Missouri Foundation of Health gives grants to 11 Columbia nonprofits

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 | 8:53 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Missouri Foundation for Health awarded $75,000 or more each to 11 mid-Missouri nonprofit organizations, the foundation announced Wednesday in a news release. The grants are part of approximately $5.8 million in funding the foundation board approved in March.

Ashley Burden, communications coordinator for the mid-Missouri chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, said the association will use its $75,000 to support existing programs, such as safety service and care consultation.

"Basically, it just helps us do business better," she said. "... It helps support us in the work we do."

Burden said the safety service program gives "families information about how to address the safety of a person with Alzheimer's," for example, the use of ID bracelets.

"(It's) a process that we use when we meet new families to assess their needs and direct them down the right path," she said of the Care Consultation program.

Other organizations that received $75,000 from the foundation's Basic Support program are:

MU received $79,792 from the foundation's Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Initiative, which it plans to use to reduce tobacco use and related health issues in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community, according to the release.

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