STOCKBRIDGE — Piedmont Healthcare, of which Piedmont Henry Hospital is a member, is taking applications for its community benefit grant program.

This year, Piedmont will provide $500,000 in grants to programs that eliminate barriers to affordable, appropriate care or address the current opioid crisis.

“We will continue to focus on our goal of making a positive difference in every life we touch, and our community benefit grant program allows us to expand our reach into all parts of our Piedmont communities,” said Thomas Worthy, vice president of government and external affairs at Piedmont Healthcare. “The grants program has helped us to make significant strides toward improving the health of our communities, including our most vulnerable patients. We are excited to continue to partner with vital community-based organizations to support our shared vision of a healthier Georgia.”

The grant program supports implementation strategies crafted to address the system-wide prioritized needs of increasing access points for appropriate and affordable healthcare and reducing opioid and related substance abuse and overdose deaths. These needs were identified in Piedmont’s 2019 community health needs assessment findings.

System-wide priority areas are:

♦ Increasing access to appropriate and affordable care for low- and no-income patients.

♦ Reducing opioid and related substance abuse and overdose deaths.

Grants are limited to not-for-profit, community-based organizations or government entities. Grant recipients will be notified in November, and funding will start in January 2020.

Deadline to apply for a grant is Oct. 1 at 5 p.m.

For more information or to obtain a grant application, visit https://www.piedmont.org/about-piedmont-healthcare/community-benefit/grants.

Education reporter Heather Middleton joined the for the Clayton News and Henry Herald in 2002.

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