Howard County organizations have a friend in the Horizon Foundation: the local nonprofit awarded more than $1 million in grants in 2013.
The grants, totaling $1.1 million, went to 20 organizations serving Howard County. The purpose of the grants was to "support the Foundation's strategic priority areas of increasing access to health care and promoting healthy lifestyles," according to a release.
Some examples of the Foundation's grants as part of its "Increasing Access to Health Care" priority:
• $150,000 to the African American Community Roundtable of Howard County, spread out over two years, "to implement a culturally relevant health insurance outreach and education campaign targeting the county's African American community, a significant segment of the uninsured population in the community."
• $75,000 to the Evergreen Health Cooperative "to support outreach to Howard County residents participating in open enrollment on the Maryland Health Connection insurance marketplace."
• $70,300 to Humanim "to integrate primary and behavioral health care services" focusing on prevention and treatment of medical issues among people with severe mental illnesses.
The Foundation also awarded the following grants under the umbrella of "Promoting Healthy Lifestyles":
• $150,000, allocated over two years, to People Acting Together in Howard County "to collaborate with [community organizations] to build a diverse and powerful coalition focused on improving children's health by providing them with healthier food and drink options."
• $65,690, over two years, to the American Institute of Wine and Food "to expand the Day of Taste program to more fourth graders, develop a healthy beverage component for the curriculum and other programmativ enhancements."
•$99,000, over two years, to the First Tee of Howard County "to expand its partnership with the Howard County Public School System from 16 to 24 elementary schools in the community. The program provides a curriculum and teaching approach that emphasizes learning life skills and healthy habits using golf as the teaching mechanism."
Other programs supported by Horizon Foundation grants in 2013 include Healthy Howard, HopeWorks of Howard County, the Pharmacy Assistance Program at the Route 1 Day Resource Center, Camp Attaway, the Association of Community Services, FIRN, Maryland Hunger Solutions and NAMI Howard County.
Horizon Foundation and CEO Nikki Highsmith Vernick said the organization was committed to improving public health in a measurable way.
"Our grantees are doing amazing work in the community, and we are happy to support and strengthen their great work," she said.