Guthrie awards grant for Bradford County YMCA

Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program awarded $2,880 to the Bradford County Branch YMCA in support of affordable fitness for clients in drug and alcohol recovery. The YMCA will use the funds to assist clients/members in recovery through fitness and establish YMCA as a safe, sober environment. Josephine Robles, Guthrie’s Director of New York State Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program and Community Relations, said: “Guthrie is pleased to award funding to this local YMCA program which promotes healthy lifestyles for those in recovery. Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program supports projects that target health challenges facing our communities.” This grant was awarded as part of Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program, which funds projects based on Guthrie’s Community Health Needs Assessment. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), requires non-profit hospitals to complete a community needs assessment (CHNA) every three years. The following areas of need were identified for 2020-2023: obesity, access to mental health providers, and cancer incidence with a focus on tobacco usage. For more information, or to apply for a Guthrie Community Benefit Grant, please visit Pictured are: Josephine Robles, Director of NYS DSRIP Program and Community Relations at Guthrie; Rachel Trent, Livestrong at the YMCA Coordinator; Matthew Kelly, YMCA Membership and Wellness Director; Donald Skerpon, Administrative Chief of Staff at Guthrie; Joseph Sawyer, President of Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital.