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The Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation, or OHAF, gave 13 grants to health agencies located in southwest Missouri this week. The money will be used by these nonprofits to help fill the gaps of health-related services that are not covered by private insurance and public programs. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports on how this money will finance services for the community that otherwise wouldn’t get done.
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Members of the Board of Directors for OHAF handed out white envelopes filled with various amounts of money to representatives from each designated organization. One representative, Sheri Noble, works as the Clinic Administrator for the Good Samaritan Care Clinic in Mountain View, Missouri. That’s a clinic in rural southern Missouri that provides medical and dental care to low income residents free of charge. Moments before we caught up with her, she had humbly received a check for $2, 811 for her clinic.
“This particular grant we received is to replace some equipment that was struck by lightning in 2010. Since 2007, we’ve provided dental extracts for patients who either are uninsured and don’t have the funds to go to a private dental office for a dental extraction.”
Noble went on to say that the clinic has helped over 1,000 patients and pulled thousands of teeth since it opened three years ago. Ellen Hammock is the chair of the Grants Committee for OHAF.
“There are so many organizations out there doing great things, but we have to try and be able to quantify the fact that this is direct health related. There’s a lot of focus on children’s needs, but not everything, so we try and take that into consideration as well. Just really, what we as a committee thought would have the biggest impact.”
Other organizations receiving money include the Boys & Girls Town, Insight Ministries, OACAC, Ozarks Counseling Center, Ozarks Food Harvest and the Salvation Army. The largest amount awarded by OHAF went to Isabel’s House, which received just over $8,000. The total grant funds awarded this round equaled $43, 147.
Noble from the Good Samaritan Care Clinic said the grant money does help, but it is the community that is going to keep the organization going.
“As all nonprofits, we survive off of the generosity of advocates and concerned citizens, so support your nonprofit organizations in Missouri!”
OHAF awards grant money twice a year, but a nonprofit organization can only receive that grant money once a year. The next grant round will be in the fall.
For KSMU News, I’m Rebekah Clark.