The Albany Herald
Jennifer Maddox Parks
ALBANY, Ga. -- Roughly a dozen agencies from the Albany area received grants through Phoebe Community Visions as a means to further meet the region's health care needs.
SOWEGA Council on Aging, 100 Black Men of Albany, GraceWay Recovery Residence, Albany Advocacy Resource Center, Mended Hearts, Together in Megan's Eyes, Strive 2 Thrive, Albany Area Primary Health Care, Faith Community Outreach Center, the Lee County School System and Liberty House were the recipients of the round of grants issued Monday.
The grants started at $1,000. In all, there was $111,000 in grants distributed, said Jackie Ryan, vice president of corporate strategy at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.
Phoebe Community Visions functions as the grant-funding arm of the hospital board's community benefits committee to assist agencies that can specifically focus on health-related needs in the community. Indigent care scholarships at GraceWay, health clinics for the area's youth and the furtherance of health education are among the needs expected to be addressed by the most recent cycle, officials say.
Meanwhile, Ryan said, an internal team is working to align priorities in the hospital's overall community needs implementation plan before it goes to the full board later this year. Community input -- including interviews with roughly 30 community leaders to get their opinion as to where the priorities ought to be -- has concluded that low birth weight, cancer incidence and sexually transmitted diseases are among the biggest concerns that need to be addressed, Ryan said.
In her presentation to the community benefits committee, Ryan cited a survey of nearly 300 participants regarding their blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose standings -- finding that many of them were not getting the screenings they need.
Of those participants, 17 percent had no doctor while 20 percent were uninsured, she said.
On the vein of community benefits, Phoebe Network of Trust is sponsoring the "Get A Life" teen maze for middle school and college students in Dougherty County at the Albany State University HPER Gym today and Wednesday.
The maze allows the participating students to see how the choices they make, such as underage drinking and failure to maintain abstinence at an early age, can impact their lives down the road.
The event kicks off at 8:45 a.m., and will include a community open house from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. today.
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