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YVMC Foundation announces Community Health Benefit Fund grant recipients

May 18, 2022

Steamboat Springs, Colo. (May 18, 2022) –Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundation is pleased to announce 11 nonprofits are recipients of funding from the 2022 grant cycle of the Community Health Benefit Fund.

To qualify, organizations had to be an existing 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, located within Routt and/or Moffat counties and align with at least one of the areas of focus identified in UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center’s Community Health Needs Assessment, including access to health care, mental health and substance use disorder. The Community Health Benefit Fund committee, consisting of YVMC Foundation board members, reviewed 23 applications and awarded 15 grants totaling $340,000.

The 2022 grant recipients are:

  • Better Tomorrow (Advocates of Routt County and Brighter World Child Advocacy Center)
  • Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Colorado
  • Horizons Specialized Services
  • Integrated Community
  • LiftUp of Routt County
  • The Health Partnership
  • Northwest Colorado Health
  • Partners in Routt County
  • Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide (REPS)
  • Planned Parenthood – Steamboat Springs Health Center
  • Routt County Crisis Support

“Non-profits in the Yampa Valley do incredible work, and thanks to UCHealth, we’re pleased to be able to support this year’s recipients with grants to further their efforts,” said Leslie Knutson, chair of the Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors and chair of the Community Health Benefit Fund committee. “There is work to be done surrounding access to health care, mental health and substance use disorder. We look forward to offering these grants for years to come in hopes that additional progress can be made in these areas.”

“The Boys & Girls Clubs are laser focused on helping young people develop the skills and tools to increase resiliency, self-esteem, coping and decision-making skills while decreasing substance use today and in the future,” said Dana Duran, executive director of Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Colorado. “The grant from Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundation’s Community Health Benefit Fund will enable the Clubs to implement SMART Moves programming designed to assist young people as they gain skills to delay experimentation, increase refusal skills and develop healthy decision-making skills.”

Multiple recipients are working on initiatives that touch on more than one of the funding priorities. Of the 15 grants awarded, 11 will support access to health care.

“LiftUp of Routt County has a health care/prescription fund that allows LiftUp to provide financial assistance to Routt County residents who need help paying for medical, dental or prescription needs. This grant is critical to LiftUp’s ability to meet the financial needs of our neighbors who are unable to afford a needed medical or dental treatment, dental procedure or even transportation to a medical appointment,” said Sue Fegelein, executive director of LiftUp of Routt County. “We are extremely grateful, as these funds will directly serve our neighbors during their time of need.”

Grants from the Community Health Benefit Fund (CHBF), the name given to funds the Foundation received from UCHealth, are split equally between two purposes:

  • Annual grant funds for the advancement of health in the communities served by YVMC, including population health initiatives.
  • Special initiatives for the benefit of programs, services and capital projects within or related to YVMC operations and activities.

The annual grant funds have been invested to ensure funding is available to support the community and its population health initiatives in perpetuity.

The special initiatives funds are earmarked for larger projects that have the opportunity to effect lasting change in the communities served by YVMC.

The grant cycle will open again on Jan. 1, 2023, following the determination of focus areas based on strategic initiatives set by the Board of Trustees of UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center, results of the community health needs assessment and input and feedback from YVMC’s medical staff.