FORT WAYNE — Parkview Health has received six grants totaling more than $1.2 million from the Indiana Department of Health to improve several community health issues that have been identified as priority areas for Hoosiers.
Parkview’s $1.2 million grants were on $35 million in the first round of statewide funding awarded under the state’s Health Issues and Challenges program, which was created by the Indiana General Assembly in 2021 with funding from the American Rescue Plan Act.
“These funds allow us to create or enhance several programs that go beyond traditional levels of care,” said Dena Jacquay, executive director of Parkview Health. “Parkview continues to look for ways to improve or prevent health issues that impact the well-being of our community. We are grateful for the state support and look forward to seeing the positive results that will flow from these grants. »
Parkview Health is one of more than 150 entities to receive funding for the Health Issues and Challenges program, which focuses on the following priority areas: tobacco use, food insecurity/obesity, lead exposure, hepatitis C, chronic disease ( diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma and cancer), public health prevention programs, substance use disorders and community health workers. Priority was given to applicants who demonstrated high need and high impact in their grant proposals.
The six Parkview grants are described below:
- In the food insecurity category, Parkview received $643,381 to create the Food Assistance and Support Team program. FAST will connect patients and healthcare providers with community/government food assistance programs to improve the health of those identified as food insecure.
- In the chronic disease category, Parkview received $150,000 for an asthma education and management program. This integrated program will include education, environmental home visits and an emergency department recall program.
- Also in the chronic disease category, $148,344 was awarded to the Parkview Neuroscience Outreach Network. Patients with high blood pressure or chronic hypertension will be referred to this program for additional services focused on preventing and reducing the prevalence of cardiovascular disease and the associated risk of stroke.
- Another chronic disease, diabetes, will be treated with a $97,980 grant for a diabetes prevention program. Using the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program program, Parkview’s Corporate Diabetes Services team will identify people with prediabetes and put them on the path to preventing diabetes and other metabolic diseases.
- In the Community Health Worker category, a grant of $149,986 was awarded for a Community Health Worker Program for Pediatric Medical Complexities, which will help families build their own capacity to support their loved ones. medically complex child(ren). As a front-line agent of change, the Community Health Worker will help reduce health disparities for some of the most vulnerable children in underserved communities.
- Also in the community health worker category, Parkview received $94,000 for its oncology patient navigators, a team of social workers with degrees in sociology, psychology and the arts. At Parkview Cancer Institute, navigators help reduce the physical, emotional and financial burden of cancer for every patient and their family.