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Highmark Foundation awards $775,000 in grants to nonprofits in western and central Pennsylvania

Feb. 19, 2015 | Pittsburgh, Pa.

PITTSBURGH (Feb. 19, 2015) —The Highmark Foundation has awarded $775,000 in grants to five nonprofit organizations to support programs and services that improve personal health and wellness. The grants will help the organizations to evaluate health care needs and increase access to care for people in Allegheny, York and Lebanon counties.

The grantees and their grants are:

  • Allegheny County Health Department, Pittsburgh: $175,000
    Survey county residents about health-related issues with results used to assist the county, hospitals and other entities with improving public health; support policy proposals; and plan programs and services to meet residents' needs
  • Allegheny Health Network, Monroeville and Pittsburgh: $200,000
    Expand retinal screenings for patients with diabetes through two new diabetes centers at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, and Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville
  • The Children's Home & Lemieux Family Center, Pittsburgh: $200,000
    Provide high-quality health care for 450 additional medically fragile patients at the home's Pediatric Specialty Hospital with the addition of four registered nurses
  • Family First Health Corporation, York: $50,000
    Develop a strategy and identify potential solutions to overcome barriers to access to lab services for people living and working in York
  • Welsh Mountain Health Centers, New Holland: $150,000
    Provide oral health services for underserved and uninsured Lebanon County residents by integrating dental services with primary care at Lebanon Ridge Community Health Center

"These grants will fund programs that aim to improve community health and the lives of individuals and families," said Yvonne Cook, president of the Highmark Foundation. "We applaud these organizations for working hard to achieve better health in the community, and we're proud to support their efforts."

The Highmark Foundation's grants totaled approximately $4 million in 2014, supporting health-focused programs in western Pennsylvania, central Pennsylvania, the Lehigh Valley and West Virginia. In the last decade, the Foundation's giving has amounted to more than $100 million in grants, scholarships and programs.

About the Highmark Foundation

The Highmark Foundation is a private, charitable organization of Highmark Inc. that supports initiatives and programs aimed at improving community health. The Foundation's mission is to improve the health, well-being and quality of life for individuals who reside in the communities served by Highmark Inc. The Foundation strives to support evidence-based programs that impact multiple counties and work collaboratively to leverage additional funding to achieve replicable models. For more information, visit


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