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Missouri Foundation for Health commits $6 million to Ferguson Commission concerns

Lydia Adams speaks during the public comment section of the Ferguson Commission meeting. Adams was one of numerous speakers who spoke during Monday's meeting, which took place in Ferguson.
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio
Lydia Adams speaks during the public comment section of a Ferguson Commission meeting in December 2014.

The Missouri Foundation for Health has announced that it will donate $6 million to address health issues raised by the Ferguson Commission last year. The priorities include gun violence, food insecurity and toxic stress.

So far, the foundation’s leadership has approved grants to two causes:

·         $1 million to the Regional Health Commission’s Alive and Well Initiative. The program conducts training and awareness programs about mental health and trauma in the St. Louis area.  

·         $450,000 to Shut it Down: School to Prison Pipeline Project. The group, led by Norm White, a professor of criminology and criminal justice at St. Louis University, trains school personnel to recognize implicit racial bias and create a better learning environment for students.  

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The Missouri Foundation for Health is a donor to St. Louis Public Radio.