Parkland patients to benefit from substantial gift

The Addy Foundation donation to support family planning services

DALLAS – Parkland Health Foundation is grateful to announce a $600,000 philanthropic investment from The Addy Foundation to support expanding family planning services at Parkland Health.

This funding will provide Parkland with the resources to increase access to its Family Planning Services program, allowing the health system to address barriers women and girls face when trying to access contraceptive care. The program is aimed at improving health equity within the community by empowering all women in need with affordable reproductive healthcare, resources and education.

According to Trust Her, an initiative of the Child Poverty Action Lab, unintended pregnancies result in far too many Dallas County children beginning their lives without access to critical resources. For many young women in Dallas County, the lack of access to healthcare and family planning resources can worsen the physical, mental and financial health concerns they experience. By reducing barriers to care, Parkland is helping empower young women and girls to prioritize their well-being, reduce unintended pregnancies and create a life plan that focuses on their personal goals.

“At Parkland Health, we continually strive to advance health equity in Dallas County,” said Fred Cerise, MD, Parkland’s president & CEO. “This generous gift will allow us to serve even more women through our network of community-based Women’s Health Center locations.”

The Addy Foundation provides timely, meaningful support to organizations fostering innovative and proven solutions that best serve those in need. In 2021, The Addy Foundation awarded a $135,000 grant to Parkland’s Pediatric Behavioral Health Program, elevating behavioral health services for children and adolescents.

“The Addy Foundation is committed to improving access to healthcare, from mental health to family planning, a crucial foundation of a prospering community, and by partnering with Parkland Health, we can accelerate health impact for the greater good of our community. We are proud to stand with Parkland in creating prosperity for future generations,” said Ben Leal, president of The Addy Foundation.

“Parkland Health Foundation is grateful for The Addy Foundation’s investment in Parkland’s expansion of reproductive health services and education for women and young girls in Dallas County,” said Michael Horne, EdD, MPP, president and CEO, Parkland Health Foundation. “Parkland’s commitment to the health and well-being of Dallas County residents requires strong partnership with philanthropic leaders such as The Addy Foundation who deeply understand the importance of accessible and holistic healthcare for all.”

About The Addy Foundation

The Addy Foundation was formed in 2015 by Bill and Lydia Addy to further their long history of philanthropy and volunteerism in the North Texas region. Bill and Lydia have designated The Addy Foundation as a legacy foundation with the hope that it will outlive them and continue serving the region for generations to come. The Addy Foundation, which is invitation only, primarily serves the North Texas region in the areas of: Civics and Community Engagement, Culture, Education, Health and Social Services.

About Parkland Health Foundation

Parkland Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to securing substantial financial resources that advance the goals of Parkland Health (Parkland). Parkland’s mission is to advance wellness, relieve suffering, develop and educate. Our vision is to advance health equity through excellence as a public health system. Parkland Health Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that our community has a medical home for a continuum of care from birth to end of life.

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