Help people who put their health needs aside because they need to put food on the table for their hungry children or gas in their car to get to work.Through our Good Neighbor Grants program, we help people get their health care needs met with limited income or special circumstances. The Ottauquechee Health Foundation and its Good Neighbor Grants program helps people who face challenges in their everyday lives and aims to assure that all individuals in our community have access to health care.
Access to health care services! 15% of adults in rural Vermont are uninsured or under-insured. Also, because we live in rural Vermont, we have limited primary health care in our service area. In addition, 49% of Vermonters do not have oral health insurance and must pay out of pocket for all oral health care needs. The gaps in our health care system are evident when looking at the requests for assistance through our Good Neighbor Grant program.
Applicants need assistance with paying for those services not covered by private or state medical insurance such as medication, glasses, hearing aids, oral health care, counseling, and so much more. For example, we recently received an application from an elderly individual who lived alone and was at risk for falling. Medicare would not cover safety equipment for her bathroom! With the Good Neighbor Grant program, this individual was able to receive a tub rail ($84) through our program.
We make our communities a better place to live! Last year alone, we funded more than $66,000 in Good Neighbor Grants which benefited 59 households. These grants ranged in size from $150 to over $5,000, covering pharmacy, hearing aids, eye glasses, medical supplies, mental health counseling, special baby formula, Life line subscription, dental care or physical therapy. Through our Good Neighbor Grants program we help people get their health care needs met so they enjoy well health and happiness.