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IHC AWARDS $230,000 TO COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

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The Intermountain Health Care Foundation has awarded $230,000 in grants to community health and education programs, according to Robert Garff, foundation chairman.

"We're pleased to be able to help our communities in this manner. We look forward to financially assisting programs that help individuals in our communities who may be less fortunate," said Garff.Receiving the grants were Forensic Consulting Associates, $16,500 for equipment for evidence collection with sexual assault victims; Guadalupe Center, $20,000 to prevent and overcome health problems that impede a child's ability to learn; Primary Children's Medical Center, $20,000 to provide a pediatric nurse and medical assistant to treat homeless children.

Also, The Children's Center, $20,000 to operate a group home for abused and neglected children; Weber Community Health Center, $5,000 for prescription medicines for low income and homeless people; YWCA of Salt Lake City, $15,000 to provide service to teen mothers; United Cerebral Palsy, $5,000 for support services to family members of patients.

Others are Catholic Community Services, $5,000 for funding an outreach worker to assist low income and elderly people in obtaining prescription medicines; Salt Lake Donated Dental Service, $20,000 to provide dental services to low income and homeless people; Camp Kostopulos, $20,524 for transportation for mentally and physically challenged individuals to participate in camp activities.

Also, Utah Special Olympics, $10,000 to fund the 1955 Summer Games; IHC Home Care Services, $31,718 to fund a program that provides respite care for care-givers of chronically ill children; Dental House Calls, $10,000 to provide dental services to homebound people.

Others are San Juan Foundation for Higher Education, $15,095 to help equip the Health Sciences and Nursing Education Training Department on the San Juan campus of the College of Eastern Utah; Active Re-Entry, $10,000 for transportation for patients who have cancer and live in rural areas to medical facilities for treatment; Center for Humanitarian Outreach and Intercultural Exchange, $6,281 to help build a health-care center in Guatamala; and Travelers Aid Society, $10,000 to help provide emergency winter shelter for homeless people.

In addition to the above grants, the foundation gave $950,000 in grants to nonprofit community health centers in 1993.