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AETNA FOUNDATION AWARDS $20,000 GRANT TO MECKLENBURG COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT FOR IMMUNIZATIONS IN CHARLOTTE NEIGHBORHOODS

 CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Aetna Foundation of Hartford, Conn. will award a $20,000 grant to Mecklenburg County's Health Department on Tuesday, Jan. 18 to help pay for immunizations in targeted Charlotte neighborhoods.
 The grant will be used as part of Charlotte's "Success By 6" program, a community-wide effort of business, government, education, health, religious, volunteer, and human service organizations focused on early childhood development programs.
 Success By 6 programs were initiated by United Way of Central Carolinas, and are intended to provide assistance in specific neighborhoods in Charlotte.
 The Aetna Foundation grant will be used to cover costs associated with the immunization efforts for the Success By 6 program.
 Proposed sites for the immunization efforts are the Johnston YMCA at 3025 N. Davidson St. and two other sites convenient to people in the area. Those sites will be chosen later.
 The check will be presented Tuesday at the regular meeting of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners by Patrick Dowd, Vice President of Aetna Health Plans in Charlotte, and by Linda Hamilton of Aetna.
 Peggy Ellis, RN, who is head of the immunization program at the Mecklenburg Health Department, will accept the check.
 The Charlotte office of Aetna Health Plans requested the grant on behalf of the county health department.
 "The Aetna Foundation and Aetna Life & Casualty Company have made a commitment to improving the health of children nationwide. Part of that effort is encouraging and supporting immunization efforts in communities around the country," Dowd said.
 "Children must be immunized before they start school. But children that aren't immunized earlier can catch preventable childhood diseases that cost our local healthcare resources thousands of extra dollars."
 In the neighborhoods targeted for attention from the Success By 6 program, the health department estimates there are about 1,500 children between the ages of two months and 6 years. The grant from the Aetna Foundation will help immunize about 300 children in the three neighborhoods.
 "We appreciate the support of the Mecklenburg County Commissioners for these programs, and we at Aetna hope to have other opportunities to support similar efforts in the months to come," Dowd said.
 The grant announcement is part of a $15 million corporate immunization program Aetna and the Aetna Foundation will implement through 1996. About $3 million in Aetna grants have been awarded to several national and local immunizations efforts to date.
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 /CONTACT: Patrick Dowd, Vice President, Aetna Health Plans, 704-353-7177/


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