MADISON, Wis. – Meriter’s Helping Educate and Link the Homeless (HEALTH) Outreach Program has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Kaiser Family Foundation to provide medical care to the homeless in the Madison area.
“The Kaiser Family Foundation Board of Trustees is known for its contributions to the most pressing issues confronting health care and society. Getting needed health care can be a major challenge, if not impossible, for the homeless in our community. The HEALTH program is able to reach these patients who might otherwise be forgotten,” said former Governor Jim Doyle, who serves on the Kaiser Family Foundation Board.
The Kaiser Family Foundation is a leader in health policy analysis, health journalism and communication and dedicated to filling the need for independent information on the major health issues facing the country. The Foundation is a non-profit private operating foundation based in Menlo Park, California.
In addition to the grant, an outpouring of support from physicians, employees and donors in the community helped raise $36,682.45 during a matching gift challenge in December, resulting in $46,682.45 with matching dollars. With the grant, that’s nearly $60,000 raised in the last several weeks of 2012.
“The grant from the Kaiser Family Foundation along with the overwhelming community support will provide nearly five months of medical supplies for our patients. These donations help cover the $9,000 monthly price tag that comes with providing basic health screenings, prescription updates, medical supplies and health counseling,” said Dr. Cate Ranheim, HEALTH program founder and Meriter Medical Group hospitalist.
Since its 2009 founding, the HEALTH program has been supported by Meriter Foundation and provided medical care to 1,000 homeless patients with the help of more than 40 volunteers.