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Health Foundation gives $1.5 million to local groups, cities

Anita Debres Martin won a $25 gift for being creative at a practice job interview held at the Chapman Center homeless center at 1550 North Miami Avenue in 2009.
Anita Debres Martin won a $25 gift for being creative at a practice job interview held at the Chapman Center homeless center at 1550 North Miami Avenue in 2009. Miami Herald Staff

Medical care for the homeless, more space for bikers and pedestrians on city streets, fewer kids smoking — local groups working towards those and other goals will receive more than $1.5 million in grants from the Health Foundation of South Florida, the organization said Thursday.

“Supporting the essential efforts of nonprofits that are making an impact on improving the health of under-served individuals and families is at the core our mission,” CEO Steven Marcus said in a statement.

In total, 20 nonprofits, cities and government agencies in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties will benefit from the funds, including the Chapman Partnership North, a homeless shelter in Miami-Dade, which will receive $200,000 to provide primary care services for children and adults living there.

Also receiving funds are the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County ($48,850) to promote smoke-free housing policies, the American Lung Association ($92,831) to decrease the availability of tobacco products to young people in Broward, and the cities of Hialeah ($80,000), Miami ($91,737) and South Miami ($20,000) to make roadways more friendly to bikers and pedestrians.

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This story was produced in collaboration with Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation. Christina Veiga of the Miami Herald contributed to this report.

For more information on the Health Foundation of South Florida call 305-3747200 or visit: www.hfsf.org.

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