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Many children from Lincoln’s low-income families will have more opportunities for quality early childhood education and health, nutrition and fitness programming thanks to the Community Health Endowment’s (CHE) most recent grants. The CHE Board of Trustees approved grants totaling $707,137 for year one and $960,929 over three years. New grants will:

• Construct Head Start early childhood classrooms at the Health 360 clinic at 2301 O Street. (Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties, $235,000 over one year)

• Help renovate the 98-year-old Willard Community Center in southwest Lincoln to provide quality early childhood education, before and after school programs, educational enrichment, recreational opportunities and health/neighborhood activities. (Willard Community Center, $100,000 over one year)

• Support health and fitness in low-income neighborhoods in central Lincoln through construction of a health and wellness center. (City Impact, $40,000 over one year)

• Establish a running/fitness program for youth and adults with a focus on neighborhoods served by the F Street Community Center. (Lincoln Parks and Recreation, $13,360 over one year)

• Support a mobile farmers’ market located at the Health 360 clinic to serve low-income clinic patients and residents of nearby neighborhoods. (Community CROPS, $25,055 over one year)

• Provide fresh fruit to students using public school food markets at selected Lincoln Public School sites. (Food Bank of Lincoln, $30,000 over three years)

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• Pilot peer-based mental health support for students in selected high schools and provide staff training to reduce student mental illness, drug/alcohol abuse, self-harm and suicide. (Mental Health Association of Nebraska, $71,862 over three years)

• Ensure legal representation for low-income patients of the Health 360 clinic and People’s Health Center who are facing legal issues that may negatively impact their health. (Legal Aid of Nebraska, $150,000 over three years)

• Develop and pilot a community-based Mobile Grief Response Team to support businesses, schools and organizations following a death in their community. (Mourning Hope, $8,000 over one year)

• Develop a community-based Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program to support victims of sexual assault. (Family Violence Council, $35,000 over two years)

• Extend equine-assisted psychotherapy for women in treatment for addiction and train a local clinician to provide ongoing equine-assisted therapy. (St. Monica’s, $40,000 over one year)

• Provide service coordination at no cost to low-income, high-risk elders to enable them to age in their homes. (Tabitha, $212,652 over two years)

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