Cornerstones of Care – Healthy Families Home Visitation Program ($10,000)
Cornerstones of Care provides an array of quality preventative, treatment, and support services for low-income children and their families. The Healthy Families Home Visitation Program is a child abuse and neglect prevention program that provides fragile families with voluntary, in-home education and parenting support during their child’s most significant developmental stage, from prenatal to age three. This program will serve an average of 50-60 families per year in the Liberty Hospital service area.
The Coterie – The Dramatic Health Education Project ($5,000)
The Coterie is a professional theatre for families and young audiences, which seeks to open the lines of communication between races, sexes, and generations. It offers mainstage performances as well as educational outreach programs. The Dramatic Health Education Project is a workshop given by professional actors and students from the UMKC School of Medicine and KU Med to improve knowledge of STDs/ HIV and discourage high-risk behaviors. Over 400 teenagers in the Liberty Hospital service area will experience this program.
Earnest Shepherd Memorial Youth Center – Outdoor Adventure Programs ($5,500)
The Earnest Shepherd Memorial Youth Center was founded 55 years ago and provides leadership, educational, and recreational programs and facilities for youth that foster character development and a learning laboratory to help youth help themselves. This grant will fund several facets of the Outdoor Adventure programs, including barriers to protect the new Handicap-Accessible Shelter, purchase of an AED, and support of the Radical Challenge program. This program uses a mental strength based approach in working with youth to collaborate, problem-solve, detect strengths, and take positive risks. Over 2,500 youth will benefit from this project, the majority of whom are from the Liberty Hospital service area.
Friends of Clay County CASA, Inc. – Healthy Futures Program ($5,000)
Clay County CASA is comprised of community volunteers appointed by the court to advocate in the best interest of abused and neglected children in Clay County, and affirm their right to a safe and permanent home. The Healthy Futures program focuses on the physical activity, mental health, and oral health of foster children by providing access to extracurricular activities – including athletics, arts, camps, and cultural activities and much needed orthodontia care for two identified children who are ineligible for Medicaid. This program will promote self-esteem, enhance social skills, and create a sense of accomplishment and belonging for children who are seeking stability and identity during a time of chaos. Approximately 150 children from the Liberty Hospital service area will be served by this program.
In As Much Ministry – Health and Nutritional Well-Being ($10,000)
In As Much Ministry provides food and emergency services to low-income and homeless persons, with the goal of improving the general health and welfare of families and individuals in need. The LiveWell grant funding will allow the organization to increase food purchases and milk vouchers, as well as expand offerings for special dietary needs including: gluten free, dairy free, and sugar free which are a crucial health component for a growing number of clients. The grant will increase the food budget by 15 – 25% and help meet the needs of over 4,000 people in Clay County.
Liberty Community Health Action Team – LCHAT ($15,000)
The Liberty Community Health Action Team (LCHAT) is a partnership among the City of Liberty Parks and Recreation Department, Liberty Hospital, Liberty Public Schools, and the Clay County Public Health Center. LCHAT is a community health coalition whose mission is to create a community in which the healthy choice is the easy and preferred choice. In the last year, key outcomes included: policy changes in food options and their nutritional value in Liberty Public Schools, inclusion of health and physical activity in park rejuvenation plans, and adoption of the Trails and Greenways Master Plan revision.
Liberty Early Childhood Center – OWL Accessible Playground ($4,500)
The Outside We Learn (OWL) Accessible playground at the Early Childhood Center will allow children of varying levels of physical ability to interact with each other, promote development of meaningful social relationships, improve self-directed mobility, and encourage a lifetime of appreciation for movement and health. Over 350 students will benefit from new equipment and structures, including a hand tricycle to accommodate students with differing abilities, various outdoor instruments, and an ADA fun hoop.
Miles of Smiles, Inc. – School-Based Safety Net Oral Healthcare for Children ($5,000)
Miles of Smiles provides comprehensive, portable dental treatment in community and school-based settings for needy children living in Clay and Platte counties. The grant will help provide a free preventative dental appointment, complete treatment plan for restorative dental care, and follow up visits for up to 3,000 students in the Northland. This school-based program targets under-served and under-insured students, who show a 50% increase in oral health after services and also increase access to oral health care and increased enrollment in Medicaid for other health insurance benefits.
Northland Shepherd’s Center – BreakTime Club ($5,000)
Northland Shepherd’s Center’s mission is to improve the lives of older adults while helping them to age in place. BreakTime Club generates a double-benefit for the Liberty Hospital community. It offers a social opportunity for frail, low-income seniors (some with physical or mental limitations) in a safe, enriching environment, as well as a weekly break for full-time caregivers while knowing their loved ones are in a secure, caring setting. Both generations cite a reduction of mental stress and improved quality of life from this program. BreakTime club over the last year recorded over 500 visits – and average weekly participation of around 40 caregivers and 40 seniors.
Rebuilding Together Clay County – Safe at Home ($10,000)
Safe at Home strives to create safe and accessible living environments for clients, most of whom are vulnerable and under-served homeowners who are not physically or financially able to make safety modifications themselves. Occupational and Physical therapists from local hospitals, including Liberty, conduct home safety assessments and recommend modifications for each client. Rebuilding Together Clay County staff and volunteers then complete the modifications, which include: wheelchair ramps, tub transfer benches, handrails, grab bars, and hand-held showers. This program greatly reduces the risk of future injuries and expensive hospital readmissions to at-risk homeowners in our community.
The Call KC – Education Initiative ($15,000)
The Call KC creates positive social change by connecting compassionate individuals with local organizations in need of their time and energy. The Education Initiative will improve Clay County’s overall health – mind, body, and soul – by increasing active community service among its youth. The grant will fund a dedicated staff person to manage weekly volunteer efforts through Liberty-area groups such as Liberty Hospital, Liberty Public Schools, and William Jewell College with the goal of filling 2,000 – 3,000 volunteer opportunities and improving the health and quality of life of those in the community.
Tri-County Mental Health Services – Trauma Awareness ($10,000)
The mission of Tri-County Mental Health Services is to provide preventative and recovery-oriented mental health and substance use services in an integrated approach that addresses one’s emotional and physical well-being. The LiveWell grant will support a program to help increase the effectiveness of services provided by increasing awareness of trauma and its impact on those served by the organization, the staff, and community. Funding will be provided for: educational materials about trauma-informed care for the community, providing learning opportunities with expert speakers, and promoting a welcoming environment within the facility, including learning and resiliency activities inside the agency. Tri-County Mental Health Services will serve at least 500 staff at their organization as well as police departments, school districts, primary care and other services providers. In addition, over 8,000 individuals assisted by these agencies will benefit from their training on trauma-informed care.