Saint Joseph Martin awarded $178,000 grant for violence prevention initiative

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MARTIN – Saint Joseph Martin, part of KentuckyOne Health, has been awarded a $178,241 grant to support Green Dot, a bullying intervention program for school-age children.

Green Dot will serve high school students of the Floyd County School System and also contribute to Catholic Health Initiatives’ systemwide initiative to prevent violence in every community the health care system serves.

The Green Dot Program will work to reduce the number of students who report being physically or verbally threatened, attacked or hurt at school. The program will educate the Floyd County community about bullying and other aggressive acts and give youths in the community the knowledge to identify aggressive acts and the skills to reduce the number of incidents.

“The Green Dot program will help us address the potential problem of students being physically and verbally threatened, attacked or hurt at school,” said Neva Francis, Vice President, Healthy Communities, KentuckyOne Health. “The main goal is to create Green Dot clubs in each of the public high schools in our community.”

The grant is provided by the Mission and Ministry Fund of Catholic Health Initiatives, the national health care system that includes KentuckyOne Health and Saint Joseph Martin.

Since it was established in 1996 with guidance from the health system’s founding congregations, the Mission and Ministry Fund has awarded 452 grants totaling more than $63 million to programs across the globe. The fund was established through contributions from Catholic Health Initiatives’ facilities across the nation.

“As providers of health and health care, we see the human cost of violence every day as victims come to us for emergency services,” said Kevin Lofton, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives. “Violence prevention is a systemwide, long-term commitment for us. With the help of grants from the Mission and Ministry Fund, our local organizations are doing excellent work. They are moving ‘upstream’ to find the places and situations in which violence can be prevented.”

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