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Endeavor Awards $996,000 in Health and Wellbeing Grants

April 22, 2015

Non-scholastic needs addressed so kids can learn and thrive

Low-cost access expanded to improve continuity of health care

Endeavor Foundation announced two grants totaling $996,000 to strengthen the health and well-being of children and adults in Northwest Arkansas through increased access to community resources. Both grants are strongly aligned with Endeavor's focus on solutions that incorporate systemic change and social equity.

Endeavor awarded a $411,000 planning grant to Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas to develop a holistic regional approach to ensuring that the physical health, mental health, and basic needs of school-aged children are met. With 23% of children in Northwest Arkansas living below the poverty threshold and more than half of the region's homeless population under the age of 18, the challenges are daunting. 

"It is very difficult to teach a child who is hungry, sick, chronically absent from school, or suffering from ongoing behavioral issues," stated Dr. Janie Darr, Superintendent of Rogers Public Schools. "This concept holds great promise to help us resolve some of the biggest issues facing kids outside the classroom so that we can refocus our attention on what we do best...teaching them inside the classroom," stated Dr. Darr. "By working with Mercy, our school district peers, and other key leaders in the community, we're confident we can develop a solution that not only supports the whole child, but the whole family unit as well."

"We at Mercy are thrilled at the chance to bring our resources and expertise to bear on helping our kids become physically and emotionally healthier and more stable so that they can do better in school and have a chance at success in all other aspects of their lives," said Dr. Steve Goss, Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas President.

In addition to the Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas grant, a $585,000 grant was awarded to Community Clinic to open a new community health facility in southwestern Fayetteville. The clinic will provide comprehensive, coordinated and continuous primary and preventive healthcare services to patients regardless of their ability to pay. Southern Washington County is a high need area largely unsupported by Community Clinic's twelve existing locations. The new Martin Luther King Boulevard location will be accessible via Ozark Regional Transit and University of Arkansas Bus routes. The clinic will include twelve exam rooms, a Behavioral Health office, a lab, and general amenities to support up to 6,200 patients annually.

"Endeavor has supported Community Clinic for more than a decade, and we continue to be impressed by the number of people they serve and the quality of affordable care they are able to offer to those most in need," stated Anita Scism, President and CEO, Endeavor Foundation. "We commend Community Clinic for offering an alternative to emergency room visits and providing an ongoing continuum of care for thousands of people.  Improving the health status of our community’s most economically disadvantaged is an important step in alleviating poverty."

About Endeavor Foundation

Endeavor Foundation is a professionally-staffed grantmaking organization governed by a Board of respected business, civic, and community leaders who live and work in Northwest Arkansas. Over the past 15 years, Endeavor has made grants totaling more than $93 million to help create a thriving and vibrant Northwest Arkansas. We rely on the region’s civic and business leaders, community organizers, and nonprofit providers to address common needs through innovative thinking and long term solutions. Endeavor supports collaborative efforts that effect systemic change on a large scale so that, together, we can improve the lives of all the people that call Northwest Arkansas home.

About Mercy Northwest Arkansas

Mercy Northwest Arkansas employs 1,800 co-workers and more than 165 integrated providers.  It includes the 208 bed Mercy Hospital in Rogers, Ambulatory Surgery Center in Bentonville, and 30 Mercy Clinic locations within the Northwest Arkansas region.   Mercy Northwest Arkansas is part of Mercy which is the nation’s fifth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. serving millions annually.

About Community Clinic

Community Clinic is a Federally Qualified Health Center with 12 locations in Northwest Arkansas.  It pursues its mission by addressing the needs of the community near their home with medical clinics in Springdale, Rogers and Siloam Springs; dental clinics in Springdale and Rogers; and school-based health centers in Springdale, Fayetteville, Prairie Grove, Lincoln and Siloam Springs.  As a community health center, services include preventive care, chronic disease management, prenatal care, women’s health, pediatric services and dental care. 

Media Contact Information & Interviews

 For more information or to schedule an interview with the Foundation or any of our grantees or their partners, please contact Anita Scism, President/CEO, Endeavor Foundation. Anita can be reached at or by phone at (479) 361-4624 (office) or (479) 409-7964 (mobile).