BHHS Legacy Foundation Awards Nearly $3 Million During First Half of 2019

BHHS Legacy Foundation is proud to announce grant awards for the first half of 2019. Between January and June, nearly $3 million was awarded to support community organizations that work to improve good health.

Approximately 50 organizations and programs received funding, in both the Phoenix and Tri-State regions of the Foundations’ geographic service area. For example, a grant for $125,000 was awarded to Banner Health Foundation to launch the Family-Centered Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome program, which will allow Banner Health’s largest NICUs to implement a new model of treating substance-exposed newborns, reducing the amounts of opioids used and shortening the time to discharge.

A grant for $90,000 was awarded to Brighter Way Institute to expand access to dental care to children in need at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix. This collaboration with Boys & Girls Clubs will significantly expand access to vital dental care for children in the Greater Phoenix region.

To help create the next generation of healthcare workers, Mohave Community College received $125,000 to provide scholarships for nursing and medical allied health students. Since its inception, BHHS Legacy Foundation has provided more than 250 scholarships to MCC students.     

A $100,000 grant to Sojourner Center will support their participation in the Trauma-Informed Certification Program and also provide restorative dental care for clients who have experienced domestic violence. Meanwhile, an award of $15,000 was made to Phoenix Theatre’s Partners that Heal program, which uses specially trained actors to deliver unique play-based, improvisational care to children and families undergoing traumatic medical diagnoses.

In an effort to impact social and cultural change, the Foundation awarded a grant of $25,000 to support Valley Leadership with the important work they are doing to tackle the opioid crisis in Arizona. And a second-year grant of $36,000 was awarded to the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits for their Nonprofit Lifecycles Assessment Workshops to coach nonprofit professionals and their boards on the importance of planning and strategic direction using the seven lifecycles stages curriculum from Dr. Susan Kenny Stevens.

Since 2001, BHHS Legacy Foundation has invested more than $100 million to improve the health and quality of life for those in our community who are most in need. The Foundation supports projects, programs, and organizations in four key areas: increasing access to healthcare; improving community health; expanding Arizona’s healthcare workforce; and strengthening the community.

2019 midyear grant categories and totals are:

  • Increasing access to healthcare: $741,776
  • Improving community health: $603,454
  • Expanding Arizona’s healthcare workforce: $328,700
  • Strengthening the community: $1,304,802.37

To see a full listing of organizations and grant amounts, click here.

A grant from BHHS Legacy Foundation will support the implementation of the Family-Centered Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome program in the Valley, which will allow Banner Health’s largest NICUs to treat substance abuse withdrawal in mothers and babies. Shown here, from left, are Dr. Mohammad Bader, nurse practitioner Lisa Grisham, Banner Health Foundation president & CEO Andy Kramer Petersen, BHHS Legacy Foundation CEO Gerald Wissink and senior VP of program development Mary Thomson.

Backpack Buddies Events Coming Soon

Over the next few weeks, organizations around the state will help thousands of kids from low-income families start the new school year with confidence, thanks to their partnership with BHHS Legacy Connection’s Backpack Buddies program.

In Phoenix, Back-to-School Clothing Drive’s “New Clothes, New Beginnings” annual distribution will take place from July 22 to 26, bringing thousands of Valley children in need to Grand Canyon University to receive new clothing, shoes, school supplies, hygiene items, books, food, and a backpack for the new school year. And thanks to support from BHHS Legacy Foundation, an afternoon/evening distribution session has been specifically reserved for children in foster care so their families can access the event.

In the Tri-State region, from July 12 to 19 and again on Aug. 5, BHHS Legacy Foundation and some 250 volunteers will help more than 2,000 elementary students choose items they will need, such as new sneakers, school uniforms, socks, undergarments, and a backpack filled with hygiene and school supplies. Mohave Community College dental students will also be on hand to distribute Smile Bags generously provided by Delta Dental and teach the students how to properly brush their teeth.

Studies show that having new materials for school has a positive impact on students’ self-esteem, which translates to increased attendance and test scores. Want to make a positive difference in a child’s life and education? Join BHHS Legacy Foundation in supporting these programs today. Click here to donate.

Thanks to Legacy Connection’s Backpack Buddies program, thousands of kids will have new clothes, shoes, and backpacks to start the school year!