Invest in Our Community Programs
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, the Foundation of Yuma Regional Medical Center is able to support numerous programs that help build a healthier community for Yuma area residents. These champions of our cause help us fulfill our mission to support a healthier community through philanthropy and our vision to foster "healing for today, educating for tomorrow and preparing for the future." With your support, these programs will continue to have positive health outcomes in our community.
In an effort to address childhood obesity and the resulting life-long health implications, the Yumans' Obesity Undermines Their Health (Y.O.U.T.H.) Initiative was created. This program has a two-prong approach empowering the community to develop its own solutions to this pervasive health issue. The Foundation provides grants for innovative programs proposed by local groups and organizations. This community grants program provides funding for programs and projects that reduce obesity. The Y.O.U.T.H. Initiative also provides funds for the Walk for Wellness: Mileage Club at eight Yuma elementary schools.
School Health Care Program
The Foundation contributes approximately $100,000 annually to provide healthcare to underserved children. Children of Yuma County now have access to vaccines, annual physical exams, dental screenings and other much needed services. Today there are four clinics and an East County Mobile Clinic and a Mobile Dental Van serving seven elementary school districts (45 elementary schools). Since its inception, over $1.3 million has been designated for this program providing over 20,000 uninsured children in Yuma County with healthcare services.
The Foundation is committed to growing our own healthcare providers and investing in the continuing education of YRMC's nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals. To support this, over $48,000 in scholarships are awarded annually to local students pursuing health related degrees and professional education of our current employees. These scholarships offset the ever-increasing tuition and fees faced by students and professionals and allow them to pursue degrees and continuing education contributing to the health and well-being of all Yumans.
Drive for School Supplies
School supplies are cost prohibitive for many families, especially during these tough economic times, and children need our support more than ever before. In an effort to help the children of Yuma County who are most in need, the Drive for School Supplies was established in 2000 and has continued as an annual effort involving community members, hospital staff, businesses and service organizations. The program provides backpacks and school supplies for all grade levels in Yuma area schools including San Luis, Gadsden, Somerton, San Pasqual, Wellton and Dateland. The Drive for School Supplies provides backpacks and supplies to 54 schools and 10 organizations throughout Yuma County. Since its inception over 30,000 backpacks have been provided.
The Foundation provides community members with patient emergency supplies, blood sugar monitors, educational materials and nutrition classes.
Breast Cancer Support and Awareness
- Bridget's Gift
Bridget's Gift is a special fund honoring Yuma native and inspiration Bridget Martinez. Bridget was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in 2008. Bridget's wish was to give the gift of breast cancer education and resource awareness to her community. This program provides funds for breast exams, resource programs and financial support to patients and families affected by breast cancer.
- Support and Screenings
The Foundation assists indigent patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Through its work with the Yuma Coalition for Awareness, the Foundation also offers mammogram screenings for uninsured women below the age of 50.
Food for Life
To assist cancer survivors in preparing meals that lead to healthy life-styles, local resdent, Jean Myers R.N. started the Cancer Survivors Cooking Class in 2006. Her course was based on Dr. Neal D. Barnard's book "The Cancer Survivors Guide: Foods That Help you Fight Back." Since then, the class has evolved into the Food for Life course offering nutritional advice to all Yumans interested in reducing their risk of not only cancer, but heart disease, obesity and diabetes. This class asks participants to consider a plant-based diet to improve their health and to adopt healthier eating habits. Over a 1,000 Yumans have participated in the classes which are supported by the Foundation.