; Kingdom Assembly Church; Sterling Community Center and Phillis Wheatley Community Center.
- International Ballet was awarded $6,250 for a weekly special-needs dance class. The class, which takes place at the ballet company integrates body conditioning, musicality, teamwork, discipline and emotional support. Collaborating on the innovative project is THRIVE Upstate, formerly Greenville County Disabilities & Special Needs Board, which provides services, opportunities, and support for individuals with special needs and disabilities.
- Meals on Wheels Greenville was awarded $6,250 for a continuity of care program for highly vulnerable homebound seniors and individuals. The program delivers frozen meals for evenings and weekends for those individuals. Collaborators include the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority.
- Servants for Sight was awarded $6,250 to build its diabetic retinopathy program that will help people in poverty in Greenville County get access to vision-saving eye care. Collaborators include Retina Consultants of the Carolinas, Southern Eye Associates and Clemson Eye.
- Sustaining Way was awarded $6,250 to increase access to healthy food and improved knowledge of nutrition and healthy behaviors and to help residents reduce utility expenses. Collaborators include Nicholtown Neighborhood Association, Greenville County Schools, Furman Community Conservation Corps, Duke Energy and the City of Greenville.
- SWITCH was awarded $6,250 for comprehensive supportive services for survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. The program includes a short-term crisis management and long-term healing approach. Collaborators include sheriff offices for Greenville, Spartanburg, Greenwood, Oconee, Pickens, and Anderson counties; Safe Home in Spartanburg; Shepherds Gate and Salvation Army; and Safe Harbor in Greenville, Anderson, and Oconee; Lawyers Against Sex Trafficking; Eastside General Dentistry; Brio Internal Medicine; New Horizon Family Health Center; Pettigru Counseling and GIFT Counseling Center for Wellness.
- United Ministries was awarded $6,250 to augment existing programs by providing free mental health services to low-income and homeless participants through the addition of a part-time mental health professional to its staff. Greenville Mental Health collaborated on the grant.
- The Urban League of the Upstate was awarded $6,250 for its Urban Girls Rock and Man Cave summer leadership programs, which provides under-resourced students of color with experiences and training to foster healthy self-care, relationship building, mindfulness and goal setting.
- YouthBASE was awarded $6,250 for an afterschool and summer program for K5-second grade students and their families to help ensure children are grade-level proficient by third grade and that their families foster healthy development. Collaborators include Greenville County Art Museum, S,C, Children’s Theatre and Children’s Museum of the Upstate.
- Safe Harbor Inc. was awarded $5,000 to help purchase acreage which will be used as the home of a proposed new shelter for individuals who suffered domestic violence. The new shelter would serve more than 350 people in Greenville County each year.
- Upstate Warrior Solution was awarded $5,000 for a veterans initiative that better allow it to address non-health care related needs (such as housing, education and employment) in order to help guide them toward overall healthier lifestyles.
- The Greenville Family Partnership’s “Just Say Something” program was awarded $5,000 for its “Strengthening Families” initiative, a 14-week family skills program designed to improve family relationships and parenting skills using a structured curriculum of mealtimes, interactive classes and hands-on activities. Collaborators include Chandler Creek Elementary School Victor United Methodist Church Greer Police Department.
- Greenville Tech Foundation was awarded $5,000 to help improve the community’s dental care by providing care through its 33-chair public dental clinic that helps give real-world clinical experience to students in Greenville Technical College’s dental hygiene associates degree program. Collaborators include Serenity Place, Safe Harbor, New Horizon Family Health Services, Project Host and Upstate Fatherhood Coalition.
- Greenville Technical Charter High School was awarded $5,000 for its Get Intentional Toward Fitness (G.I.F.T.) exercise safety program targeting students interested in pursuing health occupations. Greenville Technical College is collaborating.
For more information about GHA’s grants program, visit www.ghs.org/healthygreenville.
About Healthy Greenville
Prisma Health-Upstate has a longstanding commitment to the health and well-being of the communities it serves. Part of that commitment is providing to Greenville Health Authority (GHA) $4 million each year with which GHA administers grant programs to support health-related care, health research and health education initiatives benefiting the residents of Greenville County. The Healthy Greenville program, which was launched two years ago, will invest more than $136 million in the health of Greenville County’s residents. GHA also administers a micro-grants program called “Healthy Greenville, Too!” in which up to $100,000 per year is awarded to qualified, not-for-profit organizations which are not traditional health services delivery organizations but which provide a valuable charitable purpose that improves the well-being of the people of Greenville. For more information, visit www.ghs.org/healthygreenville.