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Hospital Authority awards $103K in grants
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Health Trust Rockdale, the grant-making division of the Hospital Authority of Rockdale County awarded more than $100,000 in funds to 13 local agencies for charitable healthcare purposes.

HARC's Board of Trustees last week voted to award grants in its first grant cycle of 2014 to 13 nonprofit and government agencies working to improve the physical and mental health of Rockdale County residents.

"The Authority is honored to support the wonderful work of these grant recipients," said HARC Chairman Allan Jones. "They provide much needed physical and mental health services to uninsured and underinsured residents of our community. They meet needs that would otherwise go unmet and, by doing that, they are changing and even saving lives."

Recipients of Health TRUST Rockdale grants for 2014 Grant Cycle I, along with the purpose of each grant, are as follows:

Care & Counseling Center of Georgia - to fund mental health services for underserved communities in Rockdale County

Honor Flight Conyers - to fund the cost of emergency medical technicians accompanying WWII veterans flying to Washington through Honor Flight to visit war memorials.

Oakhurst Medical Centers, Inc. - to assist Oakhurst patients with the costs of specialty referrals

Phoenix Pass, Inc. - to fund the costs associated with a fitness program for clients of Phoenix Pass, a transitional housing program for homeless women and children

Prevent Child Abuse Rockdale - to serve 30 families through PCAR's Rockdale Positive Parenting Program

Project ReNeWal - to provide a counselor for group and individual sessions for Rockdale County victims of domestic violence.

Rockdale Cares - to help fund respite services to assist caregivers of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Rockdale County DUI Court - to assist with identifying, stabilizing and/or improving co-occurring physical and mental health disorders of DUI Court participants

Rockdale County Fire & Rescue - to fund CPR training for staff, volunteers & clients of local nonprofits

Rockdale County Recreation - to fund an adult fitness station at Milstead Park

Rockdale Emergency Relief - to help fund a summer food program for children in low income households

Rockdale Houses for Men & Women - to provide scholarships for indigent Rockdale County residents with addiction problems to participate in the agency's residential treatment program.

Servants of the Lord Meals on Wheels - to help provide meals on Saturdays to homebound and/or poverty stricken Rockdale residents

Health TRUST Rockdale has awarded more than $845,964 since the inception of the grant program in May 2010. The next Health TRUST Rockdale grant cycle kicks off in July, with grant awards to be made in December.

Agencies interested in applying for a grant during the upcoming cycle should contact HARC Executive Director Julie Mills at 770-922-1441 or prior to July 21.

Participation in a pre-proposal conference/orientation session is mandatory for all new applicants. Previous grantees also should register for a pre-proposal conference if they are seeking funds for a program or project not previously funded. If seeking repeat funding, applicants should notify the director of their intent.

The Hospital Authority of Rockdale County oversees Health TRUST Rockdale, a charitable healthcare grant program. The trust was created using proceeds from the 2009 sale of Rockdale Medical Center to LifePoint, Inc. The grant program's priority funding areas include the following:
• Access to Primary Care and Dental Care (for uninsured or underserved residents of Rockdale County)
• Health Screening and Prevention (e.g. heart disease, diabetes, cancer, STDs)
• Family Planning, Prenatal Care and Positive Parenting (for teenage and at risk populations)
• Behavioral/Mental Health Treatment (e.g. depression, substance abuse, family violence)
• Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (for indigent residents in need of transportation to physical and mental healthcare service providers.)
• Healthy Lifestyles (to promote proper nutrition, physical fitness, smoking cessation, etc.)
• Health Professional Education (to address a community need)
• Emergency Response (training and tools to empower citizens to assist others with medical emergencies)
• Respite Care (for children and adults with disabilities)