Valley Health Receives $100,000 Highmark Grant to Address Mental Health Awareness, Prevention and Access.

Huntington, West Virginia [August 16, 2023] – Valley Health Systems, Inc. is thrilled to announce the award of a $100,000 grant from the Highmark West Virginia Charitable Fund for Health.    Valley Health was selected from among dozens of compelling grant proposals, and will use the funds to support its mental health programming for children and youth in the region.  Valley Health plans to expand access to tele mental health services, hold community outreach events, and train community members to reduce stigma regarding mental health by providing education on risk factors, protective factors and available resources.

“The need is great, and we are honored to play a small role in the long-term, positive impacts that will come from the initiatives that received funding this cycle, both in the behavioral health space as well as the other grants approved, addressing the healthcare worker shortage, community and family health, and oral health,” said Jim Fawcett, president of Highmark West Virginia.  Fawcett praised Valley Health’s commitment saying, “Valley Health System provides a tremendous resource to so many communities and families. This initiative that focuses on improving mental health and well-being for young people will offer such valuable tools, and we’re excited to see the positive outcomes of this program.”

“We are beyond grateful for the generous grant received from Highmark. This funding will allow us to make a significant impact in our community by providing much-needed resources and support for mental health among youth. It is truly inspiring to see Highmark’s commitment to improving the well-being of our community, and we look forward to working together to create a brighter future for our youth,” said Steven L. Shattls, President and CEO of Valley Health Systems, Inc..

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia serves approximately 250,000 members through the company’s health care benefits business and hundreds of thousands of additional members through the BlueCard® program. The Highmark Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) private, charitable organization dedicated to improving the health, wellbeing, and quality of life for individuals who reside in the communities served by Highmark, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates.

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Valley Health Systems, Inc. is a leader in primary care since 1975 and operates more than 40 healthcare centers and public health programs in southwestern West Virginia and southern Ohio.   With more than 170 providers and 800 staff members, Valley Health is dedicated to accessible, quality healthcare for all members of our communities.   Valley Health Systems, Inc. delivers primary care services to more than 100,000 patients in our service area each year. 

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