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January 2019

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation (Detroit, MI)

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation recently awarded research grants to Michigan researchers. The grantees are:

  • Nnenaya Agochukwu, MD, University of Michigan—to develop a real-time prototype risk calculator for the prediction of sexual function recovery following radical prostatectomy. ($10,000)
  • Adejoke Ayoola, PhD, Calvin College—to evaluate the efficacy of group-based "Preconception Reproductive Knowledge Promotion" for increasing reproductive knowledge, pregnancy planning, self-efficacy, and early recognition of pregnancy, especially among low-income and ethnic minority women of childbearing age. ($60,000)
  • David Berger, MD, William Beaumont Hospital Research Institute—to describe the provision of the in-hospital interventions of targeted temperature management and immediate percutaneous coronary intervention after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and survival. ($10,000)
  • Susan Mlynarczyk, PhD, Grand Valley State University—to evaluate the reliability of the Premature and Young Infant Development Assessment Tool as a method of assessing premature and medically fragile infants’ eligibility for services post-discharge from neonatal intensive care units. ($60,000)
  • Michael Klinkman, MD, University of Michigan—to explore patient attitudes, beliefs, and concerns regarding social determinants of health (SDOH) screening, follow-up care, and the sharing of SDOH data between medical, behavioral health, and social service providers. ($10,000)
  • Vivek Nagaraja, MD, University of Michigan—to integrate Patient-Reported Outcomes into rheumatology clinics and educate health providers as to their value. ($10,000)
  • Andrew Shuman, MD, University of Michigan—to examine drug shortages in Michigan hospitals in terms of best practices as well as a communication structure to collaboratively address current shortages. ($50,000)
  • Daphna Stroumsa, MD, MPH, University of Michigan—to determine patient and provider perspectives on the components, utility, appropriateness, risks, and feasibility of two Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy initiation approaches. ($10,000)

Phone: 313.225.9134
Email: foundation@bcbsm.com


 

The California Endowment (Los Angeles, CA)

The California Endowment (TCE) announced its partnership with Ise Lyfe, an award-winning artist and social justice advocate, to launch a new statewide juvenile justice exhibit. smallasaGIANT is a photography project and exhibition that will tell the personal, familial, communal, and historic story of young people that have been sentenced to over 20 years in prison when they were under the age of 18. It will feature over 50 current and formerly incarcerated people that were sentenced to adult terms before they were adults.

As the curating artist of smallasaGIANT, Mr. Lyfe aims to bring further awareness to the ineffectiveness of the nation's Juvenile Justice System through this collaboration with TCE and uplift California's advocacy communities pioneering victories as an example and asset for the national resistance against mass incarceration.

Beginning in 2019, smallasaGIANT will travel to seven different regions in California, including Oakland, Los Angeles, and Mall of the Central Valley. Project leadership has affirmed that the project is confirmed to show at the esteemed research and art institution Museum of Anthropology in San Bernardino, Coachella Valley Arts Center, and other premier venues in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and the San Francisco Bay area, California.

Contact: Tasion Kwamilele
Phone: 510.480.9341
Email: tasion@lyfeprodctions.com


 

Cambia Health Foundation (Portland, OR)

Cambia Health Foundation announced new investments with 14 innovative organizations who share in the foundation’s vision and commitment to transform the way people experience health care. More specifically, these grants focus on delivering game-changing solutions that address social determinants of health, enhance patient engagement, develop seamless integrated care in both urban and rural communities, support the achievement of health equity, and mitigate the impact of childhood trauma. Together, they tip the scales toward more positive health behaviors and better outcomes.

Below is the complete list of grantees:

  • Art with Heart
  • Association for Utah Community Health
  • Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington
  • Coalition of Community Health Clinics
  • Comunidades Unidas
  • Eastern Oregon Healthy Living Alliance
  • Idaho Primary Care Association
  • Lee Pesky Learning Center
  • Lines for Life
  • North by Northeast Community Health Center
  • Northwest Housing Alternatives
  • Oregon Community Health Worker Association
  • Sound Mental Health
  • University of Utah

Contact: Mary Frances Baldes
Email: maryfrances.baldes@cambiahealth.com


 

Cone Health Foundation (Greensboro, NC)

Cone Health Foundation committed $4,722,296 in grants to thirty-two different Greensboro, North Carolina-area nonprofit organizations, some of which received more than one monetary grant and others of which received technical assistance with no monetary grant. The awards support community collaborations and agencies working in the foundation’s four focus areas of grantmaking: access to health care, adolescent pregnancy prevention, HIV/AIDS, and substance use/mental health disorders.

Grants were made to the following organizations, categorized by the foundation’s areas of focus:

Access to Care

  • Alcohol and Drug Services of Guilford
  • Cone Health - Congregational Nurse Program, Community Health and Wellness Center*, Family Medicine Center* and Renaissance Family Medicine Center*
  • Family Service of the Piedmont
  • Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation
  • Guilford Adult Health
  • Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services – Division of Public Health and Division of Social Services
  • Mustard Seed Community Health Center*
  • The University of North Carolina at Greensboro - Center for New North Carolinians and Department of Social Work
  • Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine Family Medicine at Eugene*

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention

 

  • Cone Health - Center for Women’s Healthcare at Greensboro and Women’s Hospital
  • Guilford Child Development
  • Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services - Division of Public Health
  • Planned Parenthood South Atlantic
  • Tim and Carolynn Rice Center for Child and Adolescent Health at Cone Health
  • SHIFT NC
  • YWCA Greensboro

HIV 

  • Central Carolina Health Network
  • Cone Health - HomeCare Providers and Regional Center for Infectious Disease
  • North Carolina AIDS Action Network
  • Triad Health Project
  • Wake Forest University Health Sciences

Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders 

 

  • Alcohol and Drug Services of Guilford
  • Cone Health - Behavioral Health Hospital*
  • Family Service of the Piedmont
  • Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation
  • Kellin Foundation
  • MONARCH
  • The University of North Carolina at Greensboro - Department of Social Work and Institute for Health Science and Society

*Technical assistance grantee

Community Collaborations

 

  • Action Greensboro
  • Building Stronger Neighborhoods
  • Guilford Adult Health
  • Guilford Nonprofit Consortium
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • Partners Ending Homelessness
  • Say Yes Guilford

Contact: Susan Shumaker
Phone: 336.832.9555
Email: susan.shumaker@conehealth.com


 

Jessie Ball duPont Fund (Jacksonville, FL)

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund awarded the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, a $100,000 grant to recruit and train three social workers and expand services provided by the Institute’s Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress. The grant was among 22 awards, valued at $1.3 million, made by the trustees during their fall meeting.

Each year, Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress provides clinical services to more than 1,100 children who experience neglect, physical or sexual abuse, or are exposed to violence in their neighborhoods. Ninety percent of the children seen in the Center live in the most socioeconomically challenged areas in Baltimore, Maryland. The Institute is currently receiving an increased number of trauma referrals from local hospitals, likely compounded by the effects of inner-city poverty and violence. This grant will provide services to 120 additional children and families to ensure that treatment and care remain of the highest quality and as convenient as possible.

This initiative allows Kennedy Krieger to bring its expertise to help reverse psychological and biological effects of trauma and to improve developmental outcomes for the city’s most vulnerable children.

Contact: Lesley Roberts
Phone: 904.982.2050
Email: lesley.roberts@comcast.net


 

John A. Hartford Foundation (New York, NY)

The John A. Hartford Foundation announced five new grants totaling more than $5.2 million to implement and disseminate evidence-based approaches to better care for older adults:

  • The Education Development Center—to implement and evaluate the Elder Mistreatment Emergency Department Care Model in six diverse emergency departments in preparation for a future national scaling effort.
  • The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Johns Hopkins University—to increase the availability of the Hospital at Home care model by developing new tools and resources, working towards new payment strategies with stakeholders, and expanding to 10 to 15 new sites and to more patients at existing sites.
  • The Institute for Healthcare Improvement—will receive two grants through a six-foundation collaborative, one to continue to develop and disseminate the Better Care Playbook, and another to establish a learning community of 30 to 45 teams from Medicare Advantage plans that will implement models and practices from the Playbook.
  • The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)—to spread the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program to 8 to 10 new sites, further advancing this program that has improved health outcomes and health care costs for people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Contact: Clare Churchouse
Email: clare.churchouse@johnahartford.org


 

Healthcare Foundation of Wilson (Wilson, NC)

Healthcare Foundation of Wilson has approved $22 million in funding for a strategic initiative to create a new after-school program. The site of the programming will be in a central location, and the after-school experiences will be focused on making a positive impact in the lives of middle school students in Wilson, North Carolina. The grant includes the planning and building of a place and space for youth as well as transportation support to increase access to activities and quality programs, which will be designed to enrich participants physically, emotionally, and academically during out-of-school time.

The scope and goals of the proposed program align with Healthcare Foundation of Wilson’s four funding areas, which include the prevention of obesity, adolescent pregnancy, alcohol and substance abuse, and sexually transmitted diseases.

Contact: Anita Blomme Pinther
Phone: 919.673.9591
Email: anita.blomme@mindspring.com


 

MetroWest Health Foundation (Framingham, MA)

The MetroWest Health Foundation awarded $737,512 in funding to 14 area health and human services organizations. These grants follow the foundation’s emphasis on projects that address health equity or seek collaborative solutions to health needs across the region. Organizations receiving grants in the foundation’s fall 2018 grant cycle are:

  • A Place to Turn—to support the food pantry. ($15,000)
  • Advocates, Inc.—to seek innovative solutions for addressing the mental health needs of immigrants in Framingham, Massachusetts. ($140,000)
  • Advocates, Inc.—to improve access to psychiatric services. ($55,015)
  • Daniel's Table—to purchase equipment to increase food production. ($19,992)
  • Framingham Board of Health—to support training and technical assistance to adopt and implement a health equity framework. ($10,750)
  • Health Law Advocates, Inc.—to help low-income immigrants maintain access to health care. ($20,000)
  • HESSCO Elder Services—to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy program to help older adults achieve nutrition and health goals. ($20,000)
  • HESSCO Elder Services—to provide a monthly luncheon program for LGBT elders to decrease social isolation. ($10,292)
  • Hudson Council on Aging—to offer a respite care program for caregivers of individuals with dementia or Alzheimer's Disease. ($25,000)
  • Lovin’ Spoonful, Inc.—to address food insecurity as a basic health need. ($150,000)
  • Learning Center for the Deaf—to purchase an electronic medical record and clinical documentation system. ($25,000)
  • MetroWest YMCA—to renovate the MetroWest YMCA’s Old Connecticut Path facility. ($100,000)
  • Natick Service Council, Inc.—for a program to address food insecurity in Natick. ($20,000)
  • Natick Service Council, Inc.—to support the food pantry. ($15,000)
  • Needham Public Schools—to reduce incidences of aggression at middle and high schools and increase student engagement in conversations about racial equity. ($20,000)
  • South Middlesex Opportunity—to provide peer recovery coaching to address the opioid epidemic. ($46,472)
  • Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, Inc.—to support staff training on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. ($29,990)
  • Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, Inc.—to provide in-school counseling to help reduce the significant wait for services and provide expert consultation to school staff for children with mental health needs. ($20,000)

Contact: Martin Cohen
Phone: 508.879.7625, ext. 214
Email: mcohen@mwhealth.org


 

Montana Healthcare Foundation (Helena, MT)

Governor Steve Bullock, along with the Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF), announced more than $5 million in federal and private funding to improve timely access to care and outcomes for pregnant and postpartum women experiencing behavioral health challenges such as mental health disorders and substance abuse.

The Department of Public Health and Human Services was awarded a $3.2 million federal grant and the MHCF pledged up to $1.2 million in additional funding each year in 2019 and 2020 to launch the Perinatal Behavioral Health Initiative (PBHI), with support for this initiative expected through 2023. 

The funding will be awarded to providers who work closely with pregnant and postpartum women experiencing behavioral health issues. The application deadline for the first round of funding is January 31, 2019. Over the next five years, the PBHI aims to support at least one practice in each of the communities with hospitals that deliver babies. PBHI will help medical practices implement a coordinated team of obstetric providers, behavioral health providers, and care coordinators, as well as peer supports. Teams will be co-located at a single site when possible to support effective ‘warm handoffs’ between obstetric and behavioral health providers.

Participating practices will use screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment as core elements of their practice model. PBHI will establish integrated care teams that will screen, assess, provide effective outpatient interventions, coordinate services to address social factors, and establish referral networks for women who need more care.

Family practitioners, obstetricians, midwives, and rural hospitals who wish to apply, click here.

 

Phone: 406.451.7060
Email: info@mthcf.org


 

The New York State Health Foundation (New York, NY)

The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) selected four organizations for grant awards totaling more than $840,000 to amplify the voice of New Yorkers and rebalance the health care system so that patients have more influence over their health and health care. The grantees will work to ensure that New Yorkers have a meaningful role as partners both in their own health care and at the policy level. They will undertake a range of projects to advance initiatives that seek system improvements, practice innovations, or policy reforms designed to benefit and empower patients and consumers.

Email: info@nyshealth.org


 

Paso del Norte Health Foundation (El Paso, TX)

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently awarded four grants totaling more than $313,000 under the Healthy Kids Priority Area – IGNITE initiative. The goal of the IGNITE Initiative is to improve a range of health outcomes by engaging disconnected youth in the Paso del Norte region in high quality programs during out of school hours. Evidence indicates that youth who are involved in out of school programs are less likely to use drugs and alcohol, or be involved in criminal activity. Well-designed youth activities increase protective factors needed for youth to lead healthy and productive lives.

Newly funded organizations are: 

  • Creative Kids, Inc.—to maintain the volunteer model, Artists in Residence, for after school and summer visual arts education program in Fabens, Texas. ($65,065)
  • Organizacion Popular Independiente, A.C.—to provide out of school programming to 500 disconnected youth in 10 communities throughout southwest Ciudad Juárez, MX. ($133,007)
  • Patronato del Museo del Niño de Ciudad Juárez, A.C.—to recruit and train 130 disconnected youth from Ciudad Juárez to serve as museum guides at La Rodadora. ($76,853)
  • Rio Grande Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging—to investigate and develop a plan for delivering the Technology Across Generations project. ($38,279)

Contact: Ida Ortegon
Email: iortegon@pdnfoundation.org


 

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton (Canton, OH)

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton has announced $850,900 in health-related grants to the following organizations:

  • Access Health Stark County—to support the Community Health Worker project, in partnership with local foundations led by the North Canton Medical Foundation. ($300,000 over three years)
  • Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio—to support adaptive sports programs in Stark and Wayne counties, Ohio. ($15,000)
  • Health Policy Institute of Ohio—to continue supporting the independent and nonpartisan analysis needed to create evidence-informed state health policy. ($150,000 over three years)
  • Phoenix Rising Behavioral Health and Recovery—to support the purchase and installation of safety glass in the reception area. ($10,900)
  • Stark County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery—to support the Behavioral Health Workforce Development Initiative. ($300,000 over two years)
  • YMCA of Central Stark County—to support Healthy Eating and Active Living pilot program in Alliance. ($75,000 over two years)

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton offers four grant cycles each year. For information on the grant application process, click below.

Contact: Anne G. Savastano
Phone: 330.454.5800 x304
Email: asavastano@scfcanton.org


 

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awarded a Public Policy Impact grant to Institute for Child Success (ICS), an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and policy organization dedicated to the success of all young children. 

ICS pursues its mission by proposing smart public policies, grounded in research, advising governments, nonprofits, foundations, and other stakeholders on strategies to improve outcomes, sharing knowledge, convening stakeholders, embracing solutions, accelerating impact, and fostering the next generation of leaders.

The state of South Carolina is currently home to 17 Child Advocacy Centers, located throughout the state and serving all 46 counties. These Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) help abused children by providing a single-stop for forensic interviews and coordinating trauma-informed treatment response for those children. CACs mitigate the trauma facing children by eliminating the need for those children to relive their trauma through multiple interviews with police, doctors, DSS, or others, while also improving efficiencies for state agencies. 

Foundation funds will support ICS staff member's efforts to educate legislators and other policy staff on the importance of Child Advocacy Centers and to also garner budget support.

Contact: Langley Shealy
Phone: 803.254.0230, ext. 19
Email: lshealy@sistersofcharitysc.com


 

St. David’s Foundation (Austin, TX)

In December, St. David’s Foundation announced $18 million in grants. Its winter grants focused on key health-related areas: the area's aging population, health care educational opportunities, women's and reproductive health, and healthy activities. Below is a list of all of the grants:

  • AGE of Central Texas—for sustaining care for older adults and expansion of AGE Programs. ($4,280,000)
  • Alzheimer's Association Capital of Texas Chapter—for outreach in Central Texas to diverse and rural populations. ($135,000)
  • Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area—to support the Senior Prevention, Safety, and Wellness Project. ($99,885)
  • Austin Public Education Foundation—to support school-based mental health centers in Austin ISD. ($110,000)
  • Austin Speech Labs—to support effective speech-language therapy for senior stroke survivors and senior stroke prevention. ($75,000)
  • Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry & Support Center Inc.—to support The Brown Bag Program: providing groceries to low-income seniors. ($70,000)
  • Capital IDEA—to support Path to Healthcare Careers for Low-Income Central Texans. ($1,153,975)
  • The Caring Place—to support senior independence program offering basic needs assistance and case management services. ($155,000)
  • Central Texas Food Bank—to support the Senior Nutrition Assistance Program. ($145,051)
  • Community Health Centers of South Central Texas Inc.—for van donation and support for Mobile Health Care Program. ($13,000)
  • Creative Action Project—to support wellness, learning, and community through intergenerational arts programs. ($125,000)
  • Drive a Senior - SW—to expand its Van Program into Hays County, Texas. ($100,495)
  • Drive a Senior Network—to support Seniors in Motion Transportation Program. ($148,000)
  • Ghisallo Foundation—to support programmatic funding, expansion, and additional equipment needed for the Golden Rollers Senior Cycling Program. ($246,116)
  • Healthy Futures of Texas—for operating costs for Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition. ($100,000)
  • Huston-Tillotson University—for St. David's Foundation Scholars at Huston-Tillotson University. ($389,575)
  • Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute For Texas—for developing effective Mental Health Policy for Central Texas. ($400,000)
  • Meals on Wheels Central Texas—to support holistic services for Meals on Wheels clients, Meal Program, and equipment funding for senior centers. ($1,919,380)
  • Meals on Wheels Central Texas (H.A.N.D.)—to support in-home care for homebound seniors and launch of fee-for-service model. ($773,404)
  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas—to support Juntos44 Program aimed at addressing health disparities in Dove Springs and the East 7th Street Health Center Renovation Project. ($835,193)
  • Round Rock Area Serving Center Inc—to support senior assistance services and salary for Case Manager. ($320,000)
  • Senior Access—to support basic operations, awareness campaign, and expansion of senior transportation program. ($203,000)
  • Smithville Community Clinic—for a van donation for the clinic's new dental program. ($13,000)
  • Texas Department of Agriculture—for the St David's Loan Repayment Program. ($865,218)
  • Texas Ramp Project - Austin Region—to provide wheelchair ramps for low income seniors in Central Texas. ($200,000)
  • The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work—to provide gerontology resources and support the Aging Community in Education (GRACE) Fellowship Program. ($212,000)
  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler—to support the PATH Program: documenting the experiences of underserved women navigating the health care system in late pregnancy to six months postpartum. ($199,930)
  • Williamson-Burnet County Opportunities, Inc.—to address aging issues: food instability, malnutrition, and loneliness. ($220,000)
  • Women's Health and Family Planning Association of Texas—to support using innovative strategies to reduce teen and unintended pregnancy in Central Texas. ($900,000)
  • Young Invincibles—to address health insurance and contraceptive access to increase college completion in Central Texas. ($250,000)

Contact: Kristy Ozmun
Phone: 512.344.2010
Email: kozmun@hahnpublic.com


 

Williamsburg Health Foundation (Williamsburg, VA)

The Williamsburg Health Foundation approved $1,027,000 in grants to the following organizations:

  • The Arc of Greater Williamsburg—to support its fitness program. ($25,000)
  • Center for Child and Family Services—to support the Child and Family Connection's Violence Prevention and Intervention Program (VPIP). ($35,000)
  • Colonial Behavioral Health—to advance opioid-addiction treatment. ($40,000)
  • Community Housing Partners—to support building healthy communities.($45,000)
  • The Doorways—for basic operating support. ($12,000)
  • Elk Hill Farm, Inc.—to support Elk Hill’s school-based mental health program. ($20,000)
  • Grove Christian Outreach Center—to support the Children's Summer Lunch program. ($5,000)
  • New Horizons Family Counseling Center—to support the Youth and Family Counseling Program. ($100,000)
  • Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center—for basic operating support. ($450,000)
  • Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center—to support improving diabetic self-management through health coaching. ($30,000)
  • One Child Center for Autism—to support Kids' Night. ($15,000)
  • Peninsula Agency on Aging—to support the PAA RIDES program. ($110,000)
  • Peninsula Agency on Aging—to support nutritious noontime meals. ($50,000)
  • Postpartum Support Virginia, Inc.—to support Healthy Mother, Healthy Family. ($8,000)
  • Virginia Peninsula Foodbank—to support the Mobile Food Pantry: Fresh Produce Program. ($20,000)
  • Williamsburg Area Faith in Action—to provide support for Development Director. ($42,000)
  • Williamsburg Soccer Foundation—to support Virginia Legacy Soccer Club Community Partnership Program. ($20,000)

Contact: Allison J. Brody
Phone: 757.345.0912
Email: abrody@williamsburghealthfoundation.org