HENDERSON — In our seventh year of grantmaking, the Triangle North Healthcare Foundation’s Board of Directors has awarded nine grants totaling $325,000 for programs that will promote health and healthy lifestyles throughout the region.

Since beginning grantmaking in 2013, the Foundation has invested over $2 million in grants for improving health throughout the four counties in our region — Vance, Warren, Granville and Franklin.

The nine new grant awards for this year fall into one or more of the foundation’s five focus areas, which are child well-being, chronic disease, mental health and substance use disorder, nutrition and physical fitness, and reproductive health.

The grantees will provide a broad range of approaches to improving health — programs that heal and support victims of trauma; programs that teach and promote healthy lifestyles and choices; and programs that provide care, treatment, and support for those with addiction disorders.

TNHF is proud to announce the grant recipients and their projects for 2020-21:

• N.C. Med Assist — Mobile and Free Pharmacy Services for Low Income, Uninsured in the TNHF Region provides free medications via mail for low income and uninsured individuals in the Triangle North Region. In addition, an over-the-counter medicine giveaway will be implemented in 2021 in Vance County.

• Shepherd Youth Ranch — Trail to Success provides skill building for youth suffering from grief, loss, abandonment and abuse, using equine therapy with rescued horses. Partial scholarships will be provided to 10 youth who are referred by the school system or law enforcement who will enter into an intensive 24-week program.

• Strength and Mending (S.a.M) Child Advocacy Center — Child Forensic Interviews provides a centralized, child-centered approach to investigation that reduces the risk of trauma to the children who are victims of abuse; increases opportunities for healing for the child and non-offending family members.

• TROSA (Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers Inc.) — Long-Term Substance Abuse Recovery for Triangle North Residents provides a two-year residential recovery program with treatment, education, vocational training and care for residents of the Triangle North region who suffer from alcohol and substance abuse, free of charge.

A second grant program, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma, and Substance Abuse, TROSA will conduct research and analysis on the trauma history of their residents by using an Adverse Childhood Experiences questionnaire and the Perceived Stress Scale. Utilizing the data they collect, TROSA will incorporate trauma-informed care in all of their programs plus develop and implement a new resilience program for residents.

• Granville-Vance Public Health — Expansion of Pregnancy Prevention Education and Youth-Friendly Reproductive Health Services is a comprehensive sexual health leadership program at Vance County Middle School and with middle school students in Boys & Girls Clubs. In addition, the program will improve the clinical setting at GVPH to expand access to youth-friendly reproductive health services where teens receive acceptable, equitable, effective counseling and services from competent staff that protect the teen’s confidentiality and privacy.

A second grant program, Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder for the Uninsured 2.0 is an expansion of a previously funded program that will increase initial access to medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorder for 15 new uninsured patients at Granville Vance Public Health and expand services to include mental health and comprehensive preventive care.

• Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central N.C. — Triple Play is a daily health & wellness program for ages 5-18 in the Triangle North region that increases the daily physical activity of children, teaching good nutrition and helping them to develop healthy relationships. Activities include helping club members acquire healthy habits such as making smart food choices, understanding portion sizes, and creating fun, balanced meals. The program builds skills related to fitness and positive lifestyle changes.

• Masonic Home for Children at Oxford — Trauma-Informed Model of Care is a staff training program that will ensure all care and services for children at Masonic Home will be evidence-based, trauma informed, and resiliency-focused. Utilizing Cornell University’s Residential Child Care Project to implement and integrate the Children And Residential Experiences (CARE) program model, the training will be led by two professionals from Cornell University who will train five Masonic Home facilitators. Cornell CARE consultants and Masonic Home CARE educators will continue to train new and current staff and implement the model, monitor data collection, and analyze, assess and make recommendations.