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OXNARD, CA – January 7, 2020 – Dignity Health St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital (SJPVH) and St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) are proud to announce that the two hospitals have awarded $270,000 in grant funding to five unique non-profit partnerships in Ventura County.
Grants are awarded through Dignity Health’s Community Grants Program, which sets forth to help local non-profit organizations with interest in building healthier communities by improving health and living conditions. The criteria for this funding cycle is based on the following priority areas identified in the hospitals Community Benefits Report, and the Ventura County Community Health Needs Assessment. Grant recipients met the following criteria: serve identified vulnerable or underserved populations, to help address health disparities; emphasize primary prevention and address underlying causes of health problems; contribute to a seamless continuum of care, and build community capacity.
“By funding local organizations that have a shared mission to help provide critical health services to our communities, we are able to collaboratively improve the health and well-being of the vulnerable and underserved,” said Darren Lee, President and CEO of St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital and St. John’s Regional Medical Center. “We are motivated by the impact these grants will have on the lives of our community members.”
This year’s Community Grants were awarded to the following local organizations:
Brain Injury Center of Ventura County (BIC) - $50,000
Program: Access to mental health services for brain injury survivors and support team
Planned Impact: BIC will provide brain injury survivors and family caregivers trauma-informed mental health support services. This includes: thirty-six monthly one-hour group therapy sessions across three locations – Oxnard, Camarillo, and Ventura for a projected 75 people served. Up to six one-hour sessions of individual/family trauma-informed therapy to address occasional or situationally-induced mental health needs for an estimated 240 individual/family sessions in one year.
Interface Children & Family Services - $40,000
Program: 2-1-1 Ventura County homeless services outreach and patient coordination
Planned Impact: Through 2-1-1 Ventura County, Interface will meet the needs of people who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness by linking them to the social safety net. When this population calls/texts 2-1-1, Interface will use BenefitKitchen eligibility screener and the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) to connect them with services such as emergency shelter, transportation, health care, transitional and/or permanent supportive housing, food assistance, mental health services, and other critical resources.
Livingston Memorial Visiting Nursing Association - $25,000
Program: Palliative care for underserved patients in Ventura County
Planned Impact: Livingston seeks to increase access to palliative care services for low-income and vulnerable populations by partnering with the Gold Coast Health Plan. The partnership will develop linkages with discharge nurses and hospital palliative care teams to refer eligible Medi-Cal patients to our home-based program through the development of an education and outreach campaign focused on helping Gold Coast Nursing Care Coordinators and hospital discharge staff to identify patients and inform them of our services.
Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture, Inc. (SEEAG) - $55,000
Program: Ventura County Child Wellness Initiative
Planned Impact: A team of two SEEAG instructors will bring a mobile classroom to schools to provide bilingual, hands-on nutrition education to 2,800 third grade students. Each child will receive a Health Bag with educational materials, produce samples, recipes, information about monthly free produce service, a dental hygiene kit, and a jump rope. Five farmers market pop-ups will be held at schools, providing free produce and information for families. Health events at St. John’s will provide additional bilingual education to families.
The Salvation Army California South Division - $100,000
Program: The Salvation Army (TSA) Oxnard free dental clinic
Planned Impact: The Salvation Army, Community Action, and One-Stop partnerships aim to increase the amount of homeless, low-income, uninsured/underinsured individuals in Ventura County who receive oral health care while addressing other basic needs and health needs. The project will help alleviate barriers by providing access and awareness of dental services and will provide access and referrals to food, shelter, and health services to address food insecurity, homelessness, and other health-related needs.
About Dignity Health St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital and St. John’s Regional Medical Center
St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo and St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard are members of Dignity Health Central Coast, an integrated network of top quality hospitals, with physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services - all recognized for quality, safety and service. Both hospitals are supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities. Hospitals in the Dignity Health Central Coast region also include Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria. Learn more at DignityHealth.org/PleasantValley and DignityHealth.org/StJohnsRegional.
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