WLPAA Receives $100,000 Grant Award from Direct Relief's Fund for Health Equity

Updated: Oct 7

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West Louisville Performing Arts Academy

West Louisville Boys & West Louisville Girls Choir

P. O. Box 11035 Louisville, Kentucky 40251-0035


West Louisville Performing Arts Academy

Receives $100,000 Grant Award from Direct Relief's Fund for Health Equity

Louisville, KY, Sept 22, 2021— West Louisville Performing Arts Academy today announced it is among 40 awardees across 20 U.S. states that received a grant from Direct Relief’s Fund for Health Equity, which mobilizes financial resources for organizations focused on non-clinical interventions that affect a person's health. Commonly known as the social determinants of health, these factors include an individual’s physical, social, political, cultural, and economic environment.



The 40 awardees included in today's announcement received funding for a wide range of initiatives, including efforts to diversify the healthcare workforce, serve people experiencing homelessness, sustain and restore Indigenous health practices, and reduce infant mortality rates that fall disproportionately along racial and ethnic lines.


West Louisville Performing Arts Academy received $100,000 from the Fund for Health Equity for its work to provide year-round access to quality, out of school time vocal and instrumental music and learning opportunities - promoting social and emotional learning (SEL), shaping educational and employment opportunities and engaging in youth development, mental health and cognitive development of youth ages 8-18 through the wonderful world of music and access to performing arts.


"We are pleased to bolster the indispensable work of these grassroots organizations striving to reduce disparities and increase equity among vulnerable populations," said Dr. Byron Scott, MD, MBA, Co-Chair of the Fund for Health Equity and Board Director of Direct Relief and Chair of its Medical Advisory Council. "With their deep ties and particular insights into the people and communities they serve, these groups are best suited and most acutely aware of what can make a difference – and it’s a privilege to be able to enable them to do more of it with philanthropic funding that is often difficult to secure within their local communities."

The awardees were selected by the Fund for Health Equity's Advisory Council, which includes the following members:

  • Co-Chair Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, 18th U.S. Surgeon General of the United States, Founder Bayou Clinic, Inc.

  • Co-Chair Byron Scott, MD, MBA, Board Director of Direct Relief and Chair of its Medical Advisory Council

  • Martha Dawson, DNP, MSN, RN, FACHE, President of the National Black Nurses Association, Associate Professor the University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Jane Delgado, Ph.D., MS, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health

  • Gail Small, JD, Head Chief Woman, a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe

The grants announced today follow $1.8 million in funding issued by Direct Relief’s Fund for Health Equity last month, with support from the AbbVie Foundation.

Direct Relief will announce additional grant awards this year.

Please direct all media inquiries to :

McDaniel Bluitt, President & CEO

502-376-7840

wlbc_wlgc@yahoo.com

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