Guthrie Awards Grants to Support Community Health

June 14, 2022

Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program recently awarded three grants to support community health in the region.

$5,000 was awarded to Family and Children's Service of Ithaca in support of its clinical internship program which provides mental health interns with high-quality education, hands-on learning, and support. The goal of the program is to bring new providers to the area and improve mental health care access for the community.

$2,500 was awarded to Tioga County Partnership for Community Health in support of the Tioga County's Pine Creek Rail Trail extension construction project. This trail will connect Pine Creek Rail Trail with the Borough of Wellsboro. This 3.2-mile non-motorized trail will provide an outdoor recreation opportunity to our local community. The goal of this project is to decrease obesity in the community by providing easy access to walking and biking for adults and children.

$1,000 was awarded to the Cortland YMCA in support of the purchase of two Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) vegetable shares each week for summer camp from Main Street Farms. The shares will be used to teach the children attending summer camp about healthy eating, and how to cook and prepare local seasonal veggies. The goal is to help build healthy life-long habits to aid in both hunger and obesity issues in our community.

Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program funds projects based on Guthrie’s Community Health Needs Assessment. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), requires non-profit hospitals to complete a community needs assessment (CHNA) every three years. The following areas of need were identified for 2020-2022: obesity, access to mental health providers, and cancer incidence with a focus on tobacco usage.

The Guthrie Clinic is a non-profit multispecialty health system that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Sayre, Pennsylvania, The Guthrie Clinic is one of the nation’s longest established group practices, founded in 1910 by Dr. Donald Guthrie with a vision of providing patient-centered care through a clinically-integrated network of employed providers. It is an industry leader in the use of technology and electronic medical record to provide high-quality care. Among The Guthrie Clinic’s 6,500 caregivers are more than 700 physicians and advanced practice providers, representing the spectrum of medical specialties and sub-specialties. The Guthrie Clinic is a five hospital system with a large network of outpatient facilities that spans nearly 9,000 square miles in Pennsylvania and upstate New York. It is dedicated to training the next generation of health care leaders, offering seven residencies and three fellowships.

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