MINNETONKA, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Medica Foundation in 2017 awarded $1.2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the Medica Foundation’s service area, which includes Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and western Wisconsin. The Medica Foundation seeks to improve health by funding initiatives that are innovative in how care is delivered and have a high likelihood of creating long-term change.
“Health care is going through a period of change and we remain committed to the greater community during these challenging times, through support of our partners who improve health and remove barriers to health care services for those in need,” said JoAnn Birkholz, director of the Medica Foundation. “Each year we identify the areas of greatest need and help fund programs that support key health care initiatives in the communities we serve.”
Three examples of grants include:
- St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development received a $40,000 grant to pilot a program to expand services designed to effectively address the complex behavioral needs and traumatic experiences of children with severe emotional disturbances and children in foster care.
- Children’s Dental Services (CDS) received a $25,000 grant to provide a full range of culturally-targeted dental services to low-income children ages birth to 12 in St. Cloud with a focus on East African immigrants and refugees.
- Pearl Battered Women’s Resource Center in Milaca, Minnesota received a $5,000 grant to support health related programming core to their mission.
Funding priorities for the Medica Foundation include behavioral health, early childhood health and general health improvement. In regional and rural communities, the Medica Foundation also focused on nonprofit core mission support.
More information about grants in these areas is available on the Medica Foundation website.
About the Medica Foundation
The Medica Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable grant-making foundation. It is an affiliate of Medica Health Plans, a Minnesota-based nonprofit HMO. The Medica Foundation generally seeks to fund community-based programs and initiatives that can provide sustainable, measurable improvements in the availability, access and quality of healthcare. Email: email@example.com; Phone: 952/992-2060.
Medica (www.medica.com) is a health services company headquartered in Minneapolis and active in the Upper Midwest. With approximately 1.7 million members, the non-profit company provides health care coverage in the employer, individual, Medicaid, Medicare and Medicare Part D markets in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Medica also offers national network coverage to employers who have employees outside the Medica regional network.
Medica’s vision is to become the community’s health plan of choice, trusted for its integrity, respected for its service, and admired for its commitment to innovation and efficiency.