The Mecklenburg Medical Alliance and Endowment (MMAE) has awarded $55,000 in grants to 11 area health and community organizations, whose work supports MMAE’s mission of building a healthier Charlotte/Mecklenburg community. To date, Medical Alliance grants for health-care projects total $1.4 million dollars.
Debbie Taylor, MMAE Vice-president of Grants and Disbursements, presented checks to the following recipients at MMAE’s Annual Meeting held at Myers Park Country Club on Wednesday, May 15.
Alexander Youth Network..........$1,000
Grant will purchase a full-size refrigerator and small specimen refrigerator to be used by the nursing department of this organization, which provides psychiatric care for children of abuse, neglect, or other trauma.
Camp Care provides a free camp experience for children, ages 3-17, who have or have had cancer, and their families in the Charlotte-Metrolina area. (See photo above.)
The Physicians Reach Out program provides low-income, uninsured Mecklenburg County residents with comprehensive health-care services.
Charlotte Community Health Clinic..........$12,500
This grant will support the clinic's Chronic Disease Management Program for uninsured minorities in Charlotte/Mecklenburg, which focuses on reducing cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and diabetes in minority populations.
First Presbyterian Church..........$2,400
Bell, (Building Educated Leaders for Life) Summer Camp serves under-resourced 1st-4th graders, who attend Westerly Hills Elementary free of charge and provides healthy meals, enrichment classes, and physical activities.
Florence Crittenton Services, Inc..........$2,000
Funds will support the FCS Maternity Program’s work with at-risk pregnant adolescents and young women from low-income situations.
Grant will fund professional speakers, mentor-ship, supervision, and the purchase of training materials for the professional training program of this organization’s volunteers. Health Guidance helps people newly diagnosed with cancer find comprehensive healthcare, treatments, and psychological care.
Let Me Run..........$2,800
Grant will go toward the operation of Let Me Run Program in Title I schools, Montclaire and Westerly Hills. Let Me Run inspires boys through the power of running to be courageous enough to be themselves, to build healthy relationships, and to live an active lifestyle.
NC Med Assist..........$7,500
Grant will go toward the Medication Mail-Out program, which ships medications to low-income and uninsured residents of Mecklenburg County.
Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center..........$2,500
This child advocacy center co-ordinates community agencies and professionals involved in the child abuse intervention system.
Thompson Child Development Center..........$4,000
Grant will help provide on-site speech and language therapy, physical therapy, early intervention, and occupation therapies for children with special needs.
Since its inception in 1982 and the initial founding of MMAE’s Inn, now Hospitality House, MMAE grants and projects have helped support such notable projects as:
- Teen Health Connection
- Hospice & Palliative Care of Charlotte
- Donation of a DNA Machine and computer to the CMPD Crime lab
- The Lucky Hearts Campaign (100 AED’s donated and 1,820 individuals trained); and
- Six Community Health Luncheons that brought medical experts and authors to Charlotte to educate the general public on a wide range of health topics.
Mecklenburg Medical Alliance Community Health Grants: 2011 - 2012
Nine Mecklenburg County health organizations were awarded grants funded by MMAE's Endowment at the Alliance's 6th Annual Community Health Luncheon held at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church on Wednesday, April 11.
This year's grants totaled $44,700 and were dedicated in memory of Jean Gaskin, former Alliance president and founder of MMAE's Endowment. Jean passed away in March of this year.
Karen Holleman, chair of the Grants and Disbursements Committee, presented checks to the following organizations:
Charlotte Community Health Clinic …...............$10,000
Pediatric Wellness Program for low Income, uninsured Mecklenburg County children, which will focus on weight reduction, healthy eating, exercise and counseling.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Food Policy Council........$5,000
Creation of a Food Experts Panel to identify top 5 issues in Mecklenburg affecting the local food systems; research and address these issues.
Florence Crittenton Services...............................$2,500
Maternity Program: Provides medical care, post-delivery plan that secures housing, counseling, parenting skills, family planning classes, GED, and skills.
Hospice & Palliative Care of Charlotte................$ 2,500
To purchase 2 PCA (Patient Controlled Analgesia) Infusion Pumps to provide quality end-of-life care at the new Hospice Care Center at Southminster.
Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office....................$3,900
To provide 3 AED's (automated external defibrillators) for deputy patrol cars via the Lucky Hearts/Medic program.
MedAssist of Mecklenburg...................................$5,000
School Health Initiative: To provide free medication to low-income, uninsured Mecklenburg children and health education for those who serve children.
Supportive Housing Communities at McCreesh Place...............................$5,000
Crisis Prevention & Intervention: Promote stable housing and link treatment and services for disabled and homeless men (manage physical, dental, eye care, prescriptions, and coordinate treatment re-entry and nurse visits.
Teen Health Connection.......................................$6,800
To enable Mecklenburg 9th graders to attend “The Big Picture,” a hard-hitting play written and performed by teens, followed by Q&A. It is part of the health education/community outreach initiative, “Charlotte, Get Your Move On!”
Thompson Child & Family Focus..........................$4,000
To provide the Child Development Center specialized therapeutic supports for speech/language/physical therapy for special needs children from birth to five years old.
Mecklenburg Medical Alliance Awards $62,00 in Community Health Grants:
Recipients for 2010 - 2011
The Mecklenburg Medical Alliance and Endowment awarded health grants to 8 area organizations at its Annual Meeting. Grants were awarded to:
CAMP CARE: $5000
This grant will underwrite 5 children, in treatment for cancer, to attend Camp Care.
KIDS HEART FELT HEALTH AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM: $8500
This is an enrichment program that gives children, ages 7-13, the necessary information to make better decisions about eating healthier food through nutrition classes and by teaching participants how to make healthier versions of their favorite foods.
ST. PETER’S HOME - McCREESH PLACE: $8,380
“Living With Loss” is a grief and loss counseling program. McCreesh Place is a permanent 63 unit housing community for formerly homeless and disabled men. It is operated by the 2 St. Peter’s Churches on telTryon Street.
Easter Seals UCP in NC and VA: $2000
This grant will provide special equipment (toys, bikes) for the Healthy Strides program, which provides physical, cognitive, and emotional therapy for special needs children.
The Lucky Hearts Campaign: $10,320
The Lucky Hearts Campaign is and ongoing joint program of MMAE and Medic, which provides AED’s and training to Mecklenburg non-profits. This grant will underwrite 8 AED’s for the Mecklenburg County Sheriffs’ Department.
Charlotte Community Health Clinic: $16,500
This program provides health care to uninsured, low-income children in Mecklenburg County.
Care Ring (formerly Community Health Services) PRO: $8,900
Now under the auspices of Care Ring, Physicians Reach Out provides medical care for the uninsured. Funds will go toward eligibility screenings and oversight.
Florence Crittenton Services: $2500
Funds will be used to support approximately 100 single mothers-to-be and their unborn children, who participate in Crittenton’s program and services.
MMAE Grant and Award Recipients for 2009 - 2010
Cannon Award - $1,000
To Levine Children’s Hospital in honor of Smoky Bissell, winner of MMAE’s Cannon Award.
Camp CARE - $5,000
Provide children with cancer to special summer camp
Camp Carolina Trails - $5,000
Provide children with diabetes to special summer camp
Charlotte Community Health Clinic - $15,000
Free primary care for impoverished
CMC Violence Prevention Program - $1,700
Trains school and social workers to prevent youth violence
Hospitality House - $5,000
Provides housing for patient’s families
Matthews Free Clinic - $2,735
AIC analyzer to treat diabetes
MedAssist - $8,500
Medications for low income uninsured patients
Presbyterian’s Community Cruiser - $5,054
Vision and hear screening equipment
Samaritan House - $8,500
Provides post surgical recovery lodgings for homeless
Shelter Health Services - $8,500
Free clinic for homeless women
MMAE Disbursements for 2007-2008
Arthritis Services $ 1,000
Community Health Clinic $ 9,830
Florence Crittendon Home $ 1,750
Hospice $ 5,000
Hospitality House $ 5,000 (3rd year of 5 year pledge)
N.C. Medical Society Alliance $ 1,000
Physicians Reach-Out $ 5,000
Samaritan House $ 5,000
Teen Health Connection $ 8,904
MECKLENBURG MEDICAL ALLIANCE & ENDOWMENT ANNOUNCES 2007 HEALTH & COMMUNITY GRANTS:
ALLIANCE AWARDS $70,000 IN HEALTH GRANTS
The Mecklenburg Medical Alliance & Endowment awarded $70,000 in grants to 10 area health and community organizations.
In evaluating grant proposals, the Alliance gives priority to those projects that demonstrate a commitment to the betterment of health and medicine in Mecklenburg County. It also looks for proposals that promote an awareness of charitable, scientific, and/or educational needs in the community.
The following organizations were awarded grants:
Hospitality House - $5,000
Second installment of a 5 year $25,000 pledge toward Construction of a larger/more modern facility to house families of out-of-town hospitalized patients.
Allegro Foundation - $7,000
Grant to help underwrite classes in movement with educational and medical expertise for children with physical disabilities.
Shelter Health Services - $15,000
Grant to clinic that provides medical care to homeless women.
Matthews Health Clinic - $2,000
Funds will go toward supplies for clinic that treats low income patients.
Carolina Breast Friends - $3,000
This organization provides kits/information to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Money will go toward materials for this medical care project.
Camp Care - $5,000
Grant will help children with cancer and siblings attend special camp with children in similar circumstances.
American Red Cross - $4,000
Grant is for the transportation in Mecklenburg County of critically ill patients to healthcare appointments and/or treatment.
MedAssist - $15,000
Grant will be used to provide medications and community pharmacy services to individuals who cannot afford medications.
Samaritan House - $10,000
This organization provides post-operative/ recuperative care for the homeless.
Family Resource Center, Levine Children’s Hospital $3,000
Grant will provide admitted children with child’s book about Levine Children’s Hospital and their hospital stay.
In addition to these community grants, another $1,000 has been designated for the recipient of the annual MMAE Cannon Award. This year’s winner, Ann Maudlin Elliot,
has donated her award to: Friendship Trays - $1,000
MECKLENBURG MEDICAL ALLIANCE & ENDOWMENT ANNOUNCES HEALTH & COMMUNITY GRANTS FOR 2006
The Mecklenburg Medical Alliance & Endowment has announced that it will award $53,000 in grants to six area health and community organizations.
In evaluating grant proposals, MMAE gives priority to those projects that demonstrate a commitment to the betterment of health and medicine in Mecklenburg County. It also looks for proposals that promote an awareness of charitable, scientific, and/or educational needs in the community.
The following organizations have been awarded grants:
Dore Academy - $1,000
Funds will assist in the establishment of a therapeutic library for students in K-12
Hospitality House - $5,000
First installment of a 5 year $25,000 pledge toward construction of a larger/more modern facility to house families of out of town hospitalized patients
Matthews Clinic $5,000
Grant to help establish a women’s’ clinic for the uninsured/impoverished in Matthews area
Mecklenburg County Medical Society/Child Life Committee $10,000 Funding to support ongoing project studying effect of physical education classes on childhood obesity in elementary schools
Physicians Reach Out $15,000
Funds will be used to provide medications to uninsured patients on an immediate/emergency basis
Teen Health Connection $7,000
Grant will be used to continue a comprehensive health education program, “Healthy Choices, Healthy Teens.”
In addition to the aforementioned grants, the Mecklenburg Medical Alliance & Endowment has allotted an additional $10,000 to bring radKid’s, a child safety program, to Charlotte as part of MMAE’s 2006-2007 “Safeguarding Childhood” initiative. Another $1,000 has been designated for the Cannon Award, to be donated to the winner’s charity of choice. This brings the Endowment’s total disbursements to $54,000.