CHI LakeWood Health awards $6,036 for Community Health Improvement Grant to Lutheran Social Services Senior Meals Program. The Community Health Improvement Grant program is one way CHI LakeWood Health is working with others to improve the health and well-being of the community we serve. The grant program is focused specifically on significant needs identified in CHI LakeWood Health’s most recent community health needs assessment. This was the first year CHI LakeWood Health has offered the Community Health Improvement Grant which opened for grant proposals back in late July. Applicants were notified of funding decisions in late November with the grant project period beginning in January of 2024.

With the funds awarded, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota plans to continue supporting critical nutrition for older adults in the Baudette area. Their meal service is supported by federal funding through the Older Americans Act, but this funding does not fully cover the cost of providing meals. The meal program offers in-person congregate dining for locals to connect socially while enjoying a delicious meal, promoting physical and mental well-being. As the number of older adults in the region continues to increase, funding such as this will be essential to serve as many people as possible.

About CHI LakeWood Health

CHI LakeWood Health has been an integral part of the Baudette community since 1950. The campus includes a 15-bed acute-care Critical Access Hospital, a Skilled Nursing Facility, and a family-practice Rural Health Clinic. LakeWood offers a variety of medical services including: Cardiac Rehab, Public Health, Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies, Behavioral Health, Telemedicine, Visiting Nurse and Ambulance Services. LakeWood is a member of CommonSpirit Health, a faith-based national health care system that was formed in February 2019 through the merger of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health.