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Dignity Health awards grants to nonprofits in SLO and SB Counties

Originally posted on Pacific Coast Business Times (subscription required)

Dignity Health Central Coast, which includes three hospitals on the Central Coast, awarded $308,127 in grants to five nonprofits in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

The funds were given away at a breakfast on Jan. 25 to organizations with programs that provide “critical health and human services,” with a focus on housing, hygiene and medical care for homeless people, according to a Feb. 1 news release.

Recipients include Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Los Osos Cares Resource Center, Peoples’ Self Help Housing, 5 Cities Homeless Coalition and The Salvation Army.

Grants were awarded through a Dignity Health Community Grants Program. Hospitals in the Central Coast service group include Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital.

The intent of the annual community grant program is to help non-profit organizations with an interest in building healthier communities by improving health and living conditions.

The funds were based on “priority areas” identified in a report from the hospitals, the release stated, which included access to health care, mental health education, homelessness and housing, and prevention of stroke, cancer and cardiovascular disease.