Mother Cabrini grants go to Buffalo-area groups for mental health, workforce and dental care initiatives

It’s that time of year again: New York City-based Mother Cabrini Health Foundation — the largest foundation focused exclusively on health care in New York — just announced its year-end grants to nonprofits throughout New York Is.

In Western New York, 41 Buffalo-area programs are sharing nearly $14.3 million to address a range of urgent community and health needs. That’s a 35% increase from last year, when Mother Cabrini awarded 35 grants totaling $10.6 million to Buffalo-area groups.

And local organizations that have received funding are looking at projects on a wide range of community health needs, including mental health, workforce training and access to dental care.

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Many local organizations received grants to improve access to mental health care, a hot item that was a major focus within the government. Cathy Hochul’s recent State of the State address and the topic that Attorney General Letitia James recently brought to the public in Buffalo. the hearing.

This included $800,000 for a “school social work program” by Mental Health Advocates of Western New York, which provides non-clinical services that promote mental wellness and help navigate the mental health system. does.

In addition, BestSelf Behavioral Health raised $650,000 for a project described as “primary and behavioral health care integration continuum”.

WNY Heroes raised $225,000 to provide mental health support for veterans in western New York.

The ECMC Foundation received $150,000 to continue operating “innovative outpatient behavioral health programs.”

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Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center in Niagara Falls, pictured here on October 5, 2022, received a $100,000 grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation for its Guardian Angels program.

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Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center – one of the last independent hospitals in western New York – received $100,000 for the Guardian Angels initiative, which aims to provide a high level of care and support to the most vulnerable mental health patients. When it launched as a new initiative a year ago, Guardian Angels also received $100,000 from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation.

And D’Youville University received $90,000 for a project to integrate mental and behavioral health support within primary care at its Health Professions Hub.

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Another hot-button issue in the health care industry: recruiting and retaining workers.

Among local groups receiving Mother Cabrini grants to be used for workforce training: Hospice and Palliative Care Buffalo, which received $200,000 to support its graduate nurse residency program.

In a news release, Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo said its graduate nurse residency program aims to reduce the impact of the nursing staffing shortage by providing newly licensed nursing professionals with an intensive, patient-facing, practical training.

“We want to hire nurses fresh out of school, giving them time to develop skills that can only be gained with time and experience, but right out of the gate,” said Kelly Clem. Without the pressure of being ‘on my own’.” , Vice President of the Organization of Education. “This one-on-one mentorship allows them to appreciate the specialty of hospice and palliative care nursing and validates their reasons for becoming nurses in the first place. We are grateful to the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation for their financial commitment to this vital support. Grateful. Program.”

With the next Graduate Nurse Residency Program semester beginning in March, Hospice and Palliative Care Buffalo said they are currently accepting online applications.

Other local organizations that have received Mother Cabrini grants to train health care workers include:

  • Niagara University received $300,000 for a project to “support a resilient, inclusive and equitable nurse workforce.”
  • WNY Inc. K Neighborhood Health Center receives $300,000 for “Nursing Pathways” program.
  • The Niagara Falls Housing Authority received $275,000 for health care workforce training. (The housing authority has done training programs in the past, such as efforts to train certified nursing assistants.)
  • Harvest House of South Buffalo Inc. received $230,000 for a workforce development project: “Women’s Economic Mobility Pathways to Careers in Health Care.”

The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation has regularly supported the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.

This continued into the most recent round of grants.

The foundation sent a $550,000 grant to UB’s S-Miles to Go program, which uses two mobile dental clinics—each with an X-ray unit and sterilization center—to provide free dental care to the homeless and underinsured. care can be provided. or uninsured.

And while it’s based in Buffalo, the Community Health Center at Buffalo also landed $250,000 for a project geared toward “improving the oral health of vulnerable individuals in Lockport.”

and in Chautauqua County, Chautauqua Center Inc. was awarded $250,000 for its safety-net dental operation.

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