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Foundation gets $2 million to help rural and low-income communities

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has received a $2 million grant that it plans to match with another $2 million to help up to 10 low-income and rural communities.

The first $2 million comes in the form of a Social Innovation Fund grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that operates the AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs, among others. The grant, to be distributed over the next two years, is one of 11 nationwide awarded by the agency.

The non-profit Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky said in a news release that the $4 million initiative will "develop innovative strategies to improve access to needed health services, reduce health risks and disparities and promote health equity across Kentucky."

The foundation plans to do that by providing "funding, intensive training and technical assistance to community groups with innovative ideas for improving the health of their community."

"We believe that communities, working together, can develop innovative responses and business plans uniquely tailored to their challenges and opportunities," Susan Zepeda, executive director of the foundation, said in the release.