BHHS Legacy Foundation (Phoenix, AZ)
BHHS Legacy Foundation broadened its commitment to healthy communities with a special emphasis on its communities’ most valuable assets: the healthy development of youth, plus strong and vital sustainable Arizona nonprofits. A $150,000 foundation capital grant to New Pathways for Youth was funded to support the relocation and development of its new headquarters to enable the doubling of its capacity to serve more local youth. By expanding to include additional high-risk neighborhoods, NPFY plans to serve an additional 600 local youth by 2022, increasing the number of teens served from 400 to 1,000. NPFY will change lives and interrupt cycles of poverty, maximizing the long-term impact in the community by targeting areas where high youth adversity is prevalent.
BHHS Legacy Foundation continued its support and commitment to address the opioid epidemic by funding Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL). This year, $100,000 of grant funding will support the PAL organization’s infrastructure needed to meet the demand for its curriculum for families with loved ones that struggle with addiction. Using an evidence-based model of parents helping parents, the PAL community-based program provides appropriate addiction education and tools for developing healthy and effective family communication. Through continued funding from BHHS Legacy Foundation, the number of PAL’s meetings has grown by nearly 60 percent, bringing the total to 122 family meeting sites run by 222 trained facilitators, operating in 30 states (over 30 family meeting sites in Arizona).
Foundation community grant funding totaled $5,098,372 in 2019. The foundation supported programs improve access to health care; improve community health through prevention and education; expand Arizona’s health care workforce; and strengthen and support health-related community efforts.
To see a comprehensive list of grants, click here.
Mary Black Foundation (Spartanburg, SC)
For the last several months, the Mary Black Foundation has been developing its next strategic plan. Over the next three years, it will lead boldly to invest, partner, and achieve impact for a healthier Spartanburg County in South Carolina. Three strategic drivers will be:
- Advancing Health Equity—In July 2018, the foundation made a public commitment to health equity, defined as “when all people have access to opportunities to thrive, both physically and mentally, and no one is limited in achieving health and wellness because of their race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, ability, sexual orientation, age, income, or zip code.” Its next step is to operationalize its approach to health equity. During the first year of the strategic plan, it will conduct research locally and nationally to develop a better understanding of the drivers of health inequities and formulate a plan that guides its practices and engages others in the work to achieve health equity.
- Expanding Impact—The foundation approved its first Impact Investment in January 2009 and has since approved a total of four. These local Impact Investments provided funds for a community center, over 80 units of affordable housing, and renovations of five city parks, while still generating a modest financial return for the foundation. Over the next three years, it will increase its participation in Impact Investing by carving out an allocation of investment dollars that will be earmarked for local impact beyond the required 5 percent charitable distribution.
- Strategic Grantmaking for Impact—Throughout the next three years, it will sharpen its grantmaking by prioritizing efforts that address systems-level work, use data to drive decision making and to monitor impact, and target geographic areas where communities are disproportionally impacted by inequities. By spring 2020, it will release an updated grantmaking framework, including funding announcements and online grant applications, to reflect its more strategic approach to achieve impact.
For more detailed information about the 2020-2022 strategic plan, click here.
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation (Detroit, MI)
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation recently awarded two research grants to Michigan researchers. Among the grantees are:
- Oakland University, Judith Fouladbakhsh, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, PHCNS-BC, CHTP—to assess the effect of two complementary therapies, Yoga and Qigong\Taiji for self-management of pain among estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer survivors. ($70,000)
- University of Michigan, Alexander Brescia, MD, MSc—to assess the impact of a comfort coach on patient experience, opioid use, and health care utilization in adults undergoing cardiac surgery. ($70,000)
Contact: Jacqueline Paul
Blue Shield of California (San Francisco, CA)
Blue Shield of California Foundation approved a set of grants that directly addresses deeply rooted social issues that shape health, and lifts up innovative, collaborative solutions that have the power to transform the future health of Californians.
- The implementation of strategies to remove barriers to economic mobility, a critical determinant of health, so that all Californians can participate in and contribute to the health and wealth of the state; fulfill their and their family’s potential; and achieve the American dream. (Four grants totaling $1 million)
- Support for community resilience as the cornerstone of a Pipeline for Prevention, which is the foundation’s multiyear initiative to build lasting, evidence-based prevention systems throughout the state. This initial set of grants is focused on protecting our state’s vibrancy, health, and future by building the field, particularly in immigrant communities where Californians are experiencing high levels of stress and alienation from public services as a result of the anti-immigrant political and policy environment. (17 grants totaling $3.2 million)
- The creation of supports and coordination to expand and strengthen prevention policy among public health departments throughout California, build capacity to identify and share best practices, and communicate the deep value of preventing poor health across counties and regions. (Four grants totaling $1.2 million)
- Establishing an evidence base for multigenerational approaches to heal families experiencing domestic violence and protect children from experiencing that violence as adults. Through pilots and new data strategies, these grantees are exploring the ways that different systems and communities can help families thrive across two generations. Because domestic violence has many drivers and can appear differently across communities, the grantees represent highly diverse service settings—from preschool to residential—and support communities that have historically been underserved by social programs including teen parents; homeless families; women, girls and gender-nonconforming individuals; and families of color, among many others. (12 grants totaling $3.5 million)
For detailed grant information, click here.
Contact: Marite Espinoza
Foundation for a Healthy High Point (High Point, NC)
The Foundation for a Healthy High Point approved $420,400 in grants to local nonprofits. Approximately 50 percent of the awarded funds were for Healthy Beginnings, the foundation’s strategic initiative focused on teen pregnancy prevention and early childhood development.
The foundation approved the following Traditional Cycle Grants:
- Children’s Home Society of North Carolina—to continue support of the Partnering for Healthy Parenting program. ($65,000)
- Community Clinic of High Point—to support programs. ($124,000)
- Family Service of the Piedmont—to continue support of the Hospital Diversion and Transitional Services Program. ($84,500)
- Guilford Child Development—to continue support of the Nurse Family Partnership program. ($58,400)
- SHIFT NC—to continue support of the Healthy Beginnings Initiative. ($88,500)
In 2019, the foundation approved new grants in the amount of $914,200 and distributed $1,646,107. Since inception, the foundation has approved $9,873,315 to serve the Greater High Point, North Carolina community.
Contact: Tina Markanda
John A Hartford Foundation (New York, NY)
The John A. Hartford Foundation approved funding for six grants totaling $8,270,726 to continue momentum to build Age-Friendly Health Systems and to better support family caregivers of older adults.
- Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging: Dissemination of Best Practice Caregiving, Guiding Organizations to Dementia Programs for Family Caregivers—to support the widespread dissemination of a comprehensive online decisional aide for health care and community-based organizations to adopt evidence-based interventions that improve the lives of family caregivers of people living with dementia. ($300,000 for two years)
- Center for Health Care Strategies: Development of the Better Care Playbook, Phase V—through a six-foundation collaborative committed to improving care for people with complex health and social needs, the Center for Health Care Strategies will receive support to continue the development and dissemination of the Better Care Playbook, an online set of resources that support the adoption of evidence-based models and practices. ($204,547 for two years)
- Diverse Elders Coalition: Addressing Unmet Family Caregiving Needs in Diverse Older Communities, Implementation Phase—to launch a training curriculum to educate health care and social service providers who want to better meet the needs of diverse family caregivers. It will also provide resources and support directly to caregivers through a series of listening sessions and educate national and local policy makers about programs and policies that would improve the well-being of diverse caregivers and enhance their ability to provide care. ($1,199,763 for two years)
- The Hebrew Home at Riverdale: Evaluation of the Weinberg Center for Elder Justice’s Shelter Model—to complete an evaluation of the elder mistreatment shelter model in order to position it for national dissemination. ($175,000 for nine months)
- Institute for Healthcare Improvement: Age-Friendly Health Systems Initiative, Phase II—the initiative, in partnership with the American Hospital Association and the Catholic Health Association, will expand its reach into United States’ hospitals and outpatient care locations, integrate post-acute care settings and engage diverse stakeholders. ($6,026,760 for 42 months)
- Johns Hopkins University: Engaging Family Caregivers through Shared Access to the Electronic Health Record, Planning for Transformational Change—to address ways to increase family caregivers’ shared access to electronic health records of older adults in their care by developing strategic partnerships with expert leaders and organizations; creating educational materials and toolkits for patients, clinicians and administrative staff; and developing a proposal and evaluation plan for a health system-level demonstration project to be conducted in a next phase. ($364,656 for 18 months)
Contact: Clare Churchouse
Health Foundation for Western and Central New York (Buffalo, NY)
The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York will award grants of $100,000 each to three New York counties to support the development of Age-Friendly Centers of Excellence. Erie, Tompkins, and Oneida counties are recipients of the Health Foundation awards, and each county will partner with local community organizations to fulfill the program’s goals.
The Health Foundation grants are part of a partnership with the New York State Office for the Aging’s Age-Friendly Planning Grant Program. The program is designed to help communities and local governments incorporate healthy, age-friendly community principles into all relevant policies, plans, ordinances, and programs. The Health Foundation is providing additional support for the state’s program by underwriting a learning collaborative and technical assistance program, led by the New York Academy of Medicine.
These grant programs support two initiatives launched by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2017 and 2018—Health Across All Policies and Age-Friendly NYS. The governor’s approach employs systems-level changes in pursuit of creating healthier, more integrated communities that allow New Yorkers of all ages to access services, participate in civic activities and travel safely and efficiently in their community.
These age-friendly programs recognize that community health improvement strategies must address the social determinants of health in order to build healthier communities. Social determinants of health are factors and conditions that have an impact on the health and well-being of residents, including housing, transportation, education, and environment.
About the Grantees:
- Erie County will partner with the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access at the University at Buffalo (the IDEA Center) to integrate inclusive design and livable communities strategies across all Erie County departments.
- The Oneida County Office for the Aging and Continuing Care, the Parkway Center and the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties will collaborate to develop an Age-Friendly Center of Excellence by capitalizing on ongoing livability efforts in the county.
- The Tompkins County Office for Aging will collaborate with several local organizations to continue implementing age-friendly initiatives in their community.
Contact: Kerry Jones Waring
Phone: 716.852.3030 ex. 107
Kresge Foundation (Troy, MI)
The Kresge Foundation has awarded $1.5 million in grants to five organizations to enhance their efforts to integrate their health and human services systems and to create more seamless, person-centered experiences for individuals and families seeking support in cities across the country. This includes implementing, aligning, and improving data sharing systems; reallocating and blending health and human services funding streams; ensuring person-centered approaches; establishing shared values and goals; and creating strong and effective feedback loops for continuous quality improvement among partners.
With this funding, organizations will advance existing integration efforts that strengthen connections across health and human services systems to improve the health and well-being and social and economic mobility of children and families.
- Alameda County Public Health Department, California
- Arlington County Health and Human Services Department, Virginia
- Hennepin County, Minnesota
- Montgomery County Health and Human Services Department, Maryland
- Solano County Health and Social Services Department, California
The organizations will be supported by the Center for Health and Research Transformation, which serves as the foundation’s learning partner and technical assistance provider for the initiative.
For more information, click here.
Contact: Kate McLaughlin
New York Community Trust (New York, NY)
The New York Community Trust committed more than $6 million to fund 47 projects that bring hip hop to young people with disabilities, protect homeowners in flood zones, and prevent opioid overdoses. These latest grants provide critical support to dozens of organizations that are working to improve life in New York, as well as in the economically struggling Appalachia region.
- Bridging Education and Art Together—to help teaching artists provide beat-boxing classes to hundreds of young New Yorkers with disabilities. ($60,000)
- Center for New York City Neighborhoods and Neighborhood Housing Services of Brooklyn CDC— to help provide counseling and access to funding for home repairs that mitigate against future flood damage. The two agencies will work together to issue policy reports and brief legislators on flood insurance affordability measures and develop policy recommendations to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities. ($275,000)
- Coalition for Asian American Children and Families—to help Asian-American communities participate more actively in public school education conversations in New York City. ($80,000)
- Just Transition Fund—to support economic and workforce development programs, help at least five communities coping with coal-fired power plant closures plan for the future, and expand access to broadband. ($60,000)
- Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition—to generate economic development in the region by restoring mine lands and facilities. ($148,000)
- Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction—for overdose prevention training, to collect discarded syringes, and to get more drug users rehabilitative care in the South Bronx, New York. ($225,000)
- Washington Heights Corner Project—to assist more opioid users get help in their office and through their mobile services. ($225,000)
Other health-related grants include:
- BronxCare Health System, Mount Sinai Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens, New York University School of Medicine, Northwell Health, NYC Health+Hospitals, and St. John’s Episcopal Hospital—to help embed screening and referrals in their ongoing work. ($14,000 each)
- The New School, Center for New York City Affairs—to lead a two-year campaign to ensure that timely access to quality mental health care is available to children in the city and across the state. ($200,000)
- New York Academy of Medicine—to help residents and service providers track and develop recommendations to improve the health and well-being of children in East Harlem, New York. ($200,000)
- United Hospital Fund of New York—to coordinate the learning collaborative and oversee the evaluation. ($38,000)
- Urban Health Plan—for a federally qualified health center in the Bronx, New York to provide coordinated, comprehensive care for the elderly. ($200,000)
Contact: Amy Wolf
St. David’s Foundation (Austin, TX)
St. David’s Foundation announced grants to more than 50 local nonprofits. These grants are aimed at financially challenged students who want to pursue a healthcare career, loan repayment for medical professionals working in low-income settings, and support for adult students who want to return to school but need help with transportation, childcare, and other issues.
- A Gift of Time Adult Day Care—for construction of Georgetown’s first Adult Day Health Center serving seniors with dementia and their caregivers. ($635,150)
- Alzheimer’s Association Capital of Texas Chapter—for the It’s Time to Talk About Alzheimer’s Project, focused on highly vulnerable seniors and their caregivers throughout Central Texas. ($175,000)
- Alzheimer’s Texas—for education and support for family caregivers focused on Alzheimer’s and dementia. ($75,290)
- Austin Community Foundation—to support women’s health grant and Women’s Fund operations. ($60,000)
- Austin Palliative Care—to expand community-based palliative care services. ($400,915)
- Austin Public Education Foundation—to advance culturally-responsive tiered systems of support through continued SEL implementation in Austin ISD. ($1,999,955)
- Austin Speech Labs—for outreach and speech therapy for low-income senior stroke survivors. ($75,000)
- Austin Travis County Integral Care—to expand mental health first aid training in Travis, Williamson, and Bastrop counties in Texas. ($523,413)
- Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry & Support Center—to support the Brown Bag Program, which provides low-income Bastrop County seniors with nutritious food. ($70,000)
- Boys & Girls Club Of East Williamson County—to support elevating youth programs in East Williamson County, Texas’s rural communities. ($150,000)
- CAPABLE Model RFP—to support Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders programs in Central Texas. ($733,678)
- Capital IDEA—for a path to health care careers for low-income Central Texans. ($2,685,305)
- The Caring Place—to support a senior independence program which empowers older adults to age in place. ($200,000)
- Central Texas Food Bank—to support the senior nutrition assistance programming. ($145,051)
- Community e-Consult Network Inc.—for specialty care eConsult expansion in South Central Texas. ($182,272)
- Creative Action Project—for intergenerational arts programs, weekly enrichment classes for adults aged 65 and up in East Austin, Texas, and the purchase of an accessible, 25-passenger mini-bus to address program transportation needs. ($150,000)
- Drive a Senior Elgin Caregivers—for mobility programs for seniors living in Elgin, Texas. ($28,590)
- Drive a Senior Central Texas—to expand programming, staffing, and support for senior mobility programs and nonrecurring funding to cover additional program costs and consultants during transition year. ($149,658)
- Drive a Senior North Central—to support the Seniors in Motion transportation program. ($25,000)
- Drive a Senior West Austin—for free transportation services for vulnerable and isolated seniors in West Austin, Texas. ($36,000)
- Family Eldercare—to fund an RV to provide services to older adults at Community First Village. ($1,958,703)
- Ghisallo Foundation—to expand the Golden Rollers program to older adults in Austin and Pflugerville, Texas, including purchase of modified trikes and equipment. ($213,432)
- Goodwill Industries of Central Texas—to expand the Goodwill Career and Technical Academy’s Healthcare Education Pavilion. ($500,000)
- Healthy Futures of Texas—to support the Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition. ($100,000)
- Hospice Austin—for charity and unreimbursed hospice care services, Giving Instructions for Tomorrow (GIFT) Program. ($941,254)
- Huston-Tillotson University—for the St. David’s Foundation Scholars Program at Huston-Tillotson University. ($389,575)
- Intergenerational Grants—to support connecting generations and strengthening communities. ($999,688)
- Lone Star Circle of Care—for additional construction costs for Project Headwaters. ($247,400)
- Meals on Wheels Central Texas In-Home Care—for in-home care services for older adults. ($645,000)
- Mothers’ Milk Bank of Austin—to support additional staff along with scholarships for four women of color seeking lactation and doula credentials. ($290,000)
- Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas—for women’s health program services and Juntos44/Together44 adolescent health education initiative in the Dove Springs neighborhood. ($763,648)
- The SAFE Alliance (SAFE | stop abuse for everyone)—for assessment and planning to launch a SAFE building, financing, and capital campaign. ($200,000)
- Samaritan Health Ministries—for renovation costs of a new clinic site. ($170,000)
- Senior Access—to support the Senior Connections van programs in Round Rock, Hutto, Pflugerville, East Austin, Manor and Georgetown, Texas. ($190,000)
- Texans Care for Children Inc.—for stakeholder engagement for TX Postpartum Strategic Plan. ($55,000)
- Texas Department of Agriculture—for the St. David’s Foundation Loan Repayment Program for medical professionals serving low-income populations. ($869,582)
- Texas Pediatric Society—to support the Central Texas Pediatric Trauma Learning Collaborative. ($541,350)
- Texas Tech Foundation Inc.—for the St. David’s Foundation health care scholarship. ($200,000)
- The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing—to support the UT School of Nursing Children’s Wellness Center. ($308,000)
- Texas Tribune Inc.—for a reporter position covering women’s health issues. ($100,000)
- United Way for Greater Austin—for the Central Texas 2020 “Get out the Count” initiative. ($250,000)
- The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs—for a navigation tool for postpartum contraception. ($199,575)
- The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work—for the Gerontology Resources and the Aging Community in Education (GRACE) Program. ($221,500)
- The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler—to assess opportunities for community-based Doula programs to meet the needs of underserved women in Central Texas. ($240,394)
- Williamson-Burnet County Opportunities Inc.—for program costs for programming focused on nutrition for older adults. ($235,000)
- Women’s Health and Family Planning Association of Texas—to support The No Wrong Door Project. ($550,000)
- Young Invincibles—to address health insurance and contraceptive access to increase college completion in Central Texas. ($250,000)
Contact: Shelly Gupta
Tufts Health Plan Foundation (Watertown, NY)
Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced nine new community investments totaling $972,000. These investments are in addition to $3.9 million in grants announced earlier this year. The new grants support engagement of older people as advocates on critical policy work to include addressing gaps in food and health care access, transportation, and community safety. The nine new grants are:
- Age-Friendly Rhode Island (AFRI)—to strengthen AFRI’s organizational capacity and to engage, encourage, and expand cross-sector collaboration and information sharing. ($360,000 over three years).
- Granite United Way—to support local grassroots activities to reach those most susceptible to an undercount in the 2020 Census, including low-income communities, rural areas with limited broadband access, college students, immigrants and refugees, young children, and older people. ($10,000 over six months)
- Healthy Waltham, Inc.—to extend and strengthen the work of Waltham Connections on inclusion, nutrition, and transportation. ($20,000 over six months)
- LivableStreets Transportation Alliance of Boston, Inc.—to meaningfully engage and provide advocacy opportunities for older people to directly address the multitude of safety and transit concerns along the Blue Hill Ave/Warren Street corridors. ($60,000 over two years)
- Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative—to advance and increase the number of age- and dementia-friendly communities. ($175,000 over two years)
- Massachusetts Law Reform Institute—to implement the SNAP gap pilot, including leveraging the state’s expansion of the Medicare Savings Program to increase awareness of and enrollment in SNAP. ($60,000)
- Massachusetts Senior Action Council—to engage diverse older people with low incomes in community and policy processes that will result in active civic leaders. ($240,000 over three years)
- Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance—to advance local and state zoning and housing law reforms to create more walkable and welcoming communities where families can age in place. ($37,000)
- New Hampshire Women’s Foundation—to engage a statewide complete count consultant to work alongside the N.H. Complete Count Committee (CCC), local CCCs, grassroots groups, and other community leaders to increase awareness of and participation in the 2020 Census. ($10,000 over six months)
Contact: Alrie McNiff Daniels