Action Wellness this month received $325,000 in federal funding for its Philadelphia Linkage Program, which helps formerly incarcerated people connect with resources.
The organization was one of seven to earn the grant for its work to improve the health outcomes for people aged 18-26 who come from minority communities and have been formerly incarcerated. The grant comes through the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In all, the office distributed $2.4 million in funding.
“We are very excited to have the opportunity to continue and expand the successful work we have accomplished through our Philadelphia Linkage Program, helping to connect clients with medical and social services upon release from jail and reducing barriers for clients to remain in care,” said Elizabeth Hagan, deputy executive director of Action Wellness.
The Office of Minority Health said in a news release that grantees found ways to coordinate among the criminal-justice, public-health, social-service and private sectors to address health-care access for the re-entry population, reduce disparities experienced by the population and reduce recidivism.