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St. David's Foundation Announces $11.8 Million in Support for Healthy Children, Families

July 9, 2013

AUSTIN — St. David’s Foundation announced today that it is making grants to a significant array of Central Texas groups who work in the areas of mental health, healthy lifestyles, and support for health care education.

To announce the biannual grants, the Foundation hosted a healthy picnic lunch today at the Boys and Girls Club of South Austin, one of the grant recipients. Agencies receiving grants were invited to attend the luncheon and participate in the formal announcement of the grants by the Foundation. “We are delighted to announce these important grants in our focus areas of Healthy Minds, Healthy Living and Healthy Futures. From grants to support doctors at low income clinics, to funding for a wide range of mental health services, to efforts to curb childhood obesity, almost $12 million is being invested in critical health care needs right here in Central Texas,” said Earl Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer of St. David’s Foundation.

Among the grants:

  • More than $8 million devoted to mental health programs
  • $1.5 million to support good nutrition and promote fitness for low income families and children
  • • $1.5 million provided to healthcare professionals who work in clinics providing care for uninsured and underinsured patients

“By focusing our grants in concentrated areas of need, we are optimistic that real change can occur, particularly in the lives of young children and families,” said Maxwell. “It is so critical to establish good health care habits early in life.”

Integrated behavioral health has proven immensely beneficial over time in elevating the quality of life and overall health profile for Central Texans. St. David’s has researched and grown its support for this effective and cost- conscious approach to serving the whole patient.

“Lone Star Circle of Care is very grateful to St. David's Foundation for providing $700,000 in this grant cycle for our integrated behavioral health program! We are pleased that the Foundation sees the benefits of supporting our innovative model of care, which ensures that medical and mental health care are provided seamlessly within one system in a coordinated and patient-centered manner. This grant will contribute to bright, healthy futures for our patients and their families,” said Dr. Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee, chief medical officer, Lone Star Circle of Care.

  Download full press release to view a complete listing of the grants by category.