Alegent Health Catalyst Fund Transitions, Pledging $3.5 Million to 19 Area Non-Profit Organizations
Release Date: 07/18/2007

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OMAHA, Neb. – Alegent Health’s Catalyst Fund—formally the Community Benefit Trust (CBT)—has pledged $3.5 million in grants to 19 area non-profit agencies. More than $500,000 of that money is going to the Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless (MACCH) to continue support for the area’s homeless population. Recently, there has been some confusion regarding the continued funding of area day shelters for the homeless. However, Alegent Health was able to honor the majority of MACCH’s funding request, which did not include a specific request for day shelter funding.

The CBT—launched by the Alegent Health Board of Directors three years ago—was intended to create tangible and measurable health improvements in some of the region’s most vulnerable populations in the metro communities and surrounding area by forging innovative partnerships with non-profit organizations. Although the CBT has proved to be an incredible resource—awarding $17 million in grants and providing assistance to tens of thousands of the area’s underserved—the Board recently announced plans to sharpen the Trust’s focus in an effort to make an even more significant impact on the important health needs of our community. Thus, the Catalyst Fund was established, focusing on early childhood health needs, with an initial emphasis on childhood nutrition and activity.

During the CBT’s transition to the Catalyst fund, Alegent Health remains committed to supporting the needs of the community, therefore setting aside funds to help programs previously supported by the Trust achieve sustainability. Grant requests for $4.5 million were received from 26 agencies and after careful review against the grant criteria, 19 agencies were selected.

Alegent Health will hold one final grant cycle later this year aimed at nine agencies whose programs were funded in January of this year and meet the criteria set forward by the Catalyst Fund. This will ensure that those agencies can continue to provide services while achieving new funding sources over the following year.

The following is the full list of the organizations receiving grants, along with proposal names and grant amounts: (Organizations with an asterisk are receiving second year and those with two asterisks are receiving third year grant funding).

Camp Fire USA and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands*
Juntas Viviendo Una Vida Saludable (Together Living a Healthy Life) — promoting healthy lifestyles for Hispanic girls through asset-based group programming and one-on-one mentoring

Center for Holistic Development, Inc. (CHD)*
Childhood Mental Health Consultation— comprehensive effort to address behavioral needs of preschool children

Child Saving Institute (CSI)**
First Time Parents— continue maintenance and success of current Young Parents Program, a prevention and early intervention service for young parents

Substance Abuse Training Initiative—develop a methamphetamine treatment training program for substance abuse treatment and criminal justice professionals

Douglas County Health Department (DCHD)*
Latinas en Accion: Talking Health Promotion to Immigrant Women— promote a health and fitness program among Latina women

Hope Medical Outreach Coalition*
Access to Affordable Medication for the Uninsured— assist in expanding the pharmacy program and providing health information for the uninsured

Immanuel Medical Center Level III/School Program*
Integrated Mental Health Services to Elementary Schools—sustain Mental Health Services in four local elementary schools

Leavenworth Neighborhood Association*
Diabetes Prevention through Community Partnership— implement a neighborhood diabetes prevention program

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska*
Community Capacity and Resource Strengthening for New Americans—develop the community continuum of care for immigrants and refugees

Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless*
Care for the Homeless— provide funding for an umbrella organization that will coordinate community resources for Omaha’s homeless population

NAF Multicultural Human Development Corporation**
Viva Sano— continue to strengthen the educational programs targeting Hispanics residing in Schuyler, Neb.

Nebraska AIDS Project*
One Community Outreach Program— offer outreach programs aimed at reducing risk of HIV infection among minority and disadvantaged communities

Omaha Hearing School*
New Generation Educational Resources Fund— develop and implement a fund for deaf children to be able to access sound and appropriate educational resources

OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc.**
Behavioral Health Care Project— continue access to behavioral health services to individuals and families affected by multiple cultural, linguistic, economic and transportation barriers by increasing behavioral health system capacity

Our Healthy Community Partnership**
Club Possible: Building Attitudes Today for an Active Tomorrow— continue strengthening the program that improves the health of youths by encouraging activities and behaviors that shape healthy lifestyles

Stephen Center**
HERO Treatment Program— expand program for Homeless and low income Individuals with a Co-Occurring diagnosis

Together Inc. of Metropolitan Omaha*
Metro Food Security NET— maintain partnerships with local restaurants to allow excess food to be redistributed to homeless shelters and food pantries

Visiting Nurses Association of Omaha**
MCH Home Visitation Program in South Omaha— expand its Maternal Child Health Home Visitation Program to the Spanish-speaking population

Women’s Fund of Greater Omaha*
STD Public Information Campaign— continue sustaining a comprehensive STD Public Information Campaign, designed to raise awareness about STDs and the importance of getting tested