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Center for Health Equity Announces Grant Winners

Monday July 28, 2008

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – (July 28, 2008) The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness’s Center for Health Equity has awarded eight local organizations a total of $40,000 under the Building Civic Capacity for Policymaking Grant Program. The program provides grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 for local initiatives that reduce health inequities among minority and lower socio-economic populations. 

Public Health and Wellness Department Director Dr. Adewale Troutman said, “The Building Civic Capacity for Policymaking Grant Program engages grass roots organizations in the work of overcoming health inequities. While the dollar amount of each grant may seem relatively small, over time, the synergies created by these projects will lead to a better community for all of us.” The grant winners are:

Community Farm Alliance - $9,000

To organize west Louisville residents around issues of access to fresh produce and other healthy foods.  Project Lead: Karyn Moskowitz, www.communityfarmalliance.org

2NOT1 - $9,000

To work with fathers and families on issues of healthy relationships, mental wellness, child support regulations and overall health.  The project will organize a leadership conference in October and will conduct a series of fatherhood discussions. Project Lead: Shawn Gardner, www.2not1.org

Women of Vision and Purpose Inc. - $9,000

To conduct forums and mentoring among women who have experienced some form of abuse. Project Lead: Nina Carter-Stum, wvpservices@aol.com

Project One, Inc - $8,000

To establish a youth advisory board, a youth health summit, and workshops for young people living in west Louisville around such issues as health equity and jobs for youth. Project Lead: Dr. Charles King, kingcmep1@aol.com

Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression - $3,000

To conduct the Emerging Leaders Empowerment Program. The program conducts forums for young people ages 13 to 18 on issues of leadership and empowerment. Project lead: Gracie Lewis, www.louisvillepeace.org/kyalliance.html

Strothers Association - $1,000

To conduct a community forum and follow-up on the issue of gun violence. Project Lead: Luther Brown, Jr., llbrownjr@yahoo.com.

Stewart Staff Inc. - $500

To host an annual community breakfast in honor of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The breakfast also recognizes current and past social justice initiatives. Project Lead: John Mark Eberhardt, www.stewardstaff.org

Bloom Where You’re Planted - $500

To produce the manual Volunteer Work: Your Best Antidote to the Stigma of Mental Illness. The manual advocates civic engagement as a way of improving mental well-being.  Project Lead: Julie Segal, jdsegal@earthlink.net.