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Colorado Springs Health Foundation looks to prevent abuse with local grants 

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The Colorado Springs Health Foundation will award almost $600,000 in grants to nine organizations in El Paso and Teller counties working to prevent child abuse and support victims.

Joint Initiatives for Youth & Families, a nonprofit that helps agencies collaborate to match families and kids with resources, received the largest grant with $138,000. Among the other recipients: the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic; TwoCor, a vocational program for traumatized youth; and TESSA of Colorado Springs, which supports domestic violence survivors.

The Colorado Springs Health Foundation was created in 2012 when the city leased Memorial Health System to University of Colorado Health. Since then, the foundation has awarded or committed more than $12 million in grants, including nearly $4 million so far this year, it notes in a statement.

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