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William Footman of Normal has his blood pressure checked by Karley Licking, a student intern working on a bachelor's degree in public health, at the Community Health Care Clinic in Normal on April 18, 2018. Footman is among patients assisted by an innovative pilot program that connects emergency department patients in need with primary care providers to manage their chronic health conditions.

BLOOMINGTON — John M. Scott Health Trust grants totaling $307,065 for several health care organizations have been approved for 2019, the first year after the trust shifted away from funding direct aid to low-income individuals in need.

The city last year restructured how it manages proceeds from the $11.5 million health trust established by the late judge to help pay medical costs for people in financial need. Instead of serving such clients directly through the City of Bloomington Township office, the John M. Scott Health Resource Center now gives grants to health care agencies that serve such people in McLean County.

The Bloomington City Council, acting as trustees of the trust, approved the  grant awards Monday night.

They are $104,571 for Community Health Care Clinic's operations and $26,143 for its pharmacy; $95,857 for McLean County Center for Human Services' psychiatric program; $17,429 for Center for Youth and Family Solutions'  family counseling program and $17,429 for its telephone psychiatric services for youths; $17,429 for Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center's Peace Meals; and $26,143 for the McLean County Health Department's dental clinic.

The awards are made from net proceeds of the trust's investments.

Last year's changes also included dissolving the money-distribution relationship with the township and transitioning to using the trust as a grants-only program. The City Council will continue as trustees with final decision-making power.

The city's community development department has assumed administrative oversight and worked with the 11-member advisory John M. Scott Health Care Commission to develop processes for the new grant format. The commission established a grant application process and notified community agencies eligible to apply.

Contact Maria Nagle at (309) 820-3244. Follow her on Twitter: @Pg_Nagle

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Bloomington Reporter

Bloomington reporter for The Pantagraph.

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