what is the be well berks grant program?

Reading Hospital’s Be Well Berks Grant Program is an initiative designed to simultaneously fund community health projects and enhance collaboration among local nonprofit grant winners and Reading Hospital. The purpose of the program is to create or enhance programming and initiatives that address the key issues identified in the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment:

  • Obesity
  • Access to Care
  • Mental Health
  • Addiction

2018 Be Well Berks Grant Program Awardees:

  • Antietam Fit - Antietam School District
    • Antietam Fit will bring technology such as Fitbits and POLAR heart rate monitors into Physical Education classes to increase physical activity and improve the overall physical health of the student population. Grader levels will compete to win “most steps” challenges, and a healthy lifestyle curriculum will be introduced.
  • Whole Health Action Management/Mental Health First Aid - Berks Counseling Center
    • This program aims to close gaps in the delivery of physical health and wellness programs for those with severe mental illness (SMI) by engaging and training peer specialists in the evidence based model, “Whole Health Action Management” (WHAM), a peer-centered program developed by the National Council’s SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrate Health solutions to promote who health self-management. It will also offer Mental Health First Aid trainings. These 8-hour trainings will enhance community level capacity and knowledge of mental health issues and substance abuse and will teach participants a 5-step action plan to help a person in crisis connect with professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
  • Medical Interpreting Program - Centro Hispano
    • The Medical Interpreting Program will provide a bi-lingual, bi-cultural, certified interpreter who is fully proficient in English and Spanish and familiar with medical conditions and terminology and will be available to accompany Spanish speaking patients to their medical appointments.
  • Medical Legal Partnership - MidPenn Legal Services
    • The Medical Legal Partnership program will integrate legal services into the health care model by providing legal advice and/or representation for low-income patients with health-harming legal needs in the areas of housing, utilities, education, and employment
  • Fighting Poverty. Feeding Hope. Project - New Journey Community Outreach, Inc.
    • The Fighting Poverty. Feeding Hope. Project will enhance the Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry services at New Journey Community Outreach by providing resources to serve nutritious lunches, distribute healthy recipes and education materials, and provide blood pressure and weight monitoring services to program participants.