Chowan Hospital Foundation awards $100,000 in grants

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(L-r) Tyrrell County Manager David Clegg, Chowan Hospital Foundation Executive Director Ginny Waff and Foundation board member Leroy Spivey smile as Tyrrell County was awarded nine health and wellness grants.



Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Several nonprofits and government agencies received grants to help improve the health and well-being of residents in four counties Friday, Aug. 9.

The Chowan Hospital Foundation awarded its 14th annual Community Benefits Grand Program during a ceremony in the hospital’s classrooms. The awards were given to groups that serve Chowan, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties.

Various agencies received a total of $100,000, given to the foundation through Vidant Health. Some grants supported food initiatives, while others went toward swimming classes for elementary-school students or opioid-treatment programs. 

Brian Harvill, hospital president and foundation treasurer, said that the grant awarding ceremony was one of the hospital’s most favorite days of the year.

Among the highlights, Tyrrell County agencies received nine grants, the most the county has ever received.

David Clegg, Tyrrell County manager, noted how the county has been aggressive in improving the quality of life for its residents.

“Our farmers have been so busy making food for others that they don’t remember how to make good, healthy food for themselves,” he said. “We’re showing younger people that locally produced food is cool again.”

Julie Solesbee and Kate Thomas, with the Perquimans County EMS accepted the grant for the agency’s opioid program. Since May 29, the EMS administered 61 milligrams of NARCAN, an anti-overdose medication, for 13 overdoses, three were called out initially as cardiac arrest.

The grant will allow the EMS to continue a follow-up program with overdose patients. The five-week program will help the patients receive treatment for their addiction.

“A lot of patients don’t think people care enough to help them. This program will help break that stigma,” Solesbee said.

Swimming programs for elementary students in Chowan, Perquimans and Tyrrell counties received grants.

Marianne Smith Bargus, of the Food Bank of the Albemarle, noted how the grant money her agency received will help get food sitting in farmer’s property to tables of those in need in the agency’s service area. The grant will help them serve about 900,000 meals this year.

The grants have been broken up by age group. A description of what the grant will go toward follows the name of the recipient.

All ages

* Albemarle Regional Health Services: Chowan/Perquimans Get Fit! program. According to Amanda Betts, the grant will help the agency expand the program to Pasquotank County and Elizabeth City

* Columbia Medical Center: Diabetes control. Provides glucose monitoring for at least 12 months for low-income patients.

*Edenton-Chowan Farmers Market: Educational Paths for Healthier Residents. Allows the Farmers Market to provide education on healthy eating during pop-up markets at local housing developments.

* Food Bank of the Albemarle: Supplemental Food in four-county service area. Allows the agency to get some of the produce sitting in local farmers’ field into the hands of those can use it for food. 

* Hyde County Transportation: Care to Ride. Provide more consistent transportation to those in Tyrrell County who travel to Edenton for medical appointments.

* Martin, Tyrell and Washington Health Department: Health Access Project. Helps re-establish a primary physician program in the department.

* Mental Heath American of Eastern Carolina: Peer Navigation. Supports transition for those who have recently been incarcerated or in trouble with the law.

* NC Cooperative Extension: Chowan County Grow to Eat program. Provides vegetable plants to those who receive food from the Edenton-Chowan Food Pantry.

* NC Cooperative Extension: Chowan County Master Food Volunteers. Trains volunteers to give presentations on health-eating habits throughout the community.

* NC Cooperative Extension: Tyrrell County 4-H Home Preservation of Local Foods. Teaches residents to can and preserve locally grown foods.

* NC Cooperative Extension: Tyrrell County 4-H Cook Smart/Eat Smart. Teaches residents to create healthy meals.

* NC Med Assist: Free Pharmacy Program for Low-Income Residents. Provides free medication to low-income residents.

* Perquimans County EMS: Post-overdose Response Team. Provides additional support after someone has been treated for an overdose.

* Town of Edenton: Automated external defibrillator for the Edenton Police Department. Allows the agency to keep a device at the department’s office on North Oakum Street as well as a device for its vehicles when responding to emergencies.

* Roanoke-Chowan Community Health Center: Creswell Primary Care Clinic. Provides a prescription assistance program, as well as eye exams and glucose strips for diabetics.


* Boys and Girls Club of the Albemarle/Edenton Unit: Funds Triple Play, a wellness program that is designed to help youth create opportunities to take charge of their personal health and wellness.

* Chowan-Perquimans Smart Start: Health Mom, Health Baby program. Funds the creation of a health education curriculum for expectant and new mothers.

* Edenton-Chowan Recreation Department: Cubbies’ Water Buddies. Teaches White Oak second-graders to swim early in the school year. This upcoming session will be held during one week at two locations, so all of the kids can learn at one time.

* Food Bank of the Albemarle: Pines Elementary Backpack Program. Provide food for low-income children during the weekends.

* Inner Banks Hotline: Teen Pressure. Helps teens navigate peer-pressure.

* NC Cooperative Extenion: Chowan County 4-H Junior Chefs. Teaches youths how to make health food choices and how to prepare healthy meals.

* NC Cooperative Extension: Chowan County Youth EFNAP. Provides children ages 5-19 in Chowan and Perquimans counties age-appropriate lessons on healthy food choices.

* Perquimans County School Foundation: Water Turtles. Teaches kindergartners in Perquimans County how to swim at the Elizabeth City YMCA.

* Tyrrell County Board of Education: Kinder Swim Program. Teaches Tyrrell County kindergartners how to swim at the 4-H Camp.

* Tyrrell-Washington partnership for Children: Sport vision screener. Detects vision problems for children in PreK through fifth grade.

Senior Adults

* Albemarle Development Corporation: Meals on Wheels. Help provide food to home-bound senior citizens.

* Care Givers Day Out, Inc: Care Givers Day Out Program. Provide respite for caregivers two days a week.

* Tyrrell County: Senior Adult Fitness. Provide exercise equipment and program at the county’s senior center.

* Washington County Senior Center: Nutrition Program Revitalization. Purchase new kitchen equipment so the center can provide meals.