Partners in Health Network received a grant of $276,307 from the Pallottine Foundation of Huntington in the foundation's inaugural round of grant making. Partners in Health Network was one of seven organizations to receive a "Partner Grant" from the foundation, which provides up to two years of support.
"We believe that the work of organizations like Partners in Health Network are key for moving the needle on increased access to healthy food, better mental health, fewer residents suffering with addiction and fewer smoking-related health problems," said Pallottine Foundation of Huntington CEO Janell Ray. "Partners in Health Network is already making significant strides, and we value their expertise and are excited by their ability to leverage our dollars to do even more."
Partners in Health Network will use its grant to further operationalize its work with the Appalachian Pulmonary Health Project (APHP) in its efforts to educate middle and high school students about the harmful effects of not only smoking, but vaping, with a program called "Catch My Breath 510." APHP plans to bring this education to as many as 15,000 students in schools in seven southern Appalachian counties.
"The use of e-cigarettes or vaping has exploded among our middle and high school students. This project will use the national CATCH My Breath curriculum to empower our youth to say 'no' to e-cigarettes and other tobacco products," said Dan Doyle, MD, clinical director, APHP.
Established in 1995, Partners in Health Network was formed to address the health needs of the state. The network was created to help initiate a more rational, logical approach to health services delivery and to improve the health status of the population while assuring access to essential health services in the rural communities.