Grants awarded recently by the Community Health Endowment (CHE) will fund programs for young children, seniors, parents, refugees and immigrants, people experiencing mental illness, and people who depend on Lincoln’s health care safety net.

The CHE Board of Trustees approved grants totaling $621,577 for year one and $1,006,253 over three years. All grants listed begin on January 1, 2019.

Among the projects funded is a unique partnership between Lincoln Literacy and the Bryan College of Health Sciences, which will pilot a program to prepare and train refugees and immigrants as Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) addressing the critical need for these workers in Lincoln’s health care system and providing economic stability and career opportunities for those served by the program.

New grants will:

· Recruit, prepare, and mentor immigrants and refugees to study for CNA certification with the intent to raise family income for the participants and strengthen the health care delivery system. (Lincoln Literacy, $12,500 over one year)

· Address CNA shortages and create career employment opportunities by providing CNA tuition assistance, mentoring/tutoring, and education-related transportation to 32 refugees or immigrants. (Bryan College of Health Sciences, $17,600 over one year)

· Reach diverse groups of older adults with fall prevention programs, with a focus on individuals with hearing impairments and those who speak Arabic, Karen, Spanish and Vietnamese. (Aging…

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