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St. Joseph's receives violence prevention grant

St. Joseph's Area Health Services has been awarded $57,345 grant to support local violence prevention programs.

St. Joseph's Community Health brings multi-level violence prevention efforts to area communities located in St. Joseph's service area.

These prevention efforts include specialized curriculum to middle school students, the Be Kind program at Park Rapids Area Schools, mentoring support, the father initiative and ensuing FATHER Project, parent/family resources, community collaboration, advocacy and more.

"Cleo Hartung will assume leadership of this two-year grant," said Raeann Mayer, Community Health Manager. St. Joseph's implements Hubbard County's FATHER Project, a program of Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota, and Hartung serves as FATHER Project Coordinator.

The grant is provided by the Mission and Ministry Fund of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national Catholic healthcare system in which St. Joseph's participates.

Since it was established in 1996 with guidance from the health system's founding congregations, the Mission and Ministry Fund has awarded 347 grants totaling more than $41.6 million to programs across the globe. The fund was established through contributions from CHI facilities across the nation, including St. Joseph's.

"We continue to work to be proactive in our efforts to make our communities a better place to live," said Ben Koppelman, St. Joseph's President/CEO. "CHI's Mission and Ministry grants have allowed us to take a multi-level approach to address violence and its complexities locally. We are grateful to CHI for the ongoing support in helping us to create a culture of non-violence and making the communities in which we serve healthier."

CHI and St. Joseph's promote non-violence as a way to remind communities that when working together, people can make a difference.

"Violence prevention is a system-wide, long-term commitment for CHI, and we're very proud of the collaborative work being done by St. Joseph's in the community," said CHI President/CEO, Kevin Lofton.