Valley Health begins accepting Community Partnership Grant applications

Valley Health is now accepting applications for a Community Partnership Grant from community agencies and nonprofits addressing the region’s health challenges.

A total of $200,000 will be distributed to 11 grants in increments ranging from $2,500 to $100,000.

Proposals for Community Partnership Grants are evaluated based on their potential to impact four health priorities identified by a recent Community Health Needs Assessment.

The 2022 CNHA analyzed over 1,800 surveys, 200 interviews with community leaders, and six community response sessions and found that the areas needing the most attention include:

  • Mental Health and Substance Use
  • Health Behaviors and Chronic Disease
  • Access to Care
  • Social Economic Factors

Valley Health also plans to invest more than $800,000 in other critical partnerships with community health organizations.

Director of Community Health Jason Craig said, “We recognize our community’s health concerns are complex and we cannot solve them alone. Partnering with community agencies enables us to leverage our resources to make a more meaningful impact on persistent health trends and disparities affecting our region.”

2023 recipients include:

  • $100,000
    • Morgan County Partnership
  • $25,000
    • Page Alliance for Community Action
    • Winchester Area Temporary Transitional Shelter
  • $10,000
    • Child Safe Center
    • Concern Hotline
    • Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area
    • Wheels for Wellness
    • Winchester Rescue Mission

For grant application details, click here.

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Camping for Hunger: A Conversation About Community Health

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Today’s conversation on The Valley Today with host, Janet Michael about Valley Health’s Community Health Needs Assessments was pretty eye-opening and insightful. It is part of a community health partnership with Valley Health where Janet talks each month with administrators, physicians, and other Valley Health staff about health topics, events, and the community. Click here to listen to the conversation.

Joining Janet today was Jason Craig, Director of Community Health for Valley Health. He highlighted his professional journey which includes direct experience in social service, education, behavioral health, and healthcare.

They discussed the value of Community Health Needs Assessments to identify and address all the needs surrounding community health. Every three years Valley Health conducts Community Health Needs Assessments for each of their hospitals, identifying priority health needs in the communities they serve. They work with health departments, United Way and other nonprofit agencies, local government officials and other key community stakeholders to learn where gaps in services exist and to identify priorities for action. Each hospital then develops implementation strategies for addressing the identified needs. The draft is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks at which time it will be made public. The results from previous CHNAs can be found by clicking here.

Jason gave examples of the many partnerships they’ve formed with nonprofits, Shenandoah University and other organizations across our communities. He talked of programs focused on workforce development, mental health, substance use, homelessness, and food insecurity. He highlighted a recent $1 million grant awarded to Page Memorial Hospital from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Emergency Rural Health Care Grant Program to remediate the impact of COVID-19 and improve health and access to care in Page County.

The pair also spent some time discussing all the social determinants that play a major role in community health. He spoke of a University of Wisconsin study that highlighted social determinants such as access to healthcare, health behaviors (tobacco use, diet and exercise, alcohol use); physical environment (access to healthy foods, quality of housing, crime and violence); and socioeconomic (education, job status, social support, family support, income, community safety.) He explained that those social determinants can be broken down into five major areas: neighborhood and build environment, health and healthcare, social and community context, education and economic stability.

News Maker Jason Craig of VH on COVID-19 testing locations

As we have mentioned and Gov. Northam has confirmed in an email COVID-19 testing cannot be performed at hospital emergency rooms.

We spoke with Valley Health’s (VH) Director for Community Health Jason Craig about it in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Jason confirms that emergency rooms are for emergency situations and not for COVID testing.

He tells us where test are to be preformed all across our region including Frederick, Warren, Shenandoah and Page Counties.

Jason not only tells us where testing is being done but what has to be done before you get that test.

Click here for Jason’s interview.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

News Maker Jason Craig of VH on COVID-19 testing locations

As we have mentioned and Gov. Northam has confirmed in an email COVID-19 testing cannot be performed at hospital emergency rooms.

We spoke with Valley Health’s (VH) Director for Community Health Jason Craig about it in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Jason confirms that emergency rooms are for emergency situations and not for COVID testing.

He tells us where test are be preformed all across our region including Frederick, Warren, Shenandoah and Page Counties.

Jason not only tells us where testing is being done but what has to be done before you get that test.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.