Potomac Health Foundation Awards Grants to Improve Community Health

Potomac Health Foundation awarded grants to 25 programs serving residents of eastern Prince William County, Lorton, and North Stafford communities through its Howard L. Greenhouse Large Grant Program. The Howard L. Greenhouse Large Grant Program addresses the Foundation’s mission to improve the health of the community by awarding grants to programs that strengthen access to primary health care for medically underserved residents, reduce the impact of preventable illness and disease, and support innovation around emerging health needs.

In total, the Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $2,687,748 in grants. Grant amounts ranged from $19,323 to $257,000 and were awarded through a competitive application process. Grants are awarded for up to three years on an annual basis.  Of the 25 grants awarded, six are first year grants; the remaining 19 programs are receiving grants for the second or third year. Two agencies are receiving grants for the first time from the Foundation.

Dr. Carol Shapiro, Chair of the Foundation’s Grant and Solicitation Approval Committee, said, “We are ecstatic about these programs. Our returning grantees will continue to greatly impact the health of the community through their proven dedication and efforts. We also welcome the new large grant recipients who submitted thoughtful and convincing proposals.”

The first time recipients include the Regional Primary Care Coalition whose grant aims to build capacity, reduce fragmentation, and improve the quality of care among area primary health care providers in Northern Virginia by facilitating partnerships among them. The other first time recipient is the Doorways which aims to reduce financial and logistical barriers to access for patients and families of patients who must travel to Richmond, Virginia to access specialty care by providing lodging.

Potomac Health Foundation is an independent, private foundation whose mission is to improve the health of the community. It serves the communities of eastern Prince William County, north Stafford County and Lorton.

A full listing of grant recipients and awards is below:

Consumer Health Foundation-Regional Primary Care Coalition Regional Primary Care Coalition $25,000.00
The Doorways Patient and Family Access Program $38,000.00
National Coalition of 100 Black Women/PWC Chapter, Inc. Colon Cancer Project $98,000.00
Nueva Vida Increasing cancer prevention and improving continuity of care to underserved Latinas in PWC $125,000.00
Pathway Homes Permanent Supportive Housing for Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses $125,000.00
Project Mend a House Preventing Health Complications Through Participation in the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) and the Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) $40,000.00
Brain Injury Services Crest: Collaborative Rehabilitation to Enhance Stroke Treatment $168,617.00
Change in Action Inc. Behavioral Management for Traumatic Exposure $168,261.00
Empowerhouse Interpersonal Violence Healthcare Partnership Program $76,004.00
George Mason University Middle School ACHIEVES (AdvanCing Healthcare Initiatives for undErserVEd Students) $257,000.00
George Mason University POISED (Precision Outreach Intervention, Screening, Surveillance and Exercise for Falls Prevention in Diabetes) Prince William $216,678.28
George Washington Regional Commission/The Farmers Market.co Fresh Food Access for Community Health $43,089.00
National Capital Poison Center webPOISONCONTROL $250,000.00
Northern Virginia Family Service Improving Nutrition for Low-Income Families $192,246.00
Prince William Area Free Clinic PWAFC Navigation $48,562.00
SCAN of Northern Virginia Safe Babies & Child Abuse Prevention $25,000.00
Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center SNVMC Diabetes Prevention Program $62,675.00
Stafford Schools Head Start/VPI/Early Head Start  Stafford Children’s Insurance Outreach Program $19,323.00
The House, Inc. Student Leadership Center PROJECT PLAY $207,000.00
Young Invincibles Healthy Young America -Northern Virginia Campaign $100,000.00
American Heart Association CPR Anytime  $109,375
Northern Virginia Family Service Prince William HealthLink  $69,827
Prince William County Public Schools Coordinated Mental Health Support for At-Risk Youth  $86,236
Prince William Soccer Inc. The Courage F.U.N. Project  $68,855
The Arc of Greater Prince William/INSIGHT, Inc. Medical Case Management  $68,000


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The Potomac Health Foundation is an independent, private foundation organized exclusively for charitable purposes. The Foundation seeks to improve health and wellness for the people residing in the Foundation’s service area.