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Kriseman Make Health a Top Priority for St. Pete

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04/20/2018

Mayor Rick Kriseman issued an Executive Order on Thursday (April 19) related to the city’s St. Petersburg’s Healthy St. Pete initiative by establishing health as a consideration in all policies and projects.

The Executive Order, only the second issued during the mayor’s tenure, will help to accelerate and improve health equity and access in St. Petersburg. The Executive Order says, “It shall be the policy of the city of St. Petersburg to apply the consideration of health, health impacts, and the social determinants of health to the city’s decisionmaking, including policy development and implementation, budgeting and the delivery of services.”

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Holistic doctor and social change architect Dr. Gail Christopher

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03/30/2018

Last Wednesday, March 21, the former senior advisor and vice president of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, who previously served as vice president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ Office of Health, Women and Families, brought that breadth and depth of knowledge to the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg’s “Speakers Who Inspire” series.

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Natural skin care company grows with help from black business development initiatives

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10/31/2017

Edwards, Skin Kandii’s CEO, participated in two Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg-funded initiatives designed to help black businesses open and grow: Community Business Development Initiative and CATCH.

“It [the Community Business Development Initiative] has resulted in the creation of 27 new businesses,” says Sean Kennedy, Manager of The Greenhouse, which created the program. “Twenty existing businesses have seen revenue growth.”

The initiative was designed to encourage black-owned businesses, which are under-represented in the community, Kennedy says.

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Disaster Fund Donates $500K for Tampa Bay Hurricane Irma Relief

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10/14/2017

The Tampa Bay Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund, a strategic collaboration by seven major Tampa Bay area philanthropic organizations, has awarded nearly $500,000 to Tampa Bay area nonprofits to address the needs for immediate recovery after Hurricane Irma.

The first phase of funding focused on immediate relief efforts, mostly providing funds to community organizations that could replenish food resources and provide emergency services to local residents.

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Feeding Tampa Bay, Bucs defensive lineman, lead separate recovery efforts

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09/14/2017

One group that made a significant donation to Feeding Tampa Bay is the The Tampa Bay Disaster Relief Fund. The collaborative, multi-county effort sparked by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and several United Way outlets in the region approved its first nonprofit grant on Wednesday: $100,000 to Feeding Tampa Bay to help with its distributions.

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Looking to help Irma victims? Reach out to these nonprofits

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09/13/2017

The Tampa Bay Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund offers a way to keep financial donations working at home. The new strategic collaboration is made up of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, Pinellas Community Foundation, United Way of Citrus County, United Way of Hernando, United Way of Pasco, and United Way Suncoast. The response and recovery initiative will include Desoto, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties.

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CareerEdge Extends Reach with St. Petersburg Nonprofit

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08/09/2017

Sarasota-based CareerEdge and the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg have formed a strategic partnership to address the training and development needs for differently abled Pinellas County residents. CareerEdge has hired Jennifer Evans of Meraki Strategic Group to lead this initiative. Through community and employer collaboration, gaps of service will be identified and then addressed. 

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The Pride Issue: The invisible ones

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06/21/2017

According to the True Colors Fund, a nonprofit launched by Cyndi Lauper, LGBTQ youth constitute 40 percent of the nation’s homeless minor population. In Pinellas County, the proportion appears to be slightly higher than the national rate — 41 percent, said Larry Biddle of the LGBT Homeless Youth Project, an initiative funded by the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg.

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Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg Grants $405,794 to Support Capacity-Building Projects at 29 Nonprofits

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05/31/2017

Twenty-nine nonprofit organizations have received grants ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 to support one-time projects that will enhance their ability to improve organizational capacity and advance community health and health equity in South Pinellas County. The Capacity Building Mini Grant opportunity is the first of three grant rounds sponsored by the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg (Foundation) in 2017.

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Safety advocates unveil Complete Streets report to make St. Petersburg safer for biking, walking

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05/10/2017

The movement to make the city's streets safer unveiled a new report outside Perkins Elementary School on Tuesday aimed at making the city's roads safer, including the troublesome one outside the school, 18th Avenue S. Curtis Holloman, senior director of grants and programs for the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, which awarded more than $170,000 to the complete streets project, said many cities are looking to street improvements to spur economic growth.

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Pinellas education news: Grant to help healthy eating project

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06/29/2016

The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg awarded Pinellas County Schools a $345,553 grant that will go toward the district's Healthy Schools for Healthy Children project. It was one of 19 local grants totaling about $4 million awarded last month by the foundation. Through its Healthy Schools for Healthy Children project, the district will work to change health behaviors by educating students about the benefits of staying active and eating healthy foods. The foundation draws from a $170 million endowment set up with the proceeds from the sale of not-for-profit Bayfront Medical Center to a for-profit hospital chain in 2013. The money is used to continue Bayfront's mission long-term.

For Good: Major grants invest in St. Pete projects designed to create healthy communities

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06/28/2016

South St. Petersburg entrepreneurs launching new businesses. A mobile community resource clinic that travels to impoverished neighborhoods by bus. An initiative that educates Pinellas County students about the benefits of staying active and eating healthy foods.

Those are just a few samples of dream projects that will soon be underway, thanks to $3.9 million in grants from the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg to 19 local organizations.

St. Pete chamber gets grant to advance entrepreneurial growth

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06/24/2016

The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s focus on entrepreneurs and small business startups received a boost Thursday with the news that the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg has approved a grant of $314,187 for the Chamber’s Greenhouse Community Business Development Initiative.

The initiative will award small business startup stipends, provide continuing technical training, and mentorship to provide the citizens of South St. Petersburg, particularly in the community redevelopment area, resources to start and grow businesses.

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Grants turn profits from Bayfront hospital sale into projects that encourage healthy living

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06/23/2016

Today, in its inaugural grant announcement, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg awarded $4 million to community groups working to improve public health. The 19 recipients included the Pinellas County school district, the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, Mount Zion Human Services and the USF Research Foundation.

CEO Randy Russell said he was "delighted, honored and privileged" to engage the foundation's new "grant-funded partners."

"Transformation is not only possible," he said. "It's imminent."