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Grants & Programs

January 2017

de Beaumont Foundation (Bethesda, MD)

CityHealth, a project of the de Beaumont Foundation will release its first round of city policy ratings in February – a culmination of a two-year study of best policy practices with its roots in evidence and its eyes on change. Additionally, CityHealth announced its new package of nine proven, attainable policies that will help millions of people live longer, better lives in vibrant, prosperous communities.

CityHealth will score cities on the number and strength of the nine policies and then each of the examined cities will be assigned a medal status – Gold, Silver, Bronze, or none. The nine policy solutions are:

  • Employment benefits: Earned sick leave policies require employers to provide paid leave to workers for their own, and sometimes their family members’ illnesses.
  • Education: Universal, high-quality pre-kindergarten helps ensure that young children are better prepared to enter kindergarten ready to learn.
  • Affordable housing: Inclusionary zoning policies set aside a percentage of affordable apartments or condos in newly built developments.
  • Active living/transportation: Complete streets policies help make sure city residents can travel safely throughout their community, whether they go by foot, bike, public transit, or car.
  • Public safety: Zoning regulations on alcohol outlet density help control the number of places in a neighborhood that sell alcohol.
  • Tobacco control: Tobacco 21 policies set the minimum age to purchase tobacco products at 21.
  • Environment: Comprehensive smoking bans keep tobacco out of workplaces, restaurants, bars, and other places where people gather.
  • Food Safety: Restaurant grading policies require all restaurants to publicly display the results of their food inspections.
  • Nutrition: Healthy procurement policies set smart nutrition standards for all foods served and sold on city property.

The 40 cities by population size that CityHealth will score and for which ratings will be announced in February, include New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose, Austin, Jacksonville, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Columbus, Fort Worth, Charlotte, Seattle, Denver, El Paso, Detroit, Washington, DC, Boston, Memphis, Nashville, Portland, Oregon, Oklahoma City, Las Vegas, Baltimore, Louisville, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, Tucson, Fresno, Sacramento, Kansas City, Long Beach, Mesa, Atlanta, and Virginia Beach.

Contact: Avalon Swindell Jones
Phone: 202.339.9598


Jewish Healthcare Foundation (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) approved $1,518,000 in grants, including grants to design and create a virtual museum to the future of health care; fund planning activities for a potential new senior living-learning community at Chatham University; serve the needs of the Jewish community through a block grant to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh; and support the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Impact Fund.

  • JHF’s three-year, $500,000 grant will support the design and creation of a Museum to the Future (MTTF) of Health Care. Rather than a traditional bricks-and-mortar building, the MTTF will be an online, evolving space for health care experts, technologists, futurists, policy makers, community leaders, students, and other stakeholders to learn about cutting-edge health care innovations, spread best practices, and collaborate on new breakthroughs.
  • JHF’s $50,000 planning grant to Chatham University will be used to determine the feasibility of creating a new living-learning community for seniors. The initiative would build on Chatham’s signature programs related to physical health and wellness, the environment, and sustainability.
  • JHF’s $900,000 grant, which benefits the Jewish Association on Aging, the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Riverview Towers, and Jewish Residential Services, represents 60 percent of the $1.5 million distributed annually by the Federation to the local community for human service needs. The block grant is part of JHF’s more than $2.7 million in total funding support provided to the local Jewish community in 2016.
  • JHF’s $68,000 contribution to the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania will be used in support of its Impact Fund, which strengthens the core programs of the United Way’s partner agencies and advances new initiatives to meet critical community needs related to seniors, children and families, employment, and housing, among other items. The United Way and JHF have also partnered on the national enrollment campaign in support the Affordable Care Act, as well as the planning processes to enhance the health and well-being of local seniors, caregivers, and disabled community members.

Contact: David Golebiewski
Phone: 412.594.2553


MetroWest Health Foundation (Framingham, MA)

The MetroWest Health Foundation announced the award of $1.2 million in new grants to 27 area organizations. These grants will support a variety of community projects aimed at improving health and health care in the region.

In this latest round of funding, the foundation is supporting four grants designed to help address the opioid epidemic, including a two-year, $141,704 grant to the South Middlesex Opportunity Council to develop a peer recovery support program that can help those who have survived an opioid overdose as they seek ongoing substance use treatment. It is also supporting the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center and the Massachusetts Medical Society as they develop resources to enhance medical provider education on the use of opioids. Some of the organizations receiving health-related grants are:

  • Natick Visiting Nurse Association $261,891
  • Northborough/Southborough Public Schools $218,020
  • South Middlesex Opportunity Council $141,704
  • Marlborough Public Schools $108,100
  • Advocates, Inc. $74,268
  • Family Continuity $65,040
  • MetroWest Legal Services $38,260
  • Bridge of Central Massachusetts $20,000
  • MetroWest Free Medical Program $20,000
  • MetroWest Regional Transit Authority $20,000
  • Natick Service Council $20,000
  • BayPath Elder Services $19,875
  • Health Care for All $12,500
  • Hopkinton Youth & Family Services $12,247
  • Appalachian Mountain Club $10,000
  • Hoops & Homework, Inc. $10,000
  • Massachusetts Medical Society $10,000
  • Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center $7,017
  • Needham Public Schools $7,400
  • Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District $5,776

Contact: Cathy Glovery
Phone: 508.879.7625


The New York Community Trust (New York)

The New York Community Trust is spending $6.2 million to help 50 nonprofits across the city, bringing this year's total to nearly $47 million given through the Trust's competitive grants program. Grants related to healthy lives are as follows:

  • Weill Cornell Medicine, $200,000 to test a new gene therapy as a treatment for glaucoma.
  • Interfaith Medical Center, $180,000 to work with three institutions to engage central Brooklyn residents in a plan to address women's health, diabetes, and heart disease. Partners include: Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, NextShift Collaborative, and the DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy at Medgar Evers College.
  • Citizens Budget Commission, $150,000 to monitor and guide New York State's Medicaid reforms.
  • New York Academy of Medicine, $100,000 to study the feasibility of a supervised injection facility for injection drug users in the city.
  • Columbia University's Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, $91,000 to investigate the role of various genetic factors in glucose metabolism, accumulation of fat, and other factors in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. 
  • Crisis Text Line, $70,000 to strengthen a mental health text messaging program for African-American and Latino youth, train more black and Latino crisis counselors and promote its services in targeted media outlets.
  • Aging in New York Fund, $50,000 to sustain the volunteer teams and replicating its older-adult leadership model at new sites. 

Contact: Amy Wolf
Phone: 646.214.1004


Paso Del Norte Health Foundation (El Paso, TX)

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently awarded six grants totaling more than $867,000 under the Mental Health and Emotional Well-being Priority Area – Think.Change Initiative. The purpose of the initiative is to reduce stigma associated with mental illness.

Contact: Ida Ortegon
Phone: 915.544.7636, x2613


Sister of Charity Foundation of Canton (Ohio)

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton has announced $698,000 in health grants for the third and fourth quarters of 2016. Grants were awarded to:

  • Prescription Assistance Network of Stark County, Inc. to support operations, over three years $250,000
  • Stark County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery to support suicide prevention efforts, over three years $185,000
  • Mercy Medical Center to support the dental clinics at Mercy Medical Center and St. Paul Square, over three years $150,000
  • Canton City Health Department to support the Stark County THRIVE comprehensive evaluation, over two years $75,000
  • OneEighty, Inc. for implementation of a mobile application to support clients who are in recovery from addiction $38,000

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton offers four grant cycles each year.

Contact: Anne Savastano
Phone: 330.454.5800 x304


UniHealth Foundation (Los Angeles, CA)

The UniHealth Foundation has announced the following grants:

  • Esperanza Community Housing Corporation Healthy Breathing - Creating a Sustainable Asthma Intervention Plan for South Los Angeles ($1,279,982 over 3 years)
  • Children's Hospital of Orange County Development and Implementation of a Replicable Mental Health Institute ($811,877 over 3 years)
  • UCLA Health Telehealth Model of High Risk Infant Follow-Up Care in Antelope Valley ($775,043 over 3 years)
  • The Alliance for Children's Rights Healthy Teen Families ($200,000 over 2 years)
  • Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County Virtual Dental Home ($300,000 over 3 years)
  • Los Angeles Christian Health Centers Expanding Team-Based Care at Pico Aliso Clinic ($200,000 over 2 years)
  • California State University Northridge Valley Nonprofit Resources Latino T2DM MFG Project in partnership with Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, ($175,002 over 2 years)
  • National Health Foundation Creating an Evaluation Framework to Measure Tierra del Sol Foundation's Impact on the Health and Wellness of its Clients with Developmental Disabilities ($126,175)
  • 1736 Family Crisis Center Housing Solutions Program for Survivors of Domestic Violence ($100,000)
  • Partners in Care Foundation Los Angeles Alliance for Community Heath and Aging ($100,000)
  • Cancer Support Community – Pasadena Cancer Support Groups for Family and Friends, Caregivers and Those Bereaved ($50,000)
  • Worksite Wellness LA Project Access ($50,000)