SHARE provides funding in the form of grants as yet another outreach into the community. From 1997 through January 2017, we have funded over $7.1 million to 86 different qualifying not-for-profit organizations for grants and strategic initiatives.
In 1999 we partnered with MCSA, AHEC, the Health Department and numerous community leaders and organizations in a health needs assessment known as Project TOUCH – Tremendous Opportunities for Union County Health. Participants representing 30 sectors across Union County identified health needs and practical ways of addressing those needs. The 10 broadly defined elements of health to address were: education, health behaviors, culture/recreation, safety/violence, health services, economy, homelessness/housing, environment, substance abuse and transportation. That needs assessment was updated in 2004 and 2010.
In 2015 SHARE Foundation spearheaded a reassessment of community needs utilizing community forums and Union County surveys from UAMS, Centers for Disease Control, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Arkansas Department of Health to determine the latest trends. Research shows out of 75 counties Union County improved in health outcomes from 59th to 44th and declined in health factors from 34th to 38th. Significant areas of concern include the increased incidence of violent crime, along with substance abuse, obesity, sexually transmitted diseases and chronic disease. These will be the preference areas of SHARE Foundation grant making in 2016.