Saying "we can't do it alone," ChristianaCare is branching out to assist other organizations bringing their own approaches toward the goal of improving the health of Delawareans.
Representatives of 32 organizations gathered Thursday for ChristianaCare's announcement that it would be allocating nearly $2 million from its Community Investment Fund. They are involved in helping what are deemed high-need communities.
"Our partnerships with all of you will make us a healthier community," ChristianaCare President and CEO Janice Nevin said.
ChristianaCare selected recipients based on the quality of their proposals and their plans for implementation.
The Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence received a share from the fund for its collaborative domestic violence - community health worker project. It connects victims more quickly to safe situations as well as resources.
"This might be a victim who is currently living with the abuser or recently left the abuser and is just feeling utterly disconnected and lost," Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence Executive Director Sue Ryan said. "The community health worker connects them to safe resources and to health resources."
Health initiatives go beyond the physical and mental. In the case of Be Ready Community Development Corporation, Executive Director Pastor Lottie Lee Davis said their work builds a healthy community through economic activity.
"We will impact employment, housing, the elimination of blight and most of all increase a sense of well-being," Davis said.
"We are going to measure the impact that we have on health and we fully expect - it's going to take some time but we fully expect that we will see healthier communities in the future as a result of these partnerships," Nevin said.
The application process for funding in 2020 will start next June.
Initial recipients of the ChristianaCare Investment Fund are:
-Be Ready Community Development Corporation
-Brandywine Social Club
-Central Baptist Community Development Corporation
-Communities in Schools Delaware
-Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence
-Delaware College of Art and Design
-Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council, Inc.
-Family Counseling Center of St. Paul's
-Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County
-Jewish Family Services of Delaware
-Latin American Community Center
-Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League
-Ministry of Caring
-National Association of Social Workers Delaware
-Northeast Treatment Centers Inc.
-Planned Parenthood of Delaware
-Project New Start, Inc.
-St. Michael's School and Nursery
-Survivors of Abuse in Recovery, Inc.
-The Life Health Center
-TRIAD Addiction Recovery Services
-True Access Capital
-West End Neighborhood House
-YWCA Delaware Inc.