Non-profit health care programs receive $500,000 in grants

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Thirteen area non-profits received grants from Huntsville Hospital's Community Health Initiative

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – More than a dozen Huntsville-area non-profit organizations received grants totaling $500,000 Tuesday.

The grants came from the Community Health Initiative of Huntsville Hospital.

Each year, a CHI committee determines a list of award recipients.

Here’s a look at the 2015 grant winners:

  • AMBUCS ($3,000) – provides therapeutic tricycles to children and others with disabilities, enhancing their mobility, fitness and independence.
  • The Arc of Madison County, Inc. ($20,000) – provides education, job-skills training and support services to individuals with intellectual disabilities.
  • The Autism Resource Foundation ($10,000) – provides free services to families who have children with autism spectrum disorders, service providers and health professionals.
  • CASA ($40,000)  – provides services for aging and homebound individuals, allowing them to remain in their homes.
  • The Community Free Clinic ($100,000)  – provides free medical care to those without access to healthcare benefits.
  • The Community Free Dental Clinic ($40,000) – provides free acute dental care and education to low-income and poverty level adults in Madison County who are without dental insurance. In the coming year, services will expand to include preventive dental care.
  • First Stop Incorporated ($10,000) – provides outreach, care and case management to the street homeless population.
  • HEALS – Health Establishments at Local Schools ($90,000) – provides school-based free primary medical and dental care to underprivileged children in Madison County. Expanding to include an optometry clinic at the Madison Cross Roads location.
  • New Hope Children’s Clinic ($85,000) – provides medical, dental, vision, mental health and asthma care, along with nutritional education programs, to underserved children in Southeastern Madison County. Expanding to offer immunizations to ages 0-3.
  • United Cerebral Palsy ($5,000) – programs include specialized mental health services for individuals with disabilities and their full-time caregivers.
  • Village of Promise Infant University ($10,000) – provides education, training and resources to new and expectant parents of children ages 0-3.
  • Wellstone Behavioral Health ($85,000) – a school-based mental health therapy program that places mental health therapists in the three major school systems of Madison County. Expanding into six additional schools in the Madison County area.
  • 305 8th Street ($2,000) – provides shelter, case management and structured living for adults with mental and cognitive disabilities in a family-style environment.