Fifteen nonprofit organizations serving 19 Western Slope counties received a total of $251,500 in the second quarter of 2018 grant awards from the Rocky Mountain Health Foundation.
The funding supports health- and wellness-related causes that directly affect education, prevention and access to health, community engagement, intervention and treatment.
Local quarterly recipients include: Doors 2 Success in Grand Junction; Family Visitor Program of Garfield County Inc., in Glenwood Springs; Girls on the Run in Grand Junction; the Joseph Center in Grand Junction; Strive in Grand Junction; Midwestern Colorado Mental Health Center in Montrose; Montrose Memorial Hospital in Montrose; Reach Out and Read Colorado in Grand Junction; the Riverside Educational Center in Grand Junction; and St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation in Grand Junction.
Rocky Mountain Health Foundation received requests for $750,710 from 26 agencies for the second quarter. It is anticipated that $1 million will be distributed in 2018 throughout quarterly grant awards.
Reach Out and Read Colorado’s work to sustain program operations in Mesa County is powerfully aligned with RMHF’s mission to improve the health of Coloradans living on the western slope by investing in existing community assets. This is evidenced by leveraging existing health systems, including the Mesa County Public Health Department, to deliver an evidence-based program that focuses on upstream and early prevention. We share a core value that health refers to the total well-being of individuals, families, and communities and goes well beyond just the health care system. The Reach Out and Read Colorado program is based upon positively influencing the Social Determinants of Health that affect a multitude of physical, cognitive, and mental health states – delivering important program tools and information through health clinics that has been demonstrated to engage families in preventative care practices at home during the times when their children are at the most vulnerable and formative stage.