Vermont Business Magazine The Mt Ascutney Prevention Partnership (MAPP), a prevention coalition based at Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, was recently awarded a $45,000 grant from The Fanny Holt Ames and Edna Louise Holt Fund. The Fund was created to provide support to not-for-profit organizations serving the health and medical needs of individuals living in communities surrounding Grafton, Vermont.
The Holt Fund grant will be used primarily to help support the Prevention Partnership’s mentorship collaboration with the Springfield Prevention Coalition (SPC). In its grant application, MAPP noted the critical need for prevention efforts in the Springfield, VT community, where, according to a 2013 Springfield School District Report on high school youth risk behavior, 30% of students drank alcohol, smoked cigarettes, 26% used marijuana and 3% used a prescription drug not prescribed to them.
"There is both a great need and a great opportunity to lower rates of substance abuse in the Springfield community,” says Jill Lord, RN and Chief Nursing Officer for the Hospital and President of the Windsor Area Community Partnership. “This mentoring grant means that MAPP will have the resources to assist the SPC in its goal of becoming a fully functioning and self-sustaining prevention coalition.”
Mt. Ascutney Prevention Partnership, (MAPP), is a substance abuse prevention and health promotion coalition based at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center.
Since 1996, the Partnership has focused on implementing best practices and policies through its initiatives aimed at decreasing underage drinking and prescription drug abuse, protecting youth from the dangers of tobacco smoke, increasing opportunities for physical activity, and promoting the availability of healthy foods. For more information visit www.mappvt.org.
About the Fanny Holt Ames and Edna Louise Holt Fund
The Fanny Holt Ames and Edna Louise Holt Fund was created through the generosity of Fanny Holt Ames and Edna Louise Holt. In 1983, an automobile accident claimed the life of Fanny Holt Ames and seriously injured Edna Louise Holt. She felt fortunate to have been able to afford the care she received and determined to help others access the same health and medical care opportunities through the establishment of the Fund, which focuses on aid to not-for-profit health organizations in Grafton, VT and surrounding communities.
About Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center
Founded in 1933, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is a not-for-profit community hospital network including the critical access-designated Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Windsor, Vermont, and Ottauquechee Health Center in Woodstock, Vermont. Affiliated with Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the Hospital provides people in communities across the Connecticut River Valley with primary care and a comprehensive suite of specialty services, along with 25 inpatient beds, a therapeutic pool and an acclaimed, 10-bed inpatient rehabilitation department. Mt. Ascutney Hospital is a recipient of the national Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service, one of the most prestigious awards in healthcare, and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), as well as the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) with Level 3 status, the highest level of medical home designation for delivering quality care. For more information, please visit www.mtascutneyhospital.org