Cherry Health Among Agencies Receiving Grant to Expand Outreach
Friday, May 29, 2015
Cherry Health and eight other agencies were awarded $9 million in grant funding to expand outreach among African American and Latino families through a program that aims to provide babies with a healthy start to life, Strong Beginnings.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation granted $4.3 million over five years to improve maternal and child health among Latinos in Kent County through its program, Familias Fuertes y Saludables. An additional $4.9 million over five years was awarded from the Health Resources Administration to increase its capacity to serve African American women, men and children.
Strong Beginnings provides outreach, case management, education, mental health services and a fatherhood program. Peer-to-peer support is provided by health workers who live in the communities they serve.
Other agencies behind Strong Beginnings include Spectrum Health's Healthier Communities program, Arbor Circle, Breton Health Center, Family Futures, the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute, the Healthy Kent Infant Health Team, the Kent County Health Department and the Salvation Army Booth Clinic.