Bayfront Health St. Petersburg awards 7 local organizations in first Community Grant Program

St. Petersburg, FL (August 10, 2022)- Seven Pinellas County organizations are recipients of Bayfront Health St. Petersburg’s first Community Grant Program. The program offers competitive grants to assist local organizations and hospital team members in their efforts to improve health and wellness in the region.

The grants help address the top three health needs as identified by the 2018 Pinellas County Community Health Assessment, which are:

  1. Improved access to care
  2. Mental health and substance abuse
  3. Built environment/access to transportation

As part of the requirements for submitting applications, initiatives must align with the assessment, which is conducted every three years. Comprehensive data collection and analysis are used to identify key health needs and issues in communities across the region.

The following organizations were awarded grants for their programs:

  • Evara Health Foundation, “Beyond the Belly Mother and Infant Care Project” - $10,000
  • Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, “Naloxone Leave Behind Educational Program” -$10,000
  • Homeless Empowerment Program, “Mental Health First Aid for Homeless” - $7,161
  • Metro Inclusive Health, “Community Health Navigation Project” - $50,000
  • Neighborly Care Network, “Pantry Delivered” $10,000
  • St. Petersburg Free Clinic, “Enhancing Access to Medical Care for Pinellas County Residents without Health Insurance” - $10,000
  • United Way Suncoast, “Supporting ALICE Families in Campbell Park” - $10,000

“We are clearly connected to the communities we serve.” said John Moore, President of Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. “Several of our team members are on numerous boards throughout Pinellas County, contributing time and talent to help with opportunities like the Bayfront Health St. Petersburg Community Grant Program. It’s just another way to positively impact our neighbors and address some of the significant health needs across the county.”

B-roll and interviews from today’s event are available here.


About Bayfront Health St. Petersburg

The 480-bed Bayfront Health St. Petersburg was founded in 1910. It was acquired October 1, 2020 by Orlando Health, a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $8 billion of assets under management. The hospital’s areas of clinical excellence include heart and vascular, surgical services, rehabilitation services, neurosciences, maternity care and – as home to the only state-accredited Level Two Adult Trauma Center in the St. Petersburg region – emergency services and trauma care.

Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is integral to the 3,200-bed Orlando Health system which serves the southeastern United States through 10 award-winning hospitals, 9 hospital based ERs, including Central Florida’s only Level I Trauma Center, and 7 free-standing emergency rooms; rehabilitation services, cancer and heart institutes, imaging and laboratory services, wound care centers, physician offices for adults and pediatrics, skilled nursing facilities, an in-patient behavioral health facility, home healthcare services in partnership with LHC Group, and urgent care centers in partnership with FastMed Urgent Care. More than 4,200 physicians, representing more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties have privileges across the system, which employs more than 23,000 team members.

Orlando Health’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) program hosts more than 350 residents and fellows including more than 40 who are enrolled at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg’s OB/GYN, Family Medicine, Sports Medicine and Pharmacy programs.

In FY21, Orlando Health served more than 160,000 inpatients and 3.6 million outpatients. During that same time period, Orlando Health provided approximately ¬¬¬$648 million in total value to the communities it serves in the form of charity care, community benefit programs and services, community building activities and more. Additional information can be found at or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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