The Mariposa senior population will benefit from a grant the John C. Fremont Healthcare District received.
The healthcare district was recently notified it was awarded a three-year, $150,000 grant -- the largest one it has received in recent years. CEO Charles E. Bill said the grant came from the California Wellness Foundation, and the healthcare district will receive $50,000 per year. The first $50,000 are expected to arrive sometime this month, he said.
Bill said part of the funds will assist the healthcare district in meeting the needs of the elderly population in the area.
"The grant is dedicated to help us continue and grow our services to seniors," he said.
The grant also will help the healthcare district enhance its grant writing opportunities, according to Bill. For example, officials can choose to open a grant writing position to hire someone whose job would only be to write grant proposals.
However, he said officials don't know how they will use the portion of the funds to advance their grant writing proposals yet.
Bill said he expects the grant to help expand the wellness community programs in Mariposa, which are targeted at seniors. The programs are meant to educate people about different health issues and diseases -- the last one was about diabetes.
He also hopes that the funds will help with the establishment of a diabetes management clinic. The clinic will operate under the district's primary care clinic, and should be fully operational by next month.
As a result of the grant, the healthcare district also will be able to document the number of seniors and the kind of services they receive throughout the clinics, labs, hospice facilities, and the Mariposa County Public Health Department.
"One of the (foundation's) missions is to make sure that those services to the seniors are stable or possibly growing," he said.
Bill said this is a significant grant for the healthcare district, and officials hope it will open the doors for more grant money in the future. "It will allow us to have some resources to search for and hopefully get other grant dollars, including grants for facility replacement," he said. The healthcare district facility will be 60 years old next year.
Cecilia Laiche, communications officer for the California Wellness Foundation, said the mission of the foundation is to improve the health of people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.
The foundation's board meets quarterly and makes grant decisions. Laiche said since 1992 -- a year after it was established -- the foundation has awarded 5,877 grants totaling $735 million.
The healthcare district applied for the grant in July.
Reporter Yesenia Amaro can be reached at (209)388-6507, or firstname.lastname@example.org.