Improving the health of adults with severe mental illness through involvement in community wellness programs

The Foundation's Local Initiative Funding Partners Program is a matching grants program designed to establish partnerships between the Foundation and local grantmakers in support of innovative, community-based projects that improve health and health care for underserved and vulnerable populations.Even with appropriate therapy and psychotropic drugs, individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses often have reduced longevity and quality of life due to smoking, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. This grant provides support for a program that will enroll adults with mental illness in community wellness activities, such as YMCA exercise and dance classes, Weight Watchers, and smoking cessation. "In Shape" will now grow from a successful pilot program in Keene, New Hampshire, to offer these services to more than 300 individuals in the surrounding 35 towns. The funding partners are: Endowment for Health; Hoffman Family Foundation; Cogswell Benevolent Trust; Monadnock Community Foundation; and New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $415,000.00

Awarded on: 6/18/2004

Time frame: 7/1/2004 - 6/30/2008

Grant Number: 51433


Monadnock Family Services

310 Marlboro Street
Keene, 03431-4118

Gail Williams
Project Director