Vidant Chowan Foundation hands $100K in grants


By Nicole Bowman-Layton
Chowan Herald

Thursday, August 15, 2019

EDENTON — The Vidant Chowan Hospital Foundation recently handed out $100,000 in grants to more than 20 nonprofits and government agencies in four counties to help improve the health and well-being of area residents.

The Vidant Chowan Hospital Foundation made the grants to groups in Chowan, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties during its 14th annual Community Benefits Grant Program on Friday, Aug. 9.

Some of the grants supported food initiatives, while others went toward swimming classes for elementary-school students. Another grant went for an opioid-treatment program.

Brian Harvill, hospital president and foundation treasurer, said the grants award ceremony is one of the hospital’s favorite days of the year.

Tyrrell County agencies and groups received a total of nine grants, the most it has ever received. County Manager David Clegg said Tyrrell has been aggressive in its efforts to improve the quality of life for residents.

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

Julie Solesbee and Kate Thomas of Perquimans County Emergency Medical Services accepted a Vidant Chowan Hospital Foundation grant for the agency’s Post-overdose Response Team. The grant will help Perquimans EMS to continue a follow-up, five-week program that helps overdose patients receive treatment for their addiction. Since May 29, the EMS has administered 61 milligrams of Narcan, an anti-overdose medication, to 13 persons suspected of overdosing on either opioids or heroin.

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

Marianne Smith Bargus of Food Bank of the Albemarle said one grant her agency received will help get farmers’ products to the tables of the region’s hungry. The grant will help the food bank serve about 900,000 meals this year, she said. Another grant is for the food bank’s Pines Elementary Backpack Program that provides food for low-income children on weekends.

The following is a listing of the other agencies receiving grants from the hospital foundation:

• Albemarle Regional Health Services for its 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 for its diabetes control program. The grant will help provide a year’s funding for glucose monitoring for low-income patients.

• Edenton-Chowan Farmers Market’s Educational Paths for Healthier Residents program. The grant will help the farmers market provide education about healthy eating during “pop-up” markets at housing developments.

• Tyrrell County’s Care to Ride transportation program. The grant will help provide more consistent transportation for Tyrrell residents traveling to Edenton for medical appointments.

• Martin, Tyrrell and Washington Health Department’s Health Access Project. The grant will help the department re-establish a primary physician program.

• Mental Heath American of Eastern Carolina’s Peer Navigation program. The grant will help those who have recently been incarcerated or in trouble with the law transition back into the community.

• Chowan County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Grow to Eat program. The grant will provide vegetable plants to recipients of food from the Edenton-Chowan Food Pantry. The center’s Master Food Volunteers also received a grant to help train volunteers to give community presentations on health-eating habits. The center’s 4-H Junior Chefs program also received a grant to teach youth how to make healthy food choices and prepare healthy meals. Its Youth EFNAP program also got a grant to provides children ages 5-19 in Chowan and Perquimans counties age-appropriate lessons on healthy food choices.

• Tyrrell County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Home Preservation of Local Foods program. The grant will help teaches residents to can and preserve locally grown foods. The 4-H Cook Smart/Eat Smart program also received a grant to help teach residents how to create healthy meals.

• NC Med Assist’s free pharmacy program for low-income residents. The grant will provide free medications to low-income residents.

• Town of Edenton. The grant will pay for an automated external defibrillator for the Edenton Police Department to station at its office on North Oakum Street as well as use when responding to emergencies.

• Roanoke-Chowan Community Health Center’s Creswell Primary Care Clinic. The grant will provide a prescription-assistance program, as well as eye exams and glucose strips for diabetic patients.

• Boys and Girls Club of the Albemarle/Edenton Unit’s Triple Play program. The grant will fund a program designed to help youth take charge of their personal health and wellness.

• Chowan-Perquimans Smart Start’s Healthy Mom, Health Baby program. The grant will fund creation of a health education curriculum for both new moms and those who are pregnant.

• Edenton-Chowan Recreation Department’s Cubbies’ Water Buddies program. The grant will help White Oak Elementary second-graders learn to swim.

• Perquimans County School Foundation’s Water Turtles program. The grant will help teach kindergartners in Perquimans County how to swim at the Albemarle Family YMCA.

• Tyrrell County Board of Education’s Kinder Swim Program. The grant will help teach kindergartners in the Tyrrell schools to swim at the county 4-H camp.

• Inner Banks Hotline’s Teen Pressure program. The grant is designed to help the hotline help teen navigate peer pressure.

•Tyrrell-Washington Partnership for Children’s Sport Vision Screener program. The grant will help detect vision problems for children in pre-K through 5th grade.

• Albemarle Commission’s Meals on Wheels. The grant will help provide food to home-bound senior citizens.

• Care Givers Day Out, Inc.’s Care Givers Day Out Program. The grant will help provide a two-days-a-week respite for caregivers.

• Tyrrell County’s Senior Adult Fitness program. The grant will provide exercise equipment at the county’s senior center.

• Washington County Senior Center’s Nutrition Program Revitalization program. The grant will help purchase new kitchen equipment for meal preparation.

Contact Nicole Bowman-Layton at nlayton@ncweeklies.com.