Virginia Premier and The Cameron Foundation in partnership to expand health care access for Petersburg students
Virginia Premier and The Cameron Foundation have jointly announced their financial support for the creation of a school-based health center in Petersburg. The center, which is tentatively scheduled to open by August 2019, will act as a clinic within the Petersburg school system, providing medical services to students.
The City and Schools Partnership in Petersburg is creating the health center in collaboration with the United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg. Virginia Premier will fund two years of project management functions that are necessary for the program to move forward. The Cameron Foundation is making a proactive grant to support the technical assistance needed to plan, implement and manage the center in Petersburg public schools.
“In its proactive investments, priority is given to visible, high-impact projects that transform the community and address the social determinants of health. Using this strategy, we hope to improve the foundation’s impact through increased collaboration with community partners. The school-based health center initiative aligns well with our work as a health legacy foundation,” said Cameron President J. Todd Graham.
Cameron Foundation, VCU School of Education partner to launch teacher residency program in Petersburg schools
Following The Cameron Foundation’s approval of $350,382 towards an innovative teacher residency program in Petersburg schools, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is under way with its selection process to form a cohort of residents for the new initiative. The plan is being implemented by Richmond Teacher Residency (RTR), a program of the VCU School of Education.
Cameron President J. Todd Graham explained that the Foundation began investigating different proactive strategies to support Petersburg City Public Schools (PCPS) in 2015, after the Foundation hired its first fellow. The researcher identified a number of approaches that could benefit the struggling school division.
Cameron Foundation Welcomes New Board Member
The Cameron Foundation welcomes Alice Squires Martin to its board. Martin is an active volunteer and civic leader in the Tri-Cities area and has served as an educator for preschool children for nearly 30 years. A longtime Petersburg resident, Martin serves on the boards of the Friends of the Historic Farmers Bank and Petersburg Garden Club. She works with a number of other groups to support historic preservation, civic engagement, and health. For more than 35 years, Martin also has volunteered at the Twig Shop at Southside Regional Medical Center.