SANTA CRUZ -- Dignity Health, through Dominican Hospital, has awarded more than $155,000 in grants to eight nonprofits dedicated to improving health, according to Martina O'Sullivan, director of community engagement.
Recipients include: Community Bridges Collaborative for the Health Access Project, which supports optimal use of health benefits and preventive health care for low-income families across Santa Cruz County, primarily targeting farmworkers/service workers and their families. Dientes Community Dental Care for Dientes Cares, serving at least 25 low-income uninsured adults to prevent unnecessary extractions and the need for emergency treatment. Health Improvement Partnership for Healthy Kids of Santa Cruz County, which works to enroll all eligible children in Medi-Cal, Healthy Families and the Healthy Kids plan, providing access to health services. Homeless Services Center for a new Recuperative Care Center, giving homeless adults a place to recuperate following hospitalization. Hospice of Santa Cruz County for the Transitions Program, which addresses the psychosocial, emotional and practical needs of individuals diagnosed with life-limiting illness, their caregivers and families. RotaCare Bay Area for the RotaCare Santa Cruz Clinic, which provides health care services to people who are uninsured or underinsured. Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County for Healthy Families, Healthy Futures, a nutrition education and physical fitness for youth and adults at four low-income housing complexes. United Way of Santa Cruz County for the Jóvenes SANOS Watsonville Healthy Corner Markets Initiative, with a certification program that includes market make-overs and incentives for store owners to offer affordable, healthy options.