Legacy Grants Award 750k to 16 Programs

thumb_bbc1e514f34e095BRANSON, Mo. – The Skaggs Foundation gives 750-thousand dollars to 16 different non-profit groups in Stone and Taney Counties yesterday through its Skaggs Legacy Endowment Grants.

The ceremony held at Silver Dollar City’s Culinary and Craft School awarded programs aimed at improving health and wellness in the community. Skaggs Foundation President Tim Nichols says the committee established guidelines and priorities for the programs, which is approved by the Board of Directors:

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A total of 45 grant applications totaling more than 2-point-2 million dollars were submitted for consideration this year. Nichols says next year the foundation hopes to give out grants surpassing the 1-million dollar mark.

 

Reeds Spring R-IV School District                      2014 Award: $56,000      10,000 People Served

2013 Award: $56,000         1,200 People Served

Jane Renner, 417-224-2997, jrenner@wolves.k12.mo.us

Healthy students are higher achieving students and they must be in the classroom to learn. Legacy grant funding will provide a school based health center providing basic healthcare services for students and their families, as well as wellness programs for school district faculty.

 

MSU: Ozark Public Health Institute                     2014 Award: $70,604             60 People Served

2013 Award: $61,084              50 People Served

Dr. Dalen Duitsman, 417-836-5550, daleduitsman@missouristate.edu

This collaboration of Missouri State University and Taney & Stone County Health Departments focuses on residents with school-aged children who suffer from traumatic, anxiety and stress related mental health disorders. SOAR, a mental health trauma intervention method, has shown to improve daily function in 18-24 sessions. This funding will provide for additional counselors and expand services to include the whole family unit.

 

Ozarks Wellness Network (OWN it)                    2014 Award: $40,880        1,140 People Served

2103 Award: $84,780         1,140 People Served

Lisa Marshall, 417-334-4544 ext. 252, marshl1@lpha.mopublic.org

Ozarks Wellness Network (OWN it.) aligns local health and wellness initiatives in Stone and Taney Counties to promote a healthy community. The OWN it. Unhealthy Body Weight Action Team will use Legacy Grant funding for Staying Fit, a comprehensive healthy lifestyle program in conjunction with Washington, Stanford and Missouri State Universities. This award allows the program to continue in Hollister and Forsyth schools and expand to Reeds Spring schools.

 

Christian Associates of Table Rock Lake             2014 Award: $24,300             40 People Served

2013 Award: $32,400            400 People Served

Jocelyn Fisher, 417-739-3200, jfisher@christian-associates.com

Active in our community for 39 years, Christian Associates helps facilitate positive changes “when life hurts”.  Funding from the Legacy Grant will support the continuation of a community counseling clinic in partnership with Burrell Behavioral Health providing a full-time counselor for mental and emotional health care services in Stone County.

 

Stone County Health Department                        2014 Award: $6,350           300 People Served

2013 Award: $6,350            300 People Served

Trisha Doering, 417-357-6134, doerit@lpha.mopublic.org

Stone County Health Department protects and promotes the health of the people who live in and visitStoneCounty. This funding will be used to expand its community outreach efforts with a Community Educator and update the MAPP Community Health Assessment to better measure and compile a comprehensive understanding of the community’s health and wellness needs.

Galena Vision of Hope                                                                 $4,862        2,729 People Served

Connie Johnson, 417-245-0218, horsecreekfarm@tri-lakes.net
Galena on the Move” encourages active, healthy lifestyles.  Legacy Grant funding will expand this effort from 3 to 9 months a year. Their initiative collaborates with University of Missouri Extension’s Stay Strong class for seniors, Stone County Sheriff and Stone County Health Department to provide BMI measurement. Local diners also offer low-calorie meal options.

 

 

2014 AWARDS TO NEW PROGRAMS, PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES

 

Children’s Smile Center                                                               $4,995        2,196 People Served

Jackie Barger, 417-582-5439, Jackie.barger@hotmail.com

Formed in 2005, the Children’sSmileCenterserves needy children from low-income families inStoneCounty. Their satellite office in Branson West, in collaboration with Pregnancy Life Line, WIC and Stone County Health Department will be able to provide education to pregnant women regarding Medicaid dental benefits and dental clinic equipment.

 

Fordland Clinic                                                                            $66,032        2,645 People Served

Whitney Keith, 417.767.2273 ext 2025, whitney@fordlandclinic.org  

Fordland Clinic provides the dentist and other clinical personnel to improve access to oral health and dental services for lower income and uninsured children. The Clinic will purchase equipment for x-rays, sealants, fluoride treatment and cleanings on site in Reeds Spring and Blue Eye Schools and in cooperation with OACAC Head Start.

 

Stone County Health Department                                          $123,862             30 People Served

Trisha Doering, 417-357-6134, doerit@lpha.mopublic.org

Stone County Health Department protects and promotes the health of the people who live in and visitStoneCounty. This funding will be used to provide in home visits, case management and education by a registered nurse to families with newborn infants.

 

OWN it: Unhealthy Body Weight Action Team                       $98,331      14,395 People Served

Dr. Dalen Duitsman, 417-836-5550, dalenduitsman@missouristate.edu

Legacy Grant funding will support GROW Healthy, an evidence based physical education and nutrition curriculum implemented with afterschool programs at the Boys and Girls Clubs, “chef to school”, a childhood obesity workshop and cooking/tasting events for students and parents in Hollister, Crane and Forsyth school districts.

 

OWN it: Access Action Team                                                     $51,825           200 People Served

Darla Howe, 417-334-3145, darla@faithcommunityhealth.com

In coordination with the Ozarks Wellness Network, Faith Community Health Center, Hollister Schools, Tri-Lakes Community Health Center, OATS, Bridge of Faith, Jordan Valley, Taney and Stone County Health Departments, Lifesong United Methodist Church and Stone County Drug Court, Legacy funds will support quarterly access events that provide medical screenings, follow-up appointments, transportation and case management to low income and uninsured residents in need.

 

Faith Community Health Center                                             $133,686        1,360 People Served

Darla Howe, 417-334-3145, darla@faithcommunityhealth.com

Faith Community Health Center serves uninsured and underinsured patients who require healthcare. With this grant award, Faith Clinic will add a provider to expand hours and community outreach services. Affordable access to care is implemented in partnership with Cox Medical Center Branson to provide quality care efficiently, without duplication of services.

 

Faith Community Health Center-Dental Scholarships              $4,950             66 People Served

Darla Howe, 417-334-3145, darla@faithcommunityhealth.com

Faith Community Health Center provides quality, affordable healthcare to area residents in need. With this grant award, patients who present at Cox Medical Center Branson’s Emergency Room with severe dental pain and infection, will be able to receive the specialized care they need to treat the root cause of their issues prevent recurring oral health emergencies.

 

Christian Associates of Table Rock Lake – Dental                    $21,850             60 People Served

Jocelyn Fisher, 417-739-3200, jfisher@christian-associates.com

Christian Associates is partnering with Tri-Lakes Community Health Center to provide emergency dental services for the families they serve from their location in Kimberling City.

 

Christian Associates of Table Rock Lake – Transportation        $2,500           120 People Served

Jocelyn Fisher, 417-739-3200, jfisher@christian-associates.com

Christian Associates will provide transportation to healthcare appointments for the families they serve throughout Stone County.

 

Doula Foundation of Mid America                                           $40,125             90 People Served

Faith Giedd, 417-832-9222, faith@doulafoundation.org

The Doula Foundation gives new mothers the support they need before, during and after pregnancy to give their children a healthy, happy start in life. In collaboration with Pregnancy Life Line, Legacy funding will be used to provide prenatal and postnatal education, as well as support during delivery to mothers in Stone and Taney Counties.

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