WILLIAMSBURG, VA – On December 4, 2017, the Williamsburg Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees met and approved just over one million dollars to programs in Greater Williamsburg.
Of the 15 grants approved, five focus on behavioral health. “As the opioid abuse epidemic in Virginia illustrates, investment in programs that promote well-being has never been more urgent,” said Foundation President and CEO, Jeanne Zeidler. “We are starting to support some opioid-addiction treatment,” said Zeidler, “but we are continuing to invest heavily in family counseling, violence prevention, and many other proven methods of behavioral health treatment.”
Not all programs need a large investment of money to be effective. A grant of five thousand dollars will help ensure that Williamsburg has a safety net for new moms and dads who may struggle with postpartum depression. Williamsburg Health Foundation’s grant for $5,000 to Postpartum Support Virginia will help staff and promote Williamsburg’s Maternal Mental Health Coalition which includes obstetricians, pediatricians, Sentara Williamsburg, private counselors, Child Development Resources (CDR), breastfeeding groups, Colonial Behavioral Health, others. “All these partners checking in with new moms and asking the same questions about their mental health creates a safety net built not on program dollars but on collaboration and cooperation,” said Zeidler.
A complete list of grants is available at www.williamsburghealthfoundation.org.
The Williamsburg Health Foundation has a vision of individuals making healthy choices in a community with health opportunity for all. “All of us have a role to play in making ours a healthier community that promotes well-being,” says Zeidler. “Whether you read to a young child so they enter school ready to learn, donate healthy foods to the foodbank, or check in on a friend or neighbor who lives alone, we want everyone in our community to promote health and the positive experiences that create a healthier community.”
The Williamsburg Health Foundation was founded in 1996 with proceeds from the partnership between Sentara Healthcare and the former Williamsburg Community Hospital. Since its inception, the foundation has granted over 74 million dollars.
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