Programs & Focus Areas

Health Care

The Stafford Foundation supports programs that might not otherwise be funded to help the underserved learn about a healthy lifestyle and to provide tools and training to help them carry out what they have learned. We have supported Health initiatives at the following organizations:

  • Inova Foundation
  • The Cancer Project

Inova Foundation

The Stafford Foundation supports and works with INOVA Foundation in Fairfax, VA to support the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP).  HELP which is a national program is the first of its kind in the Northern VA and the D.C. metropolitan area.  With the assistance of carefully trained volunteers, older patients receive individualized, bedside attention to lessen or prevent what is known as delirium.   With the foundations support, HELP is available to patients 70 and older free of charge.

The Cancer Project

The Cancer Project promotes cancer prevention and survival through a better understanding of cancer causes, particularly the link between nutrition and cancer. The Stafford Foundation extended the work of The Cancer Project to a pilot project at Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA to explore how disadvantaged and underserved communities could improve their health and wellness.

Disproportionally high instances of cancer, diabetes and hypertension in African American communities prompted The Stafford Foundation to sponsor a pilot project to identify best practices for prevention. The program sought practices that could be replicated in disadvantaged and underserved communities across the country. The program recommends a vegetarian diet consisting of legumes, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and it offers participants creative ways to prepare dishes that are not only healthy, but very tasty as well.

“What you learn through this program is that through dietary changes, you can reduce your risk of cancer and many other illnesses,” said Mrs. Darhyl Jasper, a registered nurse and Director of the Health and Wellness Program at the church.

In addition to hands-on instruction to learn to cook healthy foods, each participant received the book, The Cancer Survivor’s Guide: Foods That Help You Fight Back.

“The People’s Inaugural Ball moved and inspired our whole community. By extending this opportunity to homeless women from our programs, the Stafford Foundation reminded us of the worth and integrity of every person, and the value of every voice.” 

~ Schroeder Stribling, Executive Director, N Street Village