Board Chair Michael O’Keefe presented the awards to the recipients of the 2013 Community Development Fund grants during the Board’s annual meeting in Clarenville.
Mr. O’Keefe said “Healthy communities are made up of many important partnerships between health and community organizations. The programs and services provided by the 2013 Community Development Fund recipients address a wide variety of health-related needs in our communities.”
They include establishing an all-inclusive community cultural program to educate and raise awareness about Aboriginal culture; training community groups, individuals and families on how to build and share healthy food skills; creating a community garden to grow plants and vegetables; strengthening social support networks among single parent families; and designing a culture of personal and community responsibility for health and wellness.
Among the successful applicants was Creative Connections, Main Street Youth in Grand Bank and Take Charge Take Action-Together for a Healthier Future, Burin Peninsula Health and Wellness Working Group, Parker’s Cove.
Other recipients are located in St. John’s, Bell Island, Holyrood and Chapel Arm.
The Community Development Fund aligns closely with Eastern Health’s Strategic Plan, which emphasizes a population health approach to support better health outcomes for the communities it serves. Awarding these funds annually demonstrates Eastern Health’s continuous commitment to work with its various partners to keep its populations healthy and well.
Eastern Health’s Board of Trustees established the Community Development Fund, valued at $50,000, in 2007. Since the first grants were awarded in 2008, over $290,000 has been invested in 38 community groups and organizations.
For more information visit Eastern Health’s website at ‘www.easternhealth.ca’.