Church Health and International Paper Partner for Healthcare and Coverage

Church Health awarded $300,000 grant from International Paper

July 26, 2018, Memphis, TN – Today International Paper (NYSE: IP) awarded $300,000 to Church Health to support the Covered Communities pilot program, a targeted and comprehensive initiative led by Church Health to improve health and well-being among children and families in high-need areas within Memphis, TN.

The multi-year pledge will help integrate MEMPHIS Plan healthcare coverage, health ministry development, expansion of child and family programs and offer nutrition classes in targeted high-need neighborhoods in Memphis.

“International Paper is an exceptional corporate leader and community partner,” explains Dr. Scott Morris, Chief Executive Officer, Church Health. “Their generosity and support are vital to putting preventative services, education and health coverage within reach of low-income families and fostering a stronger system of care.”

“International Paper is proud to support Church Health and the new Covered Communities program,” says Amy Grow, Manager, Community Engagement, International Paper and Executive Director of the International Paper Employee Relief Fund.  “Health and wellness and education are focus areas of International Paper’s community efforts, and children’s health is critical to their ability to learn.”

Through the program, families will receive healthcare and services at Church Health, participate in nutrition classes at their congregations, engage children in age-appropriate wellness and prevention activities and access relevant specialized care and resources to improve overall family health and mitigate health risks.

About Church Health:

Church Health provides quality, affordable healthcare to individuals who work in low-wage jobs with no access to affordable healthcare. Founded in 1987 by Dr. Scott Morris, an ordained United Methodist minister and board-certified family practice physician, Church Health has grown to become the largest faith-based healthcare organization of its kind in the United States. The Model for Healthy Living serves as the cornerstone for Church Health’s care and outreach.

In 2017, Church Health became one of the founding tenants of the Crosstown Concourse redevelopment project, a “vertical urban village” serving one of Memphis’ most ethnically diverse and economically challenged neighborhoods. Consolidating our 13 separate facilities under one roof in our purpose-built space at Crosstown enabled us to serve more people and serve them better.

For more information about Church Health, our model of care and services, visit

Contact: Jenny Koltnow, Director, Communications and Development, 901.218.2539 c/

About International Paper:

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, India and Russia. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable worldwide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness and papers that facilitate education and communication. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and employ approximately 52,000 colleagues located in more than 24 countries. Net sales for 2017 were $22 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit


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