The Triangle North Healthcare Foundation is providing funding for the Granville-Vance Public Health dental care program for cancer patients. Foundation Director Val Short, right, presents the check to Wendy Smith, Rhonda Parrish and Health Director Lisa Macon Harrison.

HENDERSON — Triangle North Healthcare Foundation’s board has awarded 12 grants totaling $480,000 for programs that will impact health throughout the region. Since beginning grantmaking in 2013, the foundation has invested over $3.2 million in grants for improving health throughout the four-county region.

The 12 new grant programs will support 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 and will serve residents of Vance, Granville, Warren and Franklin counties.

“This year we are funding programs that will impact the health and well-being of our children and adults from head to toe and we are excited to be a part of such amazing programming,” said Val Short, foundation executive director. “Our hope is that these investments in our communities will reap both short term and long term health and wellness rewards.”

The list of the TNHF grant recipients and their projects for 2021-2022 includes:

• Granville-Vance Public Health: The Caring Fellows Providing Healthy Mouths program will improve overall dental health for patients requiring dental care prior to cancer treatment. Grant funds will cover cleanings, x-rays, fillings, and extractions in preparation for cancer treatment and recovery. Dental services will be provided by Carolina Fellows Family Dentistry in Oxford.

A second grant will fund the 2021 Community Health Assessment, which will systematically assess the current state of health in both Granville and Vance counties. By collecting and analyzing data, presenting it for discussion to a steering committee of representatives from various organizations, the process will result in setting public health priorities that represent the needs and concerns of the counties’ 100,000 residents.

The data collection process includes primary data collected through the community health opinion survey and community focus groups as well as secondary, or existing, data. The results of the assessment will be presented in a report for the public.

• Legacy Human Services: Addiction Recovery for Men: Dental Services. Formerly known as Alliance Rehabilitative Care, LHS will provide men recovering from addiction with dental care and treatment in order to restore their health, well-being, and self-confidence.

• Masonic Home for Children at Oxford: The 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. In year two of the training program, staff have reported more resident behaviors showing safe and secure attachments to staff and increased resiliency. Phase 2 will complete training of the remaining 52 staff members, incorporate principles into daily practice, and complete baseline data collection. This program impacts over 500 residents and staff.

• NC Med Assist: Mobile and Free Pharmacy Services for Low Income, Uninsured in the TNHF Region continues to provide important services to the Triangle North region through free prescription medications for low income and uninsured individuals via mail order. In addition, two over-the-counter medicine giveaway events will be implemented in 2022 in Granville and Vance counties.

• Perry Memorial Library: Vibrant Vitals in Vance will provide intergenerational health literacy programs by partnering with local agencies to bring free food and nutrition programs to 2,000 Vance County citizens. The program will feature a “Charlie Cart,” a mobile food preparation station, complete with kitchen supplies and a curriculum guide to engage participants in hands-on and healthy food preparation and cooking. Program leaders will also create a teaching garden. Examples of topics covered are heart-healthy meals and diabetic cooking using locally sourced food.

• Shepherd Youth Ranch: Trail to Success provides skill building for youth suffering from grief, loss, abandonment and abuse. Partial scholarships will be provided to 15 youth and their families, referred by a school system, law enforcement or health professional. Participants enter into an intensive 24-week program, which consists of weekly group and monthly family sessions in a unique program that uses rescued horses to help with therapy. In addition, 10 new adult mentors will be trained to assist up to 35 children and families.

• 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. This program provides an important component of a comprehensive child abuse investigation, and offers opportunities for healing for the child and non-offending family members.

• TROSA: Long-Term Substance Abuse Recovery for Triangle North Residents provides a two-year residential recovery program with treatment, education, vocational training and health care for residents of the Triangle North region who suffer from alcohol and substance use addiction, free of charge.

In a second grant program, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma, and Substance Abuse, TROSA, also known as Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers, will continue into a second year to conduct research and analysis on the trauma history of its residents. Data collected during the first year of the program has validated TROSA’s decision to make training about trauma a priority for staff.

• Working Landscapes: What’s Growing On in Granville County in Year 2 will continue the plan to increase healthy local food access for 7,300 public school students and educate 4,500 of their family members about healthy, local eating. The pandemic interrupted the program, but it can resume now that students are back in the classroom.

In a second grant program, Local Meals, Working Landscapes will continue to serve those impacted by the pandemic, by building its existing meals program into a sustainable source of healthy, locally sourced meals for the region. Area senior agencies will be able to buy meals that are locally sourced and prepared on an ongoing basis.

Grant funds will also be used to expand Working Landscape facilities and programming in Warren County, enabling them to increase production from 250 meals a week, served twice weekly, to 3,125 meals a week, serving 625 people daily.

Based in Henderson, the Triangle North Healthcare Foundation is a regional health care grantmaking organization, which was established in November 2011 after Maria Parham Medical Center merged with the for-profit Duke LifePoint organization. The foundation’s grants are made possible by the endowment that was created from the assets of the former nonprofit hospital.

Val Short is the executive director of the Triangle North Healthcare Foundation.