Congratulations to the winner of our first-ever #CommunityChoiceGrant. The winner is…
Thank you to all of our Eastern Nebraska partners listed here for supporting Community Health Charities of Nebraska and our 22 member charities. We appreciate all that you do for those in Nebraska affected by chronic disease. Your support is key in helping those in need across the state.
Voting for the #CommunityChoiceGrant is going on now. The winner of the grant will be decided by community vote with the requirement that all who vote also connect with CHAD on social media. Voting runs through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 15. The $1,000 award can be used by the charity recipient in any way they see fit to support their mission, directly serving Nebraskans statewide. This is an easy way to share your voice and support the charity you care most about! Vote here.
On March 1, the Nebraska Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) kicked off an awareness and advocacy campaign that supports Nebraskans affected by bleeding disorders, including hemophilia and von Willebrand disease.
In celebration of our upcoming name change and rebrand campaign effective July 1, 2019, Community Health Charities of Nebraska, soon to be CHAD (Combined Health Agencies Drive), will award one of our 22 member charities the first-ever Community Choice Grant through the Curt Gordon Memorial Foundation.
As you know, individuals of all ages across the state experience a brain injury including TBI, concussions, strokes, anoxia, aneurysms, infections and more are still too often, unseen, unheard and definitely underserved. The individuals that BIA-NE is currently working with through Resource Facilitation are only a fraction of the total number of our huge, growing diverse population living with long-term effects of an injury to the brain.
During Black History Month, I’d like to recognize the impact Alzheimer’s disease has on the African American population. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are currently more than 5 million Americans living with the disease, and it’s the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. It is also disproportionately impacting the African American community, as older African Americans are twice as likely as older white Americans to develop the disease.
Jen Gibbs, Central and Western Nebraska Territory Manager for Midwest Medical/DJO Global, has joined the West Central CHAD (Combined Health Agencies Drive) Board of Directors, representing Nebraska Kidney Association.
Effective July 1, 2019, Community Health Charities of Nebraska will change its name back to its original name, CHAD (Combined Health Agencies Drive).
“This opportunity lets us revert back to being a totally local and unique entity in the state and the country,” said Michelle Grossman, President and CEO. “Many of our donors, volunteers and community partners remember us as CHAD, so we are excited to move forward with a name from our past and let our future as an organization reflect all the great work and history the CHAD name encompasses.”
Business and community leaders from across the state were named to our CHC-NE Boards of Directors at our Annual Meeting on Aug. 22.
Courtney Lierman served as our 2013-2014 West Central Campaign Chair after being diagnosed with Chronic Myloid Leukemia (CML) in October of 2012. It’s been nearly six years since she chaired the campaign, and in those six years, she graduated from high school and went on to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Nebraska-Kearney in four years. Now, she is back in Grand Island working as a Program and State Fair Volunteer Coordinator for the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce. "The last six years have been anything but smooth, but I never once questioned putting my education or life on pause to let my disease take over," she said. "I still battle my Chronic Myelocytic Leukemia day in and day out, but I have learned to take it in stride."
Earlier this year, five of our member charities received the 2018 grants from the Curt Gordon Memorial CHC-NE Foundation. These funds were awarded above and beyond the quarterly distributions that these charities are receiving from CHC-NE, which are provided by donors through the annual statewide campaign. Autism Action Partnership received funding to support it’s “Be Safe” Interactive Movie Screening.
Earlier this year, five of our member charities received the 2018 grants from the Curt Gordon Memorial CHC-NE Foundation. These funds were awarded above and beyond the quarterly distributions that these charities are receiving from CHC-NE, which are provided by donors through the annual statewide campaign. Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska’s received funding for it’s “Unmasking Brain Injury” project, which combines art, therapy and advocacy and gives individuals with brain injury the opportunity to share their story through the creation of a mask.
Earlier this year, five of our member charities received the 2018 grants from the Curt Gordon Memorial CHC-NE Foundation. These funds were awarded above and beyond the quarterly distributions that these charities are receiving from CHC-NE, which are provided by donors through the annual statewide campaign. Muscular Dystrophy Association of Nebraska received funding for its summer camp, which took place from June 10 to June 15 in Fremont.
Community Health Charities of Nebraska (CHC-NE) has announced the 2018-2019 CHC-NE Campaign Chairs for the West Central Nebraska region. Stacy and Brian Sybrandts, Grand Island, will lead efforts to achieve this year’s regional goal of raising $175,000 for 22 health charities through the donor-focused nonprofit organization, said Kari Hooker-Leep, CHC-NE Regional Director.
Two new Fremont-area advocates have joined the Community Health Charities of Nebraska (CHC-NE) State Leadership Council: Tom Reilly, Midlands University and Chairman of the Great Plains Athletic Conference AT Committee, and Peggy Kennedy, retired from Fremont Health and Advocacy Chair for Arthritis Foundation.
Through heightened awareness, early detection through screening, improved treatment methods and increased access to breast health services, people have a greater chance of surviving breast cancer than ever before, according to Susan G. Komen Great Plains. In fact, better detection through screenings and better treatment options have reduced the mortality from breast cancer in the United States 39 percent from 1989 through 2015, said Karen Daneu, Chief Executive Officer, Komen Great Plains.
Nebraska AIDS Project (NAP) offers free HIV testing at its offices in Lincoln, Omaha and Kearney; in its Scottsbluff and Norfolk offices, testing is referred out to hospitals. Chlamydia and gonorrhea testing is also available as a $10 service. “Testing is super important because not everybody thinks about HIV as a thing anymore. In Omaha, there are high chlamydia and gonorrhea rates. Lancaster County is experiencing a very, very high chlamydia rate, especially with those who are under 24,” said Lacie Tewes, Prevention & Support Services Supervisor, Nebraska AIDS Project.
For agencies such as the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter, advocacy is especially important, as Alzheimer's is one of the most underfunded chronic health conditions, said Sharon Stephens, Executive Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter. “While there has been significant growth in funding for Alzheimer's disease research, we are still behind.”
Advocacy efforts have always been crucial for JDRF International – Heartland Chapter. In fact, it’s because of the grassroots efforts of those affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D) that JDRF was created in 1970. To this day, the commitment and passion of JDRF volunteers help move the needle of the agency’s mission forward.