Shepherds Hope-The Orlando Times

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Shepherds Hope



WINTER GARDEN – Shepherd’s Hope today announcedit is among 40 awardees across 20 U.S. states that received a grant from Direct Relief’s Fund for HealthEquity, which mobilizes financial resources for organizations focused on non‐clinical interventions thataffect a person's health. Commonly known as the social determinants of health, these factors include anindividual’s physical, social, political, cultural, and economic environment. 

The grant of $250,000 from the Fund for Health Equity will be used for to help build infrastructure toimprove the continuum and access to care in Black and Brown communities while also building awhole‐person approach to patient care with the development of lifestyle modification programs likeHealthy Eating Active Lifestyle (HEAL). 

“This generous gift allows Shepherd’s Hope to offer free acute and specialty healthcare and medicalservices to the uninsured and underinsured in Central Florida,” said President & CEO, PamGould. “Additionally, Shepherd’s Hope will continue to serve the health and well‐being of our neighborsby educating patients on how to manage their medications and offer lifestyle education and positivemodifications through the HEAL pilot program.” 

The 40 awardees included in today's announcement received funding for a wide range of initiatives,including efforts to diversify the healthcare workforce, serve people experiencing homelessness, sustainand restore Indigenous health practices, and reduce infant mortality rates that fall disproportionallyalong racial and ethnic lines. 

"We are pleased to bolster the indispensable work of these grassroots organizations striving to reducedisparities and increase equity among vulnerable populations," said Dr. Byron Scott, MD, MBA, Co‐Chair of the Fund for Health Equity and Board Director of Direct Relief and Chair of its MedicalAdvisory Council. "With their deep ties and particular insights into the people and communities theyserve, these groups are best suited and most acutely aware of what can make a difference – and it’s aprivilege to be able to enable them to do more of it with philanthropic funding that is often difficult tosecure within their local communities." 

The awardees were selected by the Fund for Health Equity's Advisory Council, which includes thefollowing members: 

Co‐Chair Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, 18th U.S. Surgeon General of the United States, FounderBayou Clinic, Inc. 

Co‐Chair Byron Scott, MD, MBA, Board Director of Direct Relief and Chair of its Medical AdvisoryCouncil 

Martha Dawson, DNP, MSN, RN, FACHE, President of the National Black Nurses Association,Associate Professor the University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Jane Delgado, Ph.D., MS, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health 

Gail Small, JD, Head Chief Woman, a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe 

The grants announced today follow $1.8 million in funding issued by Direct Relief’s Fund for HealthEquity last month, with support from the AbbVie Foundation. 

To learn more about the impact this gift will make on the community, please reach out