HCBF Awards $550,000 in Healthy Harbor Grants to Address Port-Related Health Impacts

For Immediate Release
Harbor Community Benefit Foundation
Contact: Ata, ata@hcbf.org, (310) 997-7116

Thursday, March 6, 2014

SAN PEDRO, CA–The Harbor Community Benefit Foundation (HCBF) has awarded $550,000 in grants to nine organizations addressing Port-related health impacts in the harbor communities of Wilmington and San Pedro.

The third round of Healthy Harbor funding attracted proposals that addressed three program priorities: diagnosis and treatment, pharmaceuticals and supplies, and education, access, and outreach. Grantees were chosen for their ability to tackle the health impacts from Port and Port-related operations, potential to collaborate with other stakeholders, and demonstrated commitment to enhance the communities of Wilmington and San Pedro.

The highly competitive Healthy Harbor Grant program, funded by the Port Community Mitigation Trust Fund, received a full vote of support today by the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners. The $550,000 in funding will be matched by an additional $885,000 from grantee sources, bringing a combined $1.4 Million health investment into San Pedro and Wilmington in 2014.

The third round of HCBF’s Healthy Harbor grantee projects include: Community Health Worker visits to homes with families battling asthma and other respiratory diseases; respiratory education to underserved and vulnerable populations in the Harbor; a dedicated support group for residents suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); guided group exercise and wellness programs; health enrollment counseling to link patients suffering from respiratory illnesses to medical homes; a dedicated mobile asthma clinic to provide wraparound respiratory health services once a week for a year; and a paid internship program for Harbor youth to research Port-related health issues in a professional, academic setting.

HCBF Round 3 Healthy Harbor Grantees

Diagnosis & Treatment

St. Mary Medical Center, $125,000
St. Mary will setup its high-tech medical mobile clinic in Wilmington, offering services one day a week for 50 weeks. Clinic staff, including a Respiratory Therapist, Nurse Practitioner, Social Worker and Case Manager, will deliver safety-net and primary care services to low-income, medically underserved residents to address asthma, COPD, and other respiratory diseases. The clinic offers screening, testing, insurance enrollment assistance, and social/health services referrals, linking patients to local medical services throughout Wilmington.

Access and Resources

Breathe LA (with YMCA San Pedro & Peninsula), $80,000
Breathe LA and YMCA (San Pedro) will partner to establish a “Better Breathers Club™ with Beyond Rehab (BBC/BR)” support network for adults in San Pedro and Wilmington including early risk assessment, medically supervised exercise, health education, disease management, and access to free and low-cost clinical services. The Harbor Community Clinic (San Pedro) will serve as the primary clinical referral resource.

Harbor Community Clinic, $38,000
Through community outreach and training, certification and utilization of a Certified Enrollment Counselor, HCC will help patients educate themselves about public health plans (Medi-Cal and L.A. managed care) and the Qualified Health Plans available to them through the California Health Benefit Exchange and assist them in navigating the complex eligibility criteria and requirements necessary to enroll in various plans. This will increase community access to affordable healthcare services for all Harbor-adjacent residents.

Long Beach Alliance for Children with Asthma (LBACA), $70,000
LBACA will provide the Community Health Worker home intervention program to children and their families, Asthma 101 classes, Air Pollution 101 classes and trainings for school and clinic personnel. The program helps ensure that children receive asthma diagnosis and treatment, provides participants with non-toxic cleaning supplies to clean their home, and provides education and outreach to Wilmington and San Pedro.

Robert F. Kennedy Institute (RFKI), $46,000
RFKI will hire a Promotora Community Health Worker (FTE), to provide education, healthcare enrollment services, and resources to San Pedro and Wilmington residents suffering from respiratory illnesses. This program excludes any efforts currently funded by the China Shipping settlement (Wilmington).

The Children’s Clinic, $90,000
TCC will continue implementing its Bridge to Health (B2H) Program, which reduces the exposure of children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with respiratory and cardiopulmonary illnesses to air pollution in the San Pedro and Wilmington areas. Also, TCC’s Patient Centered Medical Home initiative will be instrumental in providing increased access to comprehensive, high quality health care, health education and enabling services to uninsured, low-income residents of San Pedro and Wilmington.

Education and Training

Los Angeles BioMed, $67,000
LA BioMed will offer an 8-week summer Fellowship Program to 20 high school students from Wilmington and San Pedro. The well-established annual program provides hands-on learning in the field of biomedical science under the mentorship of accomplished LA BioMed researchers. Training and research will be held at the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Center, Emergency Room, Electron Beam Computed Tomography Facility, and the Clinical Research Center.

Rainbow Services, $12,000
Rainbow Services proposes to bring respiratory resources and health education to their underserved clients, approximately 235 families during a one-year grant period. The program includes eligibility and enrollment assistance with referrals to medical homes, including Harbor Community Clinic. A registered nurse (part-time) will educate patients on identifying and managing respiratory illnesses like asthma and COPD.

Tzu Chi Medical Foundation, $22,000
Tzu Chi’s Healthy Living Program empowers San Pedro and Wilmington residents impacted by Port related pollution, helping them to improve their health through education, self-management, and guided programs. Includes group exercise programs, health fairs, health talks and classes, holistic diagnosis and treatment, and a recycling program with indoor plants.

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