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HRH Supports Community Health Projects with $8500 in Grants

August 03, 2009
Holy Rosary Healthcare has recently awarded $8,500 in grants to Eastern Montana organizations as part of HRH’s mission to further projects that enhance the health of the people and communities served. The grants are funded through the Holy Rosary Mission Fund, which since its inception in 2001 has awarded over $150,000 to support critical healthcare initiatives with significant community impact. Holy Rosary Healthcare periodically conducts a comprehensive community-based health needs assessment to identify unmet health-related areas of focus. The HRH Community Benefit Committee has utilized the results of the most recent survey to develop its 2009 work plan and assist in awarding grants that are aligned with Holy Rosary’s mission and are aligned with health concerns of the community. Cancer Screenings Over 300 people attending the Beef Breeders Show and 2009 Community Health Fair received free take-home colorectal disease screening kits. Additionally, men were offered free prostate exams at the Community Health Fair. The kits and prostate exams were funded as part of the HRH’s Community Benefit Committee’s decision to proactively provide more residents with cancer screening opportunities. According to a recent community-based health needs assessment, about half of Miles City adults over age 50 have had a colonoscopy and only one in three from that same group have had a colorectal screening. About 75 percent of Miles City men over age 50 have had a prostate exam. Underage Drinking Local residents living in over 3,000 homes in our area will receive a targeted message on underage drinking. The Miles City Prevention Network was awarded $610 for a media program designed to increase public and parental awareness to reduce acceptance of underage drinking and improve community norms. The community needs assessment showed that nearly five percent of Miles City adults are chronic alcohol users with a higher prevalence among men under age 40. The survey also reported that one in five Miles City adults binge drinks at least once a month, which is three times the Healthy People 2010 target. Health Screenings for Uninsured, Mental Health Patients The Miles City Mental Health Center has been awarded $1,000 toward primary health care screenings and check-ups for their clients who are not otherwise able to pay. Lack of access to primary health care, even at a screening level, is a significant barrier to mental health stability and health care for a number of mental health participants within the service area. This project is reviewed quarterly and more funds may be awarded as needed. According to the community health needs assessment survey, nearly 13 percent of Miles City residents that are considered to be living at or near the poverty level also have mental health conditions. Defibrillators for Cardiac Arrests The Broadus Public School System was awarded $2,000 for an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). The AED will be used in emergency situations when a person has a cardiac event and needs defibrillation of the heart before emergency medical personnel have arrived on the scene. Powder River County High School hosts many community, county and school events. Holy Rosary has also provided the Terry High School and Miles City’s Custer County District High School with defibrillators. Grants are awarded quarterly by the Community Benefit Committee at Holy Rosary. An approved program must meet a majority of the following criteria:
  • the requesting organization or project is based in eastern Montana;
  • demonstrates a commitment to the Holy Rosary Healthcare mission, vision and values;
  • impacts a significant number of people in need as documented in recent surveys and/or other community resource data;
  • uses creative and innovative approaches to meet unmet needs;
  • forms collaborative partnerships that improve the health of the community;
  • uses resources effectively;
  • documents measurable outcomes that demonstrate the success of the project;
  • addresses the needs of the economically disadvantaged and includes them in planning and executing the project when appropriate.
  • Holy Rosary Healthcare’s community outreach is mission- and ministry-driven and is primarily targeted to those most in need (poor, elderly, children, minorities, disenfranchised and medically underserved) to ensure that all in our region have access to quality care. Grants are generally for one-time use efforts, though multi-year projects may be considered through annual reapplication. For more information or to apply for funding from the Holy Rosary Healthcare Mission Fund, contact Kristi Randall at (406) 233-2604.