Family Health Center of Battle Creek (FHC) has been awarded a $500,000 grant by the WK Kellogg Foundation for the development of a project designed to improve the health of women, infants, and children in Calhoun County.
“We are concerned about the poor birth outcomes we are seeing in Calhoun County and feel that we are in a position to make a difference. We are looking at how we can improve access to prenatal care and develop a more coordinated approach to women’s health and pregnancy care,” said Dr. AJ Jones, FHC’s President/CEO.
Project development over the next year will focus on ways to increase a woman’s access to needed obstetrical care, exploring new ways to provide prenatal care and improve child health. FHC will also focus on improving immunization rates, looking at interventions for childhood asthma, and increasing access to oral health services for elementary age children.
The WK Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.
FHC, a Federally Qualified Health Center, has provided primary health care services in Calhoun County for more than 25 years. For more information about the Center, visit www.fhcbc.org .