Programs & Grants
2021-22 CAPACITY BUILDING GRANT
EVALUATION REPORT SUMMARY
Total Funds Distributed
2021-2022 Capacity Building Grant Summaries
The Disability Action Center
The Sow and Grow SUSTAIN project implemented a series of seven Lunch and Learn nutrition programs focused on cancer prevention through increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, daily exercise, and preventative health screening education. In addition to the Lunch and Learn education component, participants received Sow and Grow SUSTAIN food baskets with ingredients to replicate the meals at home. The Sow and Grow SUSTAIN Harvest at Home portion of the project built, installed, and equipped 10 Harvest at Home raised bed gardens for individuals with special needs and their families in Marion, Taylor, and Doddridge Counties.
The Homestead Farm Center
The Sow and Grow Hope program exists to give cancer patients access to fresh, locally grown, organic produce and help them use it to make healthy meals that will support their body through treatment. Homestead Farm Center, a working farm center for adults with disabilities, grows, assembles, and delivers baskets of vegetables to patients at West Virginia University’s Mary Babb Cancer Center. In addition to produce, these baskets contained recipes and all other food staples and ingredients needed for recipients to cook a healthy entrée for themselves and their families. Educational materials about each featured vegetable and how it can be helpful to strengthen their body and immune system were also included.
Marshall Medical Outreach
Marshall Medical Outreach, [a] free health care clinic that serves homeless and vulnerable patient populations, provided sunscreen, hats, UV-protective sunglasses, and reusable bags to their patients.
Hardy County Health and Wellness Center
The Healthy Life Project included three activities titled, “Time to Spit it Out”, “Business Quit the Habit”, and “School Based”. “Time to Spit it Out” was a group cessation class. “Business Quit the Habit” included multiple “lunch and learn” events at local businesses. “School Based” involved going into the school to help students stop vaping.
WVU Extension Service – Greenbrier County
The Walk the Bridges Project was comprised of four activities titled, “Kick-Off Lunch and Learn”, “Walk with Ease from the Arthritis Foundation”, “LUCAS lung cancer screening event in collaboration with Alderson Medical Center”, and the “21-Day Alderson Elementary School Walking Challenge”. These activities increased awareness about cancer and created opportunities for individuals to get screened for cancer.
Potomac Valley Hospital of WV, Inc.
The Let’s Grow Together project included planning design meetings, “Family Nutrition Program classes”, “Super Market Shopping Tours”, “Demonstration Gardening Classes”, and culminated in a “Farm to Table event”. These activities provided educational opportunities for community members to learn more about nutrition and gardening.
WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center
The Moving through Cancer Project trained staff in exercise and rehab care planning for individuals with cancer, will establish an assessment and referral process at the WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center Cancer Institute, and is in the development stage of creating an at-home exercise guidance program for individuals going through cancer treatment.
This project involved the development of a free website available to patients who use tobacco that includes free online modules that can teach patients tools to be successful, diet and exercise tips, pharmacotherapy recommendation, etc.
Webster County Memorial Hospital
Webster Memorial Hospital provided travel assistance to patients for treatment at facilities located in Beckley, Charleston, Clarksburg, Elkins, and Morgantown.
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