June 27, 2003

Scripps Gives Chula Vista School District $25,000 for Health Needs

South Bay District receives one of first Scripps Health Community Benefit Grants

A program to increase the number of children with health insurance in the Chula Vista Elementary School district and retain those who are already insured received a $25,000 grant from Scripps Health as one of the first recipients of the Scripps Health Community Benefits Fund.

The program, called Health Access and Insurance for Kids will provide two part-time health insurance outreach and enrollment worker at Family Resource Center locations in the school district. The resource centers have provided health insurance enrollment and education outreach for the past four years.

This year, Scripps Health awarded a total of $216,000, most to programs in the mid-city and South Bay regions. Scripps received a total of 35 applications requesting $1.28 million, and awarded nine grants ranging from $20,000 to $25,000 for a total of $216,000.

“We believe we can best serve the diverse health care needs in San Diego County by partnering with other organizations that share our values,” said Chris Van Gorder, CEO of Scripps Health.

The Scripps Health Community Benefits Fund was established to support initiatives that meet community health care needs and promote the mission and values – quality, efficiency and respect – of Scripps Health. The dollars available through the Community Benefit Fund come primarily from Scripps Health operations. It is important to note that these grant awards represent only a small portion of the resources devoted by Scripps to Community Benefit programs and services. Last year, Scripps provided $62.7 million in uncompensated care, community-based health improvement and professional education and research.

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