The Erie Women’s Fund Grants $100,000 to MHEDS to Establish New Health Care Center

September 01, 2020

The Grants Committee of the Erie Women’s Fund (EWF), a donor-advised fund of the Erie Community Foundation, is proud to announce that the 2020 recipient of its $100,000 Major Grant is the Multi-Cultural Health Evaluation Delivery System (commonly known as MHEDS). Annually, through the generosity of the Erie Women’s Fund members, EWF selects a project that best represents the true intention of the EWF mission statement – Empowering Women and Families.

"The Erie Women's Fund is very excited to be contributing to an effort to increase the community's access to primary care," said Kathy Stearns, Co-Chair of the Grants Committee, Erie Women’s Fund.

The MHEDS project is titled “Empowering Underserved Women and Families to improve their Health and Wellness”. MHEDS is a 501c3 nonprofit health center that delivers primary care to uninsured and underinsured populations in Erie regardless of their ability to pay. This particular project is designed to establish a new health care delivery site in the 16510 zip code area that will engage 800-1,000 residents to seek and receive evidence-based prevention and wellness services delivered in a culturally inclusive manner. Primary care, oral health, women’s health services and health education will be delivered regardless of one’s ability to pay.

“Bringing health care services to the JFK Center and its neighborhood has been part of MHEDS’ strategic plan for the past two years and it is finally achievable with this grant from the Erie Women’s Fund,” said Patty Stubber, Executive Director of MHEDS.