Coalition tackles new programming with three-year Harvest grant

January 28, 2016

The Harvest Foundation recently approved three-year grant totaling $2,579,465 to the Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness.

The grant will focus on providing affordable and quality healthcare to uninsured and underinsured citizens through Bassett Family Practice. It also continues expansion of the Health Connect network to improve access to health care and aid care coordination in patients dealing with chronic disease management.

In addition, Harvest funding will help the Coalition develop and launch a bi-directional network to transition patients into work training or employment assistance programs once their health has stabilized.

“Through preventative initiatives and the continuum of care that the Coalition promotes, such as our Ladies First breast health initiative, diabetes self-management classes, free exercise classes and our MedAssist program, we feel that we can help people who use the services get and stay on the right track to enhancing their own overall health and wellness,” said Brittany Anthony, director of marketing, development and community relations for the Coalition.

It is critical, Anthony added, for individuals to be proactive and invest in their own health and wellness to manage and prevent chronic diseases rather than later treating those diseases.

“When patients invest in their health and wellness,” she said, “they have a much higher chance at increasing their capabilities to continue their lives in the working world. It’s all about demonstrating the impact and moving the needle in our community.”

The Coalition also is working toward implanting a bilingual community initiative to address health barriers and encourage chronic disease self-management for the Latino population. Breaking down communication barriers remains a priority, according to Anthony.

“We routinely reach out to the Latino population at events and activities they frequent to ensure they have access to appropriate education and reliable information,” she said. “We accomplish this through our five bilingual employees at the Bassett Family Practice who translate so we can effectively engage them in their health and wellness needs. Latinos make up approximately 19 percent of our patients, and they are the fastest growing segment of our clientele.”

Over the last decade, the Coalition has built a comprehensive healthcare network that effectively serves and coordinates care for thousands of uninsured and underinsured citizens of Martinsville and Henry County. Bassett Family Practice serves around 4,000 low-income families annually, and has leveraged roughly $18 million in local, regional, state and federal dollars for the area.

The organization was nationally recognized in 2015 by Virginia’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) receiving a grant award of $147,771. This was the largest award given to any center in Virginia as part of $63.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding. Across the nation, 1,153 centers received awards for providing high quality, comprehensive care.

“The Coalition’s mission is to provide access to medical and other health related services for uninsured and underinsured members of our community,” Anthony said. “Our partnership with the Harvest Foundation enables us to continue this important work, and, through the many services we offer, have a positive impact on the lives of area residents.”

The Harvest Foundation recognizes the accomplishments achieved by the Coalition in forging strong, lasting relationships with local, regional and state entities, and working to solicit significant amounts of outside revenue to sustain its operations.

“The Coalition for Health and Wellness has built an intricate system over the last decade that effectively works to improve the health of individuals, families and our community,” said Sheryl Agee, Harvest impact officer and team leader. “They have shown impactful results as an organization, and we are excited about our continued partnership as they expand their focus on prevention and wellness to further strengthen the health of our community.”


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