Report to the 177th from the Episcopal Presbyterian Health Trust
The Episcopal Presbyterian Health Trust (EPHT) is a nonprofit, grant-making foundation established in 1985 as a joint health care ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, the Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery, and St. Luke’s Hospital. Its purpose is to assist in providing health and medical care services to uninsured and underserved populations in the City of St. Louis and adjacent communities.
Under the direction of a voluntary Board of Trustees appointed by the sponsoring organizations, EPHT manages $15.9 million of assets and uses the investment income they generate to fund competitive grants to area health care providers for the expansion of existing services and new initiatives.
The projected impact on community health status and the sustainability of services following the conclusion of a grant are critical factors in selecting awardees.
Since its inception, EPHT has awarded more than $10.1 million in both large and small grants to a broad array of organizations and coalitions in the metropolitan area for the improvement of the community’s health and enhanced access to essential services.
In 2016 (YTD), EPHT received and reviewed grant requests from 23 local organizations, with several additional applications awaiting action. To preserve and grow the Trust’s asset base and, thus, sustain its funding capabilities indefinitely, the board has adopted conservative guidelines for the annual expenditure of investment income on grant awards. Of the $560,930 allocated for grant support in 2016, a total of $349,970 has been awarded (YTD) to 15 recipients. At least nine additional proposals totaling another $266,180 will be considered before the end of the year.
The programs supported for “at risk” populations included: telehealth; healthcare for recovering drug addicts and prostitutes; memory care; school nursing; assistance for mental health treatment; audiology, dental and physical therapy services; and housing for families of hospitalized children.
In the coming year, EPHT will continue to actively solicit and respond to proposals from organizations solidly invested in the St. Louis community and firmly committed to addressing the health care needs of the most vulnerable among us.
The Reverend Dr. Marc D. Smith