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Potomac Health Foundation Awards Grants to Increase Access to Health

July 3, 2019

WOODBRIDGE, VIRGINIA, July 1, 2019

Potomac Health Foundation awarded a total of $3,674,599 in Howard L. Greenhouse Large Grants to address access to health, mental and behavioral health, and capacity building in eastern Prince William County, Lorton, and North Stafford communities in Virginia. Grant amounts ranged from $14,492 to $249,508 and were awarded to 35 organizations through a competitive application process.

Grants are for one year and begin on July 1, 2019. There are 12 projects being funded initial grant funding and 22 projects are receiving continuing funding from the Foundation. Of the projects receiving initial grant funding, half of the organizations are receiving grants for the first time from Potomac Health Foundation.

New grants include support for outreach and enrollment for the expanded Medicaid program in Virginia. Grants will also support activities to ensure a complete and accurate count in the Foundation service area for Census 2020 through outreach and education, with a focus on traditionally undercounted communities. New grants also include programs to address food insecurity and navigating health and social services for those previously involved with criminal justice.

The Foundation also awarded continuation grant funds to support programs focused on behavioral health. In addition, the Foundation has been convening community partners undertaking these efforts on a quarterly basis. At these meetings, organizations have been working to coordinate and strategize on how to best address behavioral health issues.

“Improving the health of the community depends on access to health care, as well as other factors that set the conditions for daily life for the people who live here. The programs receiving funding from the Foundation exemplify the wide array of efforts that are needed to ensure good health outcomes in our community. I am excited and I know the organizations are also planning to collaborate and build off of each other’s work.” said Susie Lee, Executive Director.

Potomac Health Foundation is an independent, private foundation located in Woodbridge, Virginia. The Foundation’s mission to improve the health of the community by increasing access to health care for the medically underserved.

Youth for Tomorrow received a grant for $195,000 for its program "YFT Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for the Underserved" which provides services on a sliding scale basis to those who qualify within the Potomac Health Foundation catchment area. Click here for more information on these services.