American Lung Association Awarded Grant to Study millennials' Lung Health

The American Lung Association has been awarded one of its largest research grants ever by the National Institutes of Health (NIH): a new $24.8 million grant for “The American Lung Association Lung Health Cohort.” Through this historic grant, Northwestern Medicine scientists (among others) will conduct the first-ever national longitudinal study focused on the lung health of millennials.

2019 Curt Gordon Memorial Foundation Grants Announced

Community Health Charities of Nebraska, soon to be CHAD (Combined Health Agencies Drive), announced the 2019 Curt Gordon Memorial Foundation grant recipients. Distributions made from the endowment fund are generated by funds from donors above and beyond the annual workplace campaigns across the state. Seven of the organization’s 22 member charities received programming grants this year.

Community Choice Grant Voting is Open Now!

Voting for the #CommunityChoiceGrant is going on now. The winner of the grant will be decided by community vote with the requirement that all who vote also connect with CHAD on social media. Voting runs through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 15. The $1,000 award can be used by the charity recipient in any way they see fit to support their mission, directly serving Nebraskans statewide. This is an easy way to share your voice and support the charity you care most about! Vote here.

Guest Post: Increasing the "Voice" of Brain Injury across Nebraska

As you know, individuals of all ages across the state experience a brain injury including TBI, concussions, strokes, anoxia, aneurysms, infections and more are still too often, unseen, unheard and definitely underserved. The individuals that BIA-NE is currently working with through Resource Facilitation are only a fraction of the total number of our huge, growing diverse population living with long-term effects of an injury to the brain.

Guest Blog: The Impact Alzheimer's Disease has on the African American Population

During Black History Month, I’d like to recognize the impact Alzheimer’s disease has on the African American population. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are currently more than 5 million Americans living with the disease, and it’s the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. It is also disproportionately impacting the African American community, as older African Americans are twice as likely as older white Americans to develop the disease.

Community Health Charities of Nebraska to Change Name, Launch Rebrand Campaign in 2019

Effective July 1, 2019, Community Health Charities of Nebraska will change its name back to its original name, CHAD (Combined Health Agencies Drive).

“This opportunity lets us revert back to being a totally local and unique entity in the state and the country,” said Michelle Grossman, President and CEO. “Many of our donors, volunteers and community partners remember us as CHAD, so we are excited to move forward with a name from our past and let our future as an organization reflect all the great work and history the CHAD name encompasses.”

Honoring our 2013-2014 Campaign Chair

Courtney Lierman served as our 2013-2014 West Central Campaign Chair after being diagnosed with Chronic Myloid Leukemia (CML) in October of 2012. It’s been nearly six years since she chaired the campaign, and in those six years, she graduated from high school and went on to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Nebraska-Kearney in four years. Now, she is back in Grand Island working as a Program and State Fair Volunteer Coordinator for the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce. "The last six years have been anything but smooth, but I never once questioned putting my education or life on pause to let my disease take over," she said. "I still battle my Chronic Myelocytic Leukemia day in and day out, but I have learned to take it in stride."

Curt Gordon Memorial CHC-NE Foundation Update: Autism Action Partnership's "BE SAFE" Training

Earlier this year, five of our member charities received the 2018 grants from the Curt Gordon Memorial CHC-NE Foundation. These funds were awarded above and beyond the quarterly distributions that these charities are receiving from CHC-NE, which are provided by donors through the annual statewide campaign. Autism Action Partnership received funding to support it’s “Be Safe” Interactive Movie Screening.

Curt Gordon Memorial CHC-NE Foundation Update: Brain Injury Alliance's "Unmasking Brain Injury" Project

Earlier this year, five of our member charities received the 2018 grants from the Curt Gordon Memorial CHC-NE Foundation. These funds were awarded above and beyond the quarterly distributions that these charities are receiving from CHC-NE, which are provided by donors through the annual statewide campaign. Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska’s received funding for it’s “Unmasking Brain Injury” project, which combines art, therapy and advocacy and gives individuals with brain injury the opportunity to share their story through the creation of a mask.

Curt Gordon Memorial CHC-NE Foundation Update: MDA Summer Camp

Earlier this year, five of our member charities received the 2018 grants from the Curt Gordon Memorial CHC-NE Foundation. These funds were awarded above and beyond the quarterly distributions that these charities are receiving from CHC-NE, which are provided by donors through the annual statewide campaign. Muscular Dystrophy Association of Nebraska received funding for its summer camp, which took place from June 10 to June 15 in Fremont.

Community Health Charities of Nebraska Announces West Central Region Campaign Chairs

Community Health Charities of Nebraska (CHC-NE) has announced the 2018-2019 CHC-NE Campaign Chairs for the West Central Nebraska region. Stacy and Brian Sybrandts, Grand Island, will lead efforts to achieve this year’s regional goal of raising $175,000 for 22 health charities through the donor-focused nonprofit organization, said Kari Hooker-Leep, CHC-NE Regional Director.

Komen, Methodist Hospital Offer 3D Mobile Mammography Unit

Through heightened awareness, early detection through screening, improved treatment methods and increased access to breast health services, people have a greater chance of surviving breast cancer than ever before, according to Susan G. Komen Great Plains. In fact, better detection through screenings and better treatment options have reduced the mortality from breast cancer in the United States 39 percent from 1989 through 2015, said Karen Daneu, Chief Executive Officer, Komen Great Plains.