Excellus BlueCross BlueShield selects 13 Rochester area nonprofits to share in $91,200 for health and wellness programs
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Thirteen nonprofit Rochester area organizations are receiving Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s Community Health Awards. Each award recipient will receive up to $4,000 allocated by the company to help fund health and wellness programs in the company’s six-county Rochester region. The Health Plan is donating $91,200 to 33 nonprofits across upstate New York.
Through a competitive application process, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s Community Health Awards support programs that have clear goals to improve the health or health care of a specific population.
“The company’s grants demonstrate a corporate commitment to supporting local organizations that share our mission as a nonprofit health plan,” said Holly Snow, director of community health engagement, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.
Awards focus on improving the health status of the community, reducing the incidence of specific diseases, promoting health education and enhancing overall wellness. Winning organizations are selected based on the proposed program’s scope of need, goals and the number of people expected to benefit from it.
The nonprofit organizations in Monroe County to receive Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s Community Health Awards include:
· Angel Care Ministry of St. Marianne Cope Parish, to supply mothers in need with new portable baby beds to ensure that newborns have a safe place to sleep. The goal is to reduce the number of infants who die from an unsafe sleeping environment.
· AutismUp, to help children with autism and related disorders enjoy traditional summer camp experiences while developing social skills. The Summer Social Skills Camp program exposes campers to “new-to-them” physical activities. The program serves 80+ children per year at two locations.
· Boys and Girls Clubs of Rochester, Inc., to fund a training course to help staff identify, understand and respond to signs of stress in young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.
- DePaul Community Services, to offer a falls prevention training program to staff and residents of its licensed mental health residential program. The combination of mental illness and chronic medical conditions contribute to an increased risk of falling. The program’s goal is to decrease the numbers of falls with injury by 50%.
· Friendship Children’s Center, to provide funding for behavioral health specialist visits to families of children with behavioral health needs and development of strategies that parents can use at home and in the Center’s classroom.
· InterVol, for its Recovery of Unused Medical Supplies program. Funding will be used to purchase 130 totes to collect medical supplies, to add 65 new locations across Western New York to collect an additional 2,000 pounds of medical supplies each year.
· St. John Fisher College, to support training for students and faculty of St. John Fisher College’s Wegmans School of Nursing (WSON) to deliver the American Lung Association’s Open Airways for Schools (OAS) program in Rochester City School District elementary schools. WSON volunteers teach children with asthma how to detect warning signs, environmental triggers and use management techniques.
· Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach, Inc., to provide men and women leaving Monroe County jail with access to safe housing and a new life focused on health through wellness. Funding will be used for its Wellness Education program which includes recreation therapy, wellness education and exercise.
· Volunteers of America of Western New York, Inc., to help men and women leaving Federal prison successfully transition into a healthy, productive life. The money will be used to purchase exercise equipment for the Residential Re-entry Center to give residents the opportunity to engage in positive activities, improve fitness, reduce stress, and help build positive, healthy living habits.
· Wilson Commencement Park, to help fund the Children’s Theatre Project to serve children in its transitional housing program. Interactive workshops expose children to music, imagery, play-acting experiences, and skills to help them develop confidence and the ability to work with others.
Nonprofit organizations receiving Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s Community Health Awards in Ontario and Wayne Counties include:
- Council on Alcoholism and Addictions of the Finger Lakes, Ontario County, for its Hidden in Plain Sight, Telling Their Secrets program to help parents, teachers and others identify signs of substance abuse. The program helps adults look for clues placed in a replica of a teen’s bedroom that may suggest the young adult is experimenting with or using drugs/alcohol.The goal of the program is to help increase awareness in order to intervene and possibly save lives.
- Home Meal Service, Inc., Wayne County, for new Meals on Wheels delivery equipment. Specialized delivery equipment must be used to meet New York state requirements for food safety. Funding will be used to purchase new food delivery carriers to provide an additional 500 hot, nutritious meals to Wayne County residents.
· The Partnership for Ontario County, Inc., Ontario County, funding for the Community Support Center wellness programs. The Center provides free services to residents of Ontario and surrounding counties, blending individual therapy, group counseling and wellness programs to support physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health and wellbeing.
“These awards complement our existing grants and sponsorships with agencies that work to enhance quality of life, including health status, in upstate New York,” said Snow.
For more information on our Community Health Awards, go to ExcellusBCBS.com/Community.