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The Kendrick Foundation Announces New Grantees to Address County’s Top Health Needs

Morgan County, IN – The Kendrick Foundation is pleased to announce its 2019-2020 grantees. Following a competitive application process, the foundation chose 10 grantees to address its three priority areas of substance abuse, mental health, and obesity.

“These three priority areas directly align with the top health needs identified by the community in the Franciscan Health Mooresville Health Needs Assessment Report 2019-2021,” said Keylee Wright, Kendrick Foundation Executive Director. “Morgan County ranks 49th out of 92 counties in the state for health outcomes, so we have to strategically focus our collective efforts and resources in the areas of greatest need, where we can make the greatest impact.”

The Kendrick Foundation granted $629,620 to the following organizations to improve the physical and mental health of Morgan County residents:

• Youth First, Inc. – To provide social workers and prevention programming at Bell Intermediate Academy and Paul Hadley Middle School

• IU Health Morgan – To offer smoking and vaping cessation classes

• Adult and Child Health – To provide behavioral health therapists and training in Mooresville schools

• Catholic Charities Indianapolis – To support additional mental health specialists at IU Health Morgan

• Boys & Girls Club of Morgan County – To offer youth healthy lifestyles programming focused on mind, body, and soul

• Ruth Lilly Health Education at Marian University – To provide educational programming in local middle and high schools for healthy lifestyle behaviors (physical activity and nutrition), substance-free living, and depression awareness

• Barbara B Jordan YMCA – To provide diet and exercise programming to adults in partnership with IU Health Morgan

• Desert Rose Foundation, Inc. – To provide crisis intervention and counseling services to women and children in partnership with Catholic Charities Indianapolis, Inc.

• Centerstone – To provide behavioral health support for children and families at Eminence School

• The Martinsville Youth Center – To help local youth build self-esteem, adopt healthy lifestyles, and value education

“In order to accomplish our mission, we have to work collaboratively across sectors,” said Greg McKelfresh, Kendrick Foundation President. “Our grantees are working within health systems, schools, and communities throughout the county to support our residents with evidence-based, best practice, and innovative interventions and resources that promote health and well-being.”

With assets over $30 million, the Kendrick Foundation provides grant and scholarship funds to medical and health programs, and supports community outreach, health care education, and programs for the medically indigent. The Kendrick Foundation is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors who is responsible for the oversight of its investments, grants, and scholarships.

The mission of the Kendrick Foundation is to financially support education and initiatives that improve the physical and mental health of Morgan County residents. The Kendrick Foundation will be the premier catalyst to identify and promote the health care needs of Morgan County.

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The Indiana Health Care Professional Recruitment and Retention Fund Program (IHCPRRFP) provides loan repayment for student loans incurred by health care professionals to encourage the full-time delivery of health care in shortage areas. Administered by the Indiana State Department of Health, the IHCPRRFP provides an incentive for psychiatrists, alcohol and substance use counselors, and practitioners in related disciplines to practice in a specific, federally designated Indiana region experiencing high numbers of opioid deaths.

Priority counties include Blackford, Dearborn, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Randolph, Switzerland, Union and Wayne. Although priority counties have been identified, all qualifying providers in any county are encouraged to apply.

The project has grant opportunities for professional loan repayments to qualifying providers in mental health and addiction-related disciplines first, followed by primary care physicians, who are also in short supply.

Applications for the next round of funding are available at


Where are We Now?

In 2007 The Kendrick Foundation became it’s own privately held foundation.

However, it maintains a close relationship with the Community Foundation of Morgan County and both foundations continue the desire to care for our neighbors and provide leadership to improve our community.

The Community Foundation of Morgan County staff also shares the responsibilities of the Kendrick Foundation.

Holding assets over $29 million, the Kendrick Foundation provides grant and scholarship funds to medical and health programs, support to community health care outreach programs, healthcare education and financial support to programs for the medically indigent.

Each month Kendrick is focusing on a particular healthcare issue on Public Health initiatives to help Morgan County stay informed.


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