PatientsVoices was recently awarded a Phase I SBIR grant from the National Science Foundation. They proposed creating a domain specific software application that provides systematic and specific patient feedback for improving patient satisfaction ratings.  It will quickly provide hospitals with dynamic, detailed snapshots of improvement categories from the patient’s perspective to improve HCAHPS scores and the patient experience.  

Metro Lutheran Ministries (MLM) was recently awarded a $68,650 grant from AmeriCorps Foundation to support five AmeriCorps members. 

Metro Lutheran Ministry will have the five AmeriCorps members provide financial literacy services, employment services, housing repair, housing repair education, nutrition education, community gardening, and food delivery services primarily in Kansas City, Missouri with limited services in  Kansas City, Kansas. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will have been responsible for improving individuals’ financial knowledge, helping clients become employed, assisting seniors with maintaining safe housing, and increasing food security for economically disadvantage individuals. 

Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri (GSKM) recently received a grant for $5,000 from the Union Pacific Foundation to help build the pipeline of female leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The Girl Scouts STEM programs focus on helping girls develop critical thinking skills to discover their potential and realize their options for careers paths through hands-on, inquiry-based learning on a wide variety of STEM topics. The program engages girls in three key areas of leadership - girls discover themselves; connect with others; and take action to make the world a better place and use the Girl Scout learning process: girl-led, learning is cooperative, and learn by doing. Volunteer-led STEM programs will be available for troops at camp properties. Programming includes environmentally-focused, hands-on activities such as geocaching and astronomy.

Developing Potential Inc. was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from the H&R Block to upgrade their telecommunications system.

Developing Potential Inc. (DPI) received the grant to replace its aging and disjointed telecommunications system with a modern, unified system.  This project will enhance DPI’s ability to deliver services to individuals with developmental disabilities in Jackson County, MO, and will result in enhanced health and safety for individuals served. 

Comprehensive Mental Health Services (CMHS) recently received a grant for $42,000 from the Jackson County COMBAT Prevention Program to provide a prevention program to targeted youth deemed by the schools to be at-risk for drug use and/or underage drinking.

CMHS will provide weekly educational groups for the selected students using the Life Styles Training (LST) curriculum. The program teaches students the negative effects of substance use/abuse across many aspects of life. Special attention is paid, in discussion groups, to the importance of avoiding violence, and the relationship of drugs and alcohol to violent behavior.  CMHS will also offer follow-up services to youth and families through referrals to adolescent CSTAR, Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services,  Outpatient Services, and Youth Community Support and Diversion. All offered services  would serve to increase family protective factors.