Forefront Living Foundation receives Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas 

Award will fund Child and Family Bereavement Program at Faith Presbyterian Hospice

Forefront Living Foundation is pleased to announce it was awarded a Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® (HKHF) grant by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX). The HKHF funding will support BCBSTX’s commitment to community-based organizations supporting children and families that focus on health and wellness and target impacts of socio-economic and social determinants of health, as well as economic opportunity.

Grant funding from BCBSTX will support the Child and Family Bereavement Program of Faith Presbyterian Hospice (FPH), providing children in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with a dedicated support system for mitigating the negative effects of parental and familial loss. This specialized program offers a variety of assistance, specifically helping high-risk children navigate one of the most challenging life experiences – the loss of a parent and/or a sibling. Services offered are free of charge and are available to the DFW community. The FPH vision is to raise awareness for child bereavement, while diminishing the long-term effects of unprocessed childhood grief. All bereaved children, no matter their circumstances, should have access to the support and resources necessary to positively adapt to a significant loss in their lives.

Launched in 2011, HKHF started as a three-year project designed to improve the health and wellness of at least one million children through community investments. The program was extended as BCBSTX’s ongoing commitment to the health and well-being of the children and families across Texas.

“We are happy to award these grants that will support and nurture meaningful and transformational projects across Texas,” said Sheena Payne, BCBSTX’s director of Community Investments. “Strategically, it is also important that we continue to aid community-based organizations that are directly supporting children and families with health and wellness equity as well as building foundations for economic opportunity.”

The HKHF program – which centers on nutrition, physical activity, disease prevention and management and supporting safe environments – has awarded more than $20 million in funding since inception, and this year will impact the lives of more than 5 million children and adults in Texas.