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St. Mary's Center of HOPE Receives Grant

St. Mary’s of Michigan Center of HOPE was awarded a $25,000 grant from the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation’s Healthy Communities/Healthy America program. Supported by a $300,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, the program honors clinics across the country that provide free or low-cost medical care to the uninsured and underinsured. St. Mary’s of Michigan Center of HOPE was one of 15 free clinics that received such a distinction this year.

The Center of HOPE was awarded the grant to establish a comprehensive nutritional education and outreach program. This includes teaching patients and families how to purchase and prepare healthy foods utilizing our Farmer’s Market, healthy snacks for children, and a “Know Your Numbers” program for diabetics and hypertension in collaboration with MSU Extension educators. The program will also offer food label education and lessons for healthy habits for life.

“This grant provides a unique and critical pathway to assist the most vulnerable populations,” said Cherie Sammis, Vice President of Mission Integration at St. Mary’s of Michigan. “We are honored to have received one of 15 nutrition education grants. This will play a significant role in the patient’s ability to learn about healthy foods, change eating behavior and prevent chronic disease.”

The Center of HOPE, located in the Cathedral District at 723 Emerson, provides spiritually centered, holistic care to vulnerable populations in Saginaw County.

The Walmart Foundation’s support of the AMA Foundation Healthy Communities/Healthy America program is part of its national effort to help families learn about healthy eating habits and lead healthier lives. The grant to the AMA Foundation is expected to provide more than 7,500 low-income individuals with the tools to improve their knowledge and skills related to nutrition.

The AMA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt foundation, is dedicated to improving public health by raising funds and providing philanthropic support to high-impact health and medical scholarship programs. Please visit www.amafoundation.org or call (312) 464-4200 for more information.