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Medical Society awards grants in So. Pittsburgh


Last updated 8/8/2016 at 5:43pm

The Allegheny County Medical Society (ACMS) Foundation has awarded $72,500 in grants to support home and community environments that nurture and develop healthy children and families.

In South Pittsburgh, the grants included:

Hilltop Community Healthcare Center, Mt. Washington: $2,000 per year (second of three years) for Reach Out and Read Program.

In partnership with the National Reach Out and Read organization, the program will provide at-risk youths ages 6 months through 5 years in the south neighborhoods of Pittsburgh with books at their Well Child Preventive visits.

 The National Reach Out and Read organization was founded in 1989 by a group of pediatricians who recognized the tremendous significance of early childhood in setting the stage for learning. The Hilltop Community Healthcare Center Reach Out and Read site was established in 2009 and has given more than 3,000 new, age-appropriate books to children.

“We really appreciate the grant awarded to us by the Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation for Reach Out and Read. All children get a book at their well visits from 6 months to 5 years old, so they have 10 books by the time they are 5. The children smile as soon I give them the book, and it makes them relax before the exam. The books are designed for each specific age, and even the books for babies are designed to be safe to chew on,” said Peter Daly, MD.

 “It really helps to encourage the children and the parents to read together and to see books as a normal part of childhood in some families where the cost may be prohibitive.”

ACHIEVA, South Side: $2,500 for Disability Healthcare Initiative Webinar Series.

The Disability Healthcare Webinar Series is a free educational program that provides hundreds of individuals and families with tools and information that enables them to be informed consumers and patients.

 “ACHIEVA is incredibly grateful for this grant from the Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation for our Disability Webinar Series. These funds will allow us to provide even more on-demand, high-quality education for hundreds of people in need of guidance on disability-related topics,” said Marsha Blanco, president and CEO.

“Having a family member with a disability, and often a chronic medical issue, can be stressful and the daily care giving extremely demanding. This convenient education option will be a benefit for so many who are unable to attend trainings and workshops in person.”

Propel Schools Foundation, South Side: $25,000 for Afterschool Fitness and Nutrition Program.

The grant funding will allow for the development and growth of the program at four of its public charter schools. The proposed program will feature two key themes: healthy eating and movement and exercise. It will enhance the extended day programming for elementary, middle school and high school level students by providing age-appropriate physical education programming as well as nutrition and cooking instruction from an individual expert, focusing on teaching students basic nutrition based on maintaining a healthy diet.

 “Propel Schools’ Afterschool Program is very excited to continue our partnership with the foundation. We are fortunate to receive funding for a second grant year to help reach our important goal of encouraging healthy, lifelong habits in more than 200 K-12 students at five Propel schools,” said Dr. Rosemary Anderson, director of afterschool programs for Propel Schools.

“From swimming and cooking lessons to judo and other fitness activities, our afterschool students and families will gain many opportunities to learn in fun, yet meaningful ways about the importance of nutrition, exercise and wellness.”

“The Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation is thrilled to award these grants to such important projects in the area that promote health and wellness in children and families,” said Lawrence John, MD, ACMS president and chair of the ACMS Foundation Board.

The ACMS Foundation has given more than $2.9 million to various community programs since 1960.

For more information on the ACMS Foundation, contact the Allegheny County Medical Society at 412 -321-5030.


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