Ventura County Commission Awards Prop. 10 Funds for Children’s Health Projects
The Children and Families First Commission of Ventura County, an agency established to distribute funds raised through the Proposition 10 tobacco tax, announced Monday that it has awarded more than $1.3 million in grants for children's health programs, the Ventura County Star reports. The grants are part of the commission's Child Health Initiative, which was created to finance "multi-year physical and mental health projects" that focus on access to quality health care services and health education and information. The grants will be awarded annually for three years for various projects including:
- $161,165 to Santa Paula Memorial Hospital and the Higgy Foundation for a program to provide case management, education and support for teenage mothers;
- $242,110 to the Ventura County Public Health Department for its Every Family Counts program, which will provide home visits to at-risk families with children through age 5. In addition, the department will receive $18,642 for its "Rx for Kids," a program designed to ensure transfer of vital health records and health education information for children in foster care; and
- $121,502 to the public health department and Child Development Resources of Ventura County for "ChildCare Health Linkages," a program that will provide health consultants and family health coordinators in child care centers.
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