The Sangamon County Medical Society Foundation

SCMS Foundation Health Grant Application Forms

2016 SCMS Foundation Health Grant Application Form

2016 SCMS Foundation Health Program Application

2016 SCMS Foundation End-of-Year Report

2016 SCMS Foundation Health Grant End-of-Year Report

Sangamon County Medical Society Foundation
2015-2016 Health Programs

Foundation Programs are health related activities conducted throughout the 2015-2016 year by Foundation member volunteers. This year $1,200 has been budgeted from the Foundation account for the following program:

MacArthur Park apartments Family Outreach Center Children's Program: ($1,200)
The Outreach Center has an afterschool program for the 31 children living in MacArthur Park Apartments that includes tutoring, art projects and participation in the "Grow Your Own Grub" garden project by genHkids. Volunteer opportunities are available and the funds provided would be used to provide healthy snacks for the children participating.

Sangamon County Medical Society Foundation
2016 Health Grants

The 2016 Grant Committee was pleased to present its recommendations to the board for approval, then to the general membership, which voted on the proposal at the March general meeting. Eight applications for grants were received this year and the alliance voted to grant partial or full funding to all eight of these wonderful organizations. The names of these charitable groups will be familiar as the SCMS Foundation has granted funds to all of them in past years, many of them multiple times. Thanks to all these organizations for the good work they do in our community and for allowing us to support their missions.

Project Linus will be given $500 to purchase materials for making blankets for Camp Coco campers.

Reading is Fundamental (RIF) will be awarded $1250 for purchase of health and science related paperback books for 3rd-5th grade students in Sangamon County.

The Parent Place will be given $1485 ($1000 for diapers, $385 for a DVD series on parenting, and $100 for a literacy event to be held at Henson Robinson Zoo).

Kumler Outreach Ministries will receive $2500 to assist with purchase of prescription medications for clients in need.

A donation of $2000 will be given to the James Project for gift cards to be given to foster families taking in children who come to them on short notice without the basic needs, for purchasing shoes for the children.

Genhkids will be granted $1500 for garden beds and cooking classes for a summer program for underprivileged boys which will provide them life skills, mentoring and job training.

MERCY communities will be given $1000 for the purchase of incentive store supplies, including paper products and cleaning supplies, which are earned by at-risk families for achievement of goals and positive behaviors.

The Sojourn Shelter will receive $2500 for purchase of fruit, vegetables, dairy and meat for families staying at the shelter.

If you are interested in more information about the Foundation, its Programs or Grants, or the Annual FAB fundraiser, you may contacts us through email at or mail at SCMS Foundation, 1337 Wabash Avenue, Springfield, IL 62704.

Foundation Health Grants

The Sangamon County Medical Society Foundation awarded 11 health grants to ten
local not-for-profit organizations and three Medical Alliance Health Program Certificates on Monday,
April 22nd at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. The Medical Alliance is a county chapter of
the state organization of current and past physician spouses dedicated to improving the community

Health Literacy

Health Literacy is the ability to
• read,
• understand and
• act on health information.
Professionals help patients when they write at the 4th - 6th grade reading level. About 50% of all U.S. readers read at or below the 8th grade reading level.

Medical Alliance members can assist projects and improve health care with health literacy. Read the materials that your program hands out. Type the first paragraph into your computer. You can set your computer to give you the reading level. To do this,
• Click on Tools
• Click on Options - the last item in the category
• Click the Spelling and Grammar tab (first row center for Microsoft Word)
• Put a checkmark in the Readability and Statistics box.

After you write a page, do a grammar and spelling check. With these tabs set, all you need to do is click on Tool. Then, and click on Spelling and Grammar (or F7). The computer will provide the reading level, and tell you the
• Counts of words, characters, paragraphs and sentences
• Average number of sentences per paragraph, words per sentence (aim for about 10), characters per word (aim for about 4) and
• Readability - % of passive sentences (you should use active tense), the Flesch Reading Ease and the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level.

The Parent Help Line, a Medical Alliance Project, writes tip sheets, newsletters and brochure that
1. Have columns that limit the length of the line to about 8 words,
2. Limit the sentence length to about 10 words, and
3. Use words that average about 4 characters per word.
Log onto to see examples of good health literacy.

If you need help to rewrite materials or want a workshop on Health Literacy, contact:
Pat Graham

The AMA Foundation trained Pat to share the Health Literacy message and tools. She can help you analyze the reading level of your health materials. She can train staff and board members to rewrite materials that patients can read, understand, and follow.

Write to Be Read
Follow these Write to Be Read tips to insure that you write a message that the reader can understand. Only then, can a person act - or do what meets the goal of the health care plan.

A reader should "get the message" with one reading. During reading, the eyes scan the print. Eyes stop and start. You read when your eyes stop - 3 to 4 words. A reader should read a line in two stops.

To write for all readers:
• Use plain English.
• Make every word count.
• Be clear, concise, and brief.
• Use positive (do), not no and don't.
• Test for ease of reading before printing.

Tools to Write Clearly
• Subject and verb together if possible
• Vivid, active verbs
• Active voice
• Short, simple sentences
• Personal pronouns (You) - "talking" words
• Few verbals (participles, gerunds, infinitives)
• Few prepositional phrases
• Lists, not long sentences
• Concrete, familiar words, except for necessary technical terms
• Chats and pictures
• One or two-syllable word when possible

Design and Layout to Aid Readers
1. Use no more than 65 characters per line or 10 words.
2. Choose a simple font no smaller that 12 point.
3. Serif letters, with little "feet", are easier to read.
4. Italics and script are difficult to read.
5. Justify only left margin.
7. Write descriptive headers.
8. Break up dense copy. Use shorter paragraphs or headers.
9. Leave plenty of open, white space on the paper.