Saint John’s Health Center Foundation, through its Community Impact Fund, is distributing more than $1.2 million to Westside community health partners serving vulnerable and underserved populations. The grants were presented today.
Chaired by Saint John’s Health Center Foundation trustee Carl W. McKinzie, the Community Impact Fund Advisory Committee awarded grants to Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica, Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters, CLARE Foundation, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness, Safe Place for Youth, Santa Monica Family YMCA, Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation, The People Concern, UCLA Health/Sound Body Sound Mind, UCLA/VA Family Resource and Well-Being Center and the Westside Food Bank, as well as Providence Saint John’s Health Center’s Child and Family Development Center, Community Health Partnership Program, Community Health Education Program, Homeless Care Navigation Program and the John Wayne Cancer Institute Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program.
“We are pleased to make these investments in better health and better lives for so many people in need,” McKinzie said. “These funds will do an enormous amount of good in our local communities by increasing access to health care and supportive services for many vulnerable populations.”
The Community Impact Fund was created when the sponsorship of Saint John’s transitioned from the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth to Providence Health & Services in 2014. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant requests; the advisory committee identifies and reviews candidates for funding based on community needs and organizational capability and capacity.
“As an institution, Providence Saint John’s Health Center has a long legacy of caring for poor, vulnerable and underserved populations,” said Robert O. Klein, president and CEO of Saint John’s Health Center Foundation. “This is one means by which we are able to empower community partners to join with us in improving community health and welfare.”
About Saint John’s Health Center Foundation:
The Saint John’s Health Center Foundation provides leadership and philanthropic support for Providence Saint John’s Health Center, the John Wayne Cancer Institute and the Pacific Neuroscience Institute, that serve as catalysts for exceptional health care and research.