Health and Wellness
Health and wellness is one of The Foundation's largest grantmaking areas and has long received institutional support through a partnership with New Haven Healthy Start.
The Foundation's support of health organizations and projects benefit some of the most vulnerable members of our community - the chronically mental ill and homeless, elderly, recent immigrants, and formerly incarcerated individuals.
Healthcare access for vulnerable populations
At Transitions Medical Clinic, formerly incarcerated men and women receive the medical care they need. Photo credit: Transitions Medical Clinic
Recent health grantees increased access to care for vulnerable populations through nontraditional or enhanced models of care. Transitions Clinic used community health workers to connect men and women recently-released from prison with needed medical treatment.
The Hispanic Health Council (HHC) employed a licensed clinical social worker to reach and address the mental health needs of monolingual Spanish speaking patients. As a result HHC was able to serve 40% more clients.
The Helen Keller International ChildSight in-school vision screening program increased eye care for 4th-9th grade New Haven Public School students. Nearly 10,000 students were screened during the two-year grant period.
|The Fairhaven Community Health Clinic has delivered primary care since 1972, when it opened with funding from The Community Foundation.|
The Fair Haven Community Health Center is a critical primary healthcare provider for poor and low-income individuals and families. During its recent grant term, the clinic saw new improvements in patient healthcare on three clinical quality outcomes: an increased number of diabetes cases were in control; an increased number of patients had early entry into prenatal care; and an increased number of primary care patients were screened for depression.
The Visiting Nurse Association of South Central CT continued to excel in reported clinical outcomes concerning the timely initiation of care. One hundred percent of cases were managed with immediate communication with a physician as compared to the national benchmark of 94%.
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Greater New Haven community health agencies are staying connected with vulnerable clients and patients online and on the phone.
Fellowship Place helps adults manage their mental illnesses and live fulfilling lives.
As a combined organization, New Haven Farms and New Haven Land Trust will make green space more accessible to all city residents, thereby creating a healthy environment that will promote community social connections, physical activity, and positive health outcomes.
Recent Grant Awards
- BHCare - $80,000 to support a Medication Assisted Therapy program at clinics in Ansonia and Branford to address the opioid epidemic.
- Bridges Healthcare, Inc. - $50,000 to provide general operating support for a comprehensive range of prevention, mental health and addiction recovery programs for adults, children and families.
- Circle of Care for Families of Children with Cancer Inc.- $14,000 to support the Lifeline Emergency Fund which provides financial assistance to families in Greater New Haven with children in treatment for cancer and undergoing a financial crisis as a result of their child's treatment.
- Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic - $40,000 to increase capacity to serve children and families by pursuing a merger and developing a strategic partnership with the Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County.
- Connecticut Healthcare Research and Education Foundation, Inc. - $36,000 to support the implementation of an education and training program that informs hospitals, community-based practices and patients about strategies to avoid and address opioid misuse.
- Connection, Inc.- $20,000 to support programmatic and physical building needs of 525-529 Whalley Avenue which houses three behavioral health programs that serve individuals diagnosed with psychiatric and/or substance use disorders.
- Continuum of Care, Inc. - $50,000 to provide general operating support to help individuals who are challenged with mental illnesses, intellectual disabilities and/or struggling with addiction live productive lives.
- Cornell Scott Hill Health Corporation - $35,000 to support a recruitment effort for a psychiatric provider to serve adult clients, who will be mostly low-income, racial and/or ethnic minority individuals.
- Fair Haven Community Health Center - $150,000 to provide general operating support for comprehensive primary healthcare and dental care to low-income Greater New Haven residents.
- Foundation for the Arts and Trauma - $120,000 to support the ALIVE program which will provide preventive, trauma-informed services to middle-school students at Barnard Elementary School in New Haven in order to reduce disciplinary actions and involvement with the criminal justice system.
- Gaylord Hospital - $120,000 to support renovations to patient rooms and wings to include updated modern efficiencies and amenities that improve the care and comfort of patients and families.
- Project Access of New Haven - $180,000 to provide general operating support to increase access to specialty medical care and services for underserved individuals in the Greater New Haven area.
- Rape Crisis Center of Milford, Inc. - $45,000 to provide general operating support for educational programming to end sexual assault and for comprehensive and culturally competent sexual assault victim services.
- Vantage Group, Inc. - $16,550 to support educational programs for Spanish-speaking parents from New Haven who have a child who has (or is suspected to have) Autism Spectrum Disorder.