• St. Joe Foundation supports Operation Vaccination
  • McMillen Health receives funding for Opioid Use Disorder app
  • Bienestar Sin Fronteras, Wellness Without Borders
  • PIC Webinar in February covers Maternal Mortality Review
  • St. Joe Foundation welcomes Mary Tyndall
  • Online portal opens February 1 for spring grant applications
COVID-19 response
Super Shot promotes vaccinations and provides access to immunizations community wide.
Grantee Spotlight:
St. Joe Foundation supports Operation Vaccination
The St. Joe Community Health Foundation is helping bring private funders together to fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

As vaccinations become available, the Allen County Department of Health is under a tremendous strain to provide the professionals and resources needed to immunize residents quickly. That’s why the St. Joe Foundation, AWS Foundation, United Way of Allen County, the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne and other funders are all joining forces to create the Operation Vaccination fund.
Supporting new parents and families
Grantee Spotlight:
McMillen Health receives funding to develop
an Opioid Use Disorder app for women
McMillen Health has received the remaining contingency funding of $25,000 necessary to move forward with development of an app for women suffering from Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) who are pregnant or have recently given birth.

Initial funding in the amount of $47,750 was pledged from the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation contingent on matching funding from other supporting organizations. Additional support from the PHP Foundation and Dr. Louis and Anne B. Schneider Foundation has been received, allowing release of the initial funding from the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation.
Promoting the dignity of all people
Alice Jordan-Miles (Front Row, Left Side) received
the 2018 Welcoming Fort Wayne Diversity Award for Positive Role Model.
Grantee Spotlight:
Bienestar Sin Fronteras, Wellness Without Borders
When Alice Jordan-Miles was a teenager, she was in a lot of emotional pain. It was so unbearable that she tried to take her own life. Looking back, she had no idea she would eventually learn to cope with her depression and in turn, help thousands of area residents with their own mental health issues.

With support from the St. Joe Foundation and The Lutheran Foundation, Jordan-Miles, now the Director of the Purdue Fort Wayne Behavioral Health and Family Studies Institute, is set to kick off a three year-initiative focused specifically on mental health wellness for area Latino residents. The program, Bienestar Sin Fronteras (Wellness Without Borders), aims to support hundreds of individuals with more than 1,000 hours of either individual, family or group therapy.

“This program is designed to change the cultural compass of how we, especially Latinos, view mental health,” says Jordan-Miles. “In many Latino families, it’s a taboo to discuss depression, anxiety or any mental health concern.”
Supporting new parents and families
Speakers: Kelly Cunningham, Kathleen Detweiler, Cpt. Kevin Hunter, and Nicole Fairchild
Foundation Program: Prenatal & Infant Care Network Webinar
Indiana Maternal Mortality Review Committee,
Report on Pregnancy-Associated Deaths
The next Prenatal & Infant Care webinar, February 18, at 11:30 AM, will focus on causes, opportunities, and solutions to improve Indiana women's health. Kelly Cunningham, Maternal Mortality Review Coordinator for the Indiana Department of Health, will present the findings of the 2018 report and offer concrete recommendations about preventing future adverse outcomes
 
The Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC) includes representation from a broad range of physicians and nurses from multiple specialties (Obstetrics & Gynecology, Cardiology, Pulmonary Medicine, Anesthesiology, Pathology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Public Health) along with social workers, coroners, health advocates, and other allied health professionals. These volunteers extensively review pregnancy-associated deaths to identify opportunities for prevention. The goal of the review is to identify systems-level changes to improve the health of Indiana women. Joining Ms. Cunningham are two local MMRC members, Kathleen Detweiler (Parkview Health) and Captain Kevin Hunter (Fort Wayne Police Department). 
 
The free webinar will also feature Nicole Fairchild, Executive Director, McMillen Health, announcing an Opioid Use Disorder App development for women. The app is for pregnant women, new mothers, community health workers, home visitors, and other groups working with at-risk parents.
Expanding Foundation expertise
Mary Tyndall Double Up Indiana Project Manager and Chief Storyteller
Foundation update:
The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation welcomes Mary Tyndall
The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation has hired Mary Tyndall as its new Double Up Program Manager and Chief Storyteller.

Double Up Food Bucks doubles the value of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits spent at participating markets and grocery stores, helping people bring home more healthy fruits and vegetables while supporting local farmers.

Tyndall joins the St. Joe Foundation after serving as the Public Information Office for the City of Fort Wayne’s Community Development Division. Tyndall began her career in television journalism, worked as a reporter for WANE-TV, and later served as Communications Director for United Way of Greater Battle Creek and United Way of Allen County. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Communication from DePauw University.

“Mary brings a passion for serving the community, especially underserved populations, to our organization,” says Meg Distler, the St. Joe Foundation’s executive director. “In particular, she will use her communication and project management skills to help advance our work in addressing nutrition and food insecurity issues in our community.”
Supporting the community through grants
Foundation update:
Online portal opens February 1 for spring grant applications
The St. Joe Foundation is seeking proposals to improve the health and wellness of low-income, vulnerable populations in Allen County. Grant applications must advance the vision of the St. Joe Foundation in one of the four key impact areas: pregnant women and infants; refugees and immigrants; those struggling with access to affordable, nutritious food; and access to quality, affordable healthcare for unresourced populations in Allen County, Indiana.

Grant applicants are encouraged to become familiar with the impact areas by visiting the website or clicking below on "What We Fund." Ideas can also be discussed with Foundation staff to affirm compatibility. The online portal opens for spring grant applications on February 1, applications must be submitted by March 1, 2021.
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