The Potomac Health Foundation held its Annual Celebration Event on September 14, 2016. The Celebration Event highlights the great work grantees put into programs benefiting the Potomac Health Foundation catchment area for grant year 2015-2016. Joining the celebration were the Honorable Maureen Caddigan, the Honorable Ruth Anderson, the Honorable Laura Sellers, Board members of the Potomac Health Foundation, and grantee partners.
Each year the Potomac Health Foundation staff awards grantees with Best Practice Awards. This year, we awarded:
Best Practice: Learning in Practice- This award is given to agencies or projects that incorporate learning in routine activities, and use that knowledge to inform ongoing practice. Nueva Vida is mastering it, embedding it throughout every facet and program of the organization—and in turn, the community is responding. This year, NV provided health support to 560 Latinas through 54 events. They more than doubled their projection of mammograms, 164 vs 80 and successfully transitioned the Executive Director and senior leadership.
Best Practice: Data Management- This award is given to agencies or projects that do a stellar job of tracking data (preferably with low-cost solutions) and then use it to inform practice. For the second year in a row, Prince William Soccer, Inc. has provided curriculum based soccer inspired free after school programs to promote fitness and educate children grades 3-5 on healthy lifestyles. Throughout the intervention they monitor health knowledge, body mass indexes and aerobic capacity of the participating children. Health knowledge is up. BMIs are down. Aerobic capacity is up.
Best Practice: Innovation- This award is given to agencies or projects that incorporate innovation in routine activities, and inspire others to do the same. Just in the first six months of their latest Health Safety Net grant, NSC has distributed medications with a market value of $2,459,573 to 1,156 consumers in the area. Those medications are available with graphic presentation labels available in 22 languages.
Each year there are a handful of non-profits that excite Foundation staff, board and partners and are often excitedly cited as the one to watch. So, we have created a new Best Practice Award to be offered to that “Rising Star” non-profit. Pathway Homes provides permanent supportive housing to formerly chronically homeless individuals. This year 4 new residents found a new home, have entered the day program and have been connected to Medicaid. Two years ago, Pathway Homes wasn’t even providing program and services in Prince William County. Yet, in a sometimes contested political environment, have forged healthy partnerships and relationships with fellow homeless services organizations, property owners and area providers. Their first PHF grant became self-sustaining after only one year of funding.