The St. David's Foundation in Austin, Texas, has announced grants totaling nearly $18.2 million in support of health-related initiatives focused on the area's aging population, healthcare education opportunities, women's and reproductive health, and healthy activities.
Grants totaling $9.3 million were awarded to organizations in the five-county region working to help seniors remain active and independent. Recipients include Austin Groups for the Elderly (AGE) of Central Texas, which was awarded $4.28 million to expand programming at its adult day health centers; Meals on Wheels Central Texas, which will receive more than $1.9 million to provide meals and other services as well as funding for equipment purchases at a senior center; and the Ghisalio Foundation's Golden Rollers senior cycling program, which was awarded $236,116 to expand the program and purchase additional equipment.
Other recipients include Capital IDEA, which was awarded more than $1.15 million in support of its efforts to help low-income Texans pursue a career in health care; Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, which will receive $835,193 to study health disparities by ZIP code; and the Women's Health and Family Planning Association of Texas, which was awarded $900,000 to implement innovative strategies designed to reduce the numbers of teen and unintended pregnancies in central Texas. In addition, the foundation awarded $800,000 to the Austin Parks Foundation for renovations in the city's parks and $209,315 to GO! Austin / VAMOS! Austin to bolster its efforts to improve parks in and engage resident of southeast Austin and Rundberg in physical activity.
"It is exciting to see the enthusiasm of our older neighbors, who in some cases haven't ridden a bike in years, when they learn that they can safely enjoy bike rides on the trail and to nearby destinations like the grocery store and the activity center," said Andrew Levack, senior program officer at the foundation. "It makes a huge difference in their lives — not only by increasing their physical activity, but also by being part of a peer group that reduces their social isolation."
(Photo credit: St. David's Foundation)