2022 Grant Recipient

Smoketown Family Wellness Center

AWARD: $100,000


PROJECT: Hiring a Community Health Worker 

PROJECT IMPACT: Community Health Workers improve health well beyond the doctor's visit, building trust and connecting families to resources.

Organization Statement: With the belief that all children deserve reliable healthcare, Smoketown Family Wellness provides clinical care to children in a community-based environment that offers healthy lifestyle support for the entire family.

Major Recent Successes:

  • Provided weekly Covid vaccine clinics with Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness
  • Hosted the Kroger Mobile Market monthly
  • Provided JCPS with a site for after school tutoring

How this funding will impact this organization:  

The Smoketown Family Wellness Center (SFWC), located in the heart of the Smoketown neighborhood, strives to establish healthy lifestyles from birth.

Our innovation model focuses on wellness, aiming to prevent diseases that begin in childhood.  SFWC also supports parents with the knowledge and resources they need.  using a concierge-style care for children of families with Medicaid, we offer 24/7 access to pediatricians, extended appointment times, and a "two generation" model supporting the needs of both caregiver and child. 

An Impact100 Louisville grant will allow SFWC to hire a community health worker (CHW) or CHAMP (Community Advocate Mobilizing Partnerships) to serve as a bridge to clinical and critical non-clinical resources.  The CHW will support families by helping them overcome barriers in education, housing, food, and transportation.

CHWs are trusted community members with shared culture, language, and experiences, trained to serve as liasions between the community and the healthcare system.  CHWs have been shown to improve health equity and well-being, especially with emotional health concerns such as low self-esteen, bullying, trauma, and suicide prevention.  

With Impact100 Louisville's grant we can move closer to our goal of adding 10 year of quality life to Smoketown children. 

Wish List: 

  • Baby Formula
  • Diapers/Pull Ups
  • Gift Cards
  • Culturally Appropriate Books Including Books about Puberty