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November 3, 2017

Community Foundation Awards Grant Funding to Support Healthy Families Oswego County

OSWEGO - The Oswego County Health Department is pleased to announce the receipt of grant funding from the Oswego County Community Foundation to support the department's evidence-based pilot program, Healthy Families Oswego County. The program helps families to raise physically, mentally, and emotionally strong children.

The health department was awarded $2,200 to support the intensive home-visiting program, which relies on a "strengths-based approach" to support families, said program manager Chantel Eckert.

"Parents are most successful when they understand child development, possess skills for healthy relationships, build strong parent-child attachments, and have the knowledge to access services when needed. In short, to become the best parents they can be," said Eckert, supervising public health nurse for the county health department.

"Funds from this grant will allow the Oswego County Health Department to provide services to the community which support opportunities for healthier children who are prepared for school, up to date on their immunizations, and connected with a physician," said Jodi Martin, program supervisor and supervising public health nurse.

The Oswego County Community Foundation, created in 2013, is a geographically specific fund created to serve as a source of permanent charitable dollars available to nonprofits serving residents of Oswego County. Grants are made possible with support from the Oswego County Community Foundation, A. L. Lee Memorial Hospital Health Fund, NBT Bank Fund and The Emerick Fund.

For information on Healthy Families Oswego County, contact Eckert, weekdays at 315-349-3553.

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