Woodland Healthcare, a member of Dignity Health, has awarded $80,000 in grant funding to six local nonprofit organizations in Yolo County that are collaborating to address priority health issues in the community. Grant recipients were honored at a luncheon celebration held today.
Grant recipients include Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services of Yolo County, Yolo Community Care Continuum and Yolo Family Service Agency. These organizations have partnered on a program to increase access to mental health care. Suicide Prevention of Yolo County will work closely with Woodland Healthcare to help ensure individuals in need of short-term crisis residential services are linked to Safe Harbor for intervention and stabilization. Individuals will also receive follow-up outpatient mental health care and support through the Yolo Community Care Continuum and the Yolo Family Service Agency.
Grant awards were also made to the Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance, Senior Link of Yolo County (Legal Services of Northern California), and People Resources, Inc. (Elderly Nutrition Program) for a program that will focus on providing resources for the community’s vulnerable elderly population. Project plans include developing a senior referral and care planning program, providing training to enhance the skills of hospital clinicians who care for people with dementia and bringing community leaders together to begin planning a Yolo Center for Aging.
“Through the Dignity Health Community Grants Program, we are committed to establishing meaningful collaborative programs among nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to improving the health of people living in our community,” said Kevin Vaziri, President and CEO of Woodland Healthcare. “We are proud to honor this year’s grant recipients and to have the opportunity to work together with these agencies to strengthen safety net services and build a greater continuum of care for those we serve."
The Dignity Health Community Grants Program is one of the ways in which Woodland Healthcare fosters community collaboration and supports local needs. In total, the hospital made a $25M investment in the community in 2014, which in addition to patient financial assistance, included services such as the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, Yolo Adult Day Health Center, Woodland Healthcare Farmer’s Market, and grant funding to the Yolo Crisis Nursery, CommuniCare and others.