Press Release

August 19, 2011

WCHF awards grant to enhance data on region's senior population

WILLIAMSBURG, VA — The Williamsburg Community Health Foundation today announced it has awarded a $17,350 grant to the Historic Triangle Collaborative to enhance local data being collected in a study of Virginia's senior population.

The study, the 2011 Virginia Age Ready Indicators Benchmark Survey, is sponsored by the Older Dominion Partnership. The survey will collect information statewide from more than 5,000 citizens over age 50 on quality-of-life issues.

As a result of the WCHF grant, the number of responses collected in the Historic Triangle will increase from fewer than 100 to nearly 600.

Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Jeanne Zeidler said, "With the senior population in the region projected to double by 2030, we want to ensure local leaders base planning decisions on the most complete and reliable data possible."

The Historic Triangle Collaborative provides a forum for civic, government and business leaders to address issues of regional importance. The Older Dominion Partnership, a non-profit organization, brings together leaders dedicated to helping Virginia address the needs of its aging population.

The Williamsburg Community Health Foundation, a private non-profit organization, supports programs that improve the health of people living in Williamsburg and surrounding counties. It focuses on enhancing access to quality health services and promoting responsible health practices. The foundation was formed in 1996. Since then it has given more than $46 million to support community health programs in the area. More information is available at www.wchf.com.