Twenty West Virginia-based non-profit organizations will receive funding from the newly created Highmark West Virginia’s Charitable Fund for Health to support programs addressing social determinates of health and oral care in West Virginia.

The grants, from the program’s inaugural grant cycle, total nearly $1 million.

“Highmark’s new West Virginia Charitable Fund for Health is excited to provide critical funding to support West Virginia-based health and social service organizations, particularly those that address the social determinants of health and oral care for West Virginia families,” said Jim Fawcett, president of Highmark West Virginia. “We are looking forward to seeing the positive impact these grant funds will make to support the well-being of our community through this funding.”

Announced this past spring, the West Virginia Charitable Fund for Health is a new funding extension of the Highmark Foundation and was established to address and improve the health, well-being and quality of life for individuals who live in West Virginia.

Oral Health and Dental Care Grant recipients includes a $50,000 grant to Wirt County Health Services Association.