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Hospital foundation awards wellness grants

Talent Maker City was one of seven organizations to receive an Ashland Community Hospital Foundation grant to improve the well-being of kids and adults. Talent Maker City photo

The Ashland Community Hospital Foundation has awarded grants totaling $229,500 to seven nonprofit groups working to improve the health and well-being of kids and adults in Ashland, Talent and Phoenix.

“Health care now and in the future is about keeping people healthy through community-based programs, in addition to standing ready to treat advanced illnesses and injuries in our local hospital,” Cindy Bernard, president of the foundation’s board of directors, said in a press release.

Bernard said the foundation is grateful to donors and the nonprofit groups serving the community.

Grants went to:

— The La Clinica healthcare network for expanding school-based health center hours at Phoenix Elementary School to keep the center open year-round. The extended hours support the increased need for mental health services. The center will be available to all children and families enrolled in the Phoenix-Talent School District.

— The Mercy Flights ground and air ambulance service to pilot their innovative Mobile Integrated Healthcare program for the Ashland, Talent and Phoenix communities. The grant supports hiring a dedicated mobile practitioner to provide customized care to individuals just discharged from area hospitals. The practitioner helps connect people to the right care at the right time, in the right place and meets the needs of the community’s most vulnerable residents.

— Options for Helping Residents of Ashland to increase access to services by converting space at the OHRA Center into a clinic, which will be operated by La Clinica. The conversion will include an exam room and therapy room to support medical and mental health. The program helps connect people to the care they need at the time they need it and potentially reduce the use of emergency rooms. Funding for this project was provided through the foundation’s Community Care Fund, which supports health care services and programs for those in need.

— Rogue Valley Farm to School to support their Digging Deeper program designed to cultivate a culture of health within Phoenix-Talent School District elementary schools. The investment will help expand the program to include school-based health providers who will join the nutritionist, Rogue Valley Farm to School staff and school administrators to identify goals and metrics to measure the success of the program’s impact on students.

— Rogue Valley Mentoring to invest in the social and emotional wellness of middle school students in the Phoenix-Talent School District by expanding mentoring circles. The expansion will support mentoring circles for all 300 sixth and seventh grade students, as well as two circles for eighth grade students.

— Talent Maker City for their Rise Up + Rebuild Workshop Series 2.0 to aid in the recovery from the 2020 Almeda Fire that destroyed large sections of Talent and Phoenix. The workshops support socio-emotional wellness, group collaboration, community building and effective communication. They are also designed to spark interest in career pathways.

— United Way of Jackson County for their In This Together Initiative that supports mental wellness and suicide prevention in our area. The grant will benefit their Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training and bring two free training sessions to serve the Ashland and Talent communities.

The Ashland Community Hospital Foundation is a nonprofit philanthropic organization supporting innovative and equitable approaches to community health and wellness. Tax-deductible contributions can be made securely at achfoundation.org or mailed to Ashland Community Hospital Foundation, 123 Clear Creek Drive, Suite 101, Ashland OR 97520.

The Ashland Community Hospital Foundation is not affiliated with Asante or Asante Ashland Community Hospital.