Saint Joseph Martin Awarded $15,750 Grant for Violence Prevention Initiative

Saint Joseph Martin

Saint Joseph Martin has been awarded a $15,750 grant to support a Violence Prevention Design and Start-up Program for the Martin community.

This grant, provided by Catholic Health Initiatives' Mission and Ministry Fund, will allow representatives from public health, law enforcement, social services and educational institutions, as well as other community leaders and members of the community to come together to discuss violence in the Martin/Floyd County area and determine what violence issue to focus on in order to apply for further funding for implementation of an action plan.

The Saint Joseph Martin Violence Prevention Program will contribute to Catholic Health Initiatives’ systemwide initiative to prevent violence in every community the health care system serves.

“We are very pleased to receive this grant and look forward to working with our community partners to determine our community’s needs and develop a plan of action,” said Kathy Stumbo, president of Saint Joseph Martin.

Since it was established in 1996 with guidance from the health system’s founding congregations, the Mission and Ministry Fund has awarded 409 grants totaling more than $50 million to programs across the globe. The fund was established through contributions from Catholic Health Initiatives’ facilities across the nation.

“Finding new and innovative ways to improve the health of communities has always been the mission that guides CHI,” said Kevin Lofton, chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives. “We’re very proud of the collaborative work that Saint Joseph Martin is doing in the community.”

Saint Joseph Martin’s program has the attributes Catholic Health Initiatives seeks when awarding Mission and Ministry Fund grants: it meets an identified community need, is innovative, able to be replicated and promotes collaboration with other organizations.