On October 24th, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky announced five Social Innovation Fund grants totaling nearly $675,000. The grants are focused on improving access to health services, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity in Kentucky communities. The projects are expected to serve more than 10,000 people across the commonwealth in the next year.

The grant recipients include the Meade Activity Center, Inc., Oldham County Health Department, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Kings Daughters Medical Center, and Norton Healthcare Centers for Prevention and Wellness, in partnership with the Norton Healthcare Foundation.

King’s Daughters Medical Center who received $124, 548 in funding will provide mobile health services to nearly 1,500 residents annually in eight rural Eastern Kentucky counties: Elliott, Fleming, Floyd, Johnson, Lewis, Magoffin, Martin and Morgan. The grant will support equipment for a custom-built, state-of-the-art mobile assessment vehicle with diabetes testing and advanced cardiac screening equipment. Basic screenings will be free. Insured patients will be billed for advanced cardiac testing, and patients who are uninsured, underinsured or have exhausted coverage and do not qualify for other assistance programs will be directed to KDMC’s financial assistance program. Services will include health education and follow-up services through referrals to health care providers.

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