United Hospital Fund (New York, NY)
United Hospital Fund (UHF) released two free guides to help patients and their family caregivers understand new hospital discharge rules laid out by New York State’s Caregiver Advise, Record, and Enable (CARE) Act, which went into effect in April 2016.
The guides help patients and their caregivers understand what they can expect to be asked by hospital staff and what instructions they are entitled to receive under the CARE Act as they deal with the transition from hospital to home.
UHF has also created a toolkit that helps hospital staff meet CARE Act requirements for engaging family caregivers and patients as they move from the hospital to home. The two free patient and caregiver guides, which were funded by The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc., are available online.
The two versions of New York State’s CARE Act: A Guide for Patients and Caregivers are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian, and can be downloaded from www.nextstepincare.org. They will also be distributed to hospital staff to pass on to patients and caregivers as a supplement to staff explanations.
Contact: Catherine Arnst
Northwest Health Foundation (Portland, OR)
The Kaiser Permanente Community Fund (KPCF) at Northwest Heath Foundation has awarded $1.9 million in grant funds to 10 organizations that improve health in Oregon and southwest Washington. Awarded annually since 2005, these grants address health where it begins, in schools, neighborhoods and workplaces. The following organizations received grants this year:
Evolve Workforce Training Program ($200,000)
Solidarity Lending: By Community, For Community ($200,000)
Pacific Northwest Interpreter Hub ($200,000)
REAL: Reject Economic Ableist Limits ($120,000)
North Clackamas Education Implementation Partnership ($200,000)
Community Health Workers as Social Justice and Policy Advocates for Education andEquity ($200,000)
YouthPass to The Future: Transportation Options for Student Success ($200,000)
Safe, Stable and Healthy Housing Organizing and Advocacy Project ($162,600)
The Parent Wellbeing Project ($144,000)
Marion County: Reproductive Justice and Youth Voices for Equity ($80,000)
Contact: Jesse Beason
The PATH Foundation (Warrenton, VA)
In an effort to meet the growing need for mental and behavioral health services, the PATH Foundation is funding tele-psychiatry and remote mental health services at the Fauquier Free Clinic. Created to fill gaps in local resources, a grant of $370,000 was awarded for the program’s start-up costs and first year of operation.
The process began with a six-month planning grant from the PATH Foundation to the Fauquier Free Clinic and the Mental Health Association of Fauquier County. They worked with a 22-member planning team, including representatives from Fauquier Health, the Community Services Board, 13 primary care physicians, and others, to develop a plan to increase access to behavioral health care through integrated and coordinated services using telehealth technology.
The numbers show that the program is reaching the patients in need. In December, of the 70 patients treated, half used the telehealth services. January’s numbers rose to a total of 107 patients receiving mental health services, with 54 patients using telehealth. The Fauquier Free Clinic offers care to uninsured and low income residents of Fauquier and Rappahannock, though telehealth services are currently only available at the clinic’s Warrenton office.
Contact: Amy Petty
The New York Community Trust (New York, NY)
The New York Community Trust approved $7.6 million in grants to help 49 nonprofits bolster the arts, educate English Language Learners, and improve elder care. Funded projects will also help those at risk of deportation; get more electric vehicles on New York’s roads; and improve care for children with serious mental illnesses. The Trust is investing more than $800,000 to respond to federal policy changes and advocate against harmful changes to programs. Two key organizations—the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities and New York Housing Conference—will advocate for maintaining safety net programs, including Medicaid, SNAP, and affordable housing programs. Another grant will help Planned Parenthood’s advocacy campaign to protect access to reproductive health services in New York State. The Trust is also supporting New York’s leading public radio station, WNYC.
Additional health related grants include:
RESPONDING TO FEDERAL POLICY CHANGES Planned Parenthood of New York City will use $185,000 to ensure access to reproductive health services for New Yorkers.
Legal Action Center will use $150,000 to advocate for expanded substance use disorder treatment in New York State and monitor the latest reforms to Medicaid. Weill Cornell Medicine will receive $125,000 for clinical trials in the city’s first center for women with hard to treat triple-negative breast cancer.
Columbia University’s School of Social Work is using $80,000 to train clinicians to work with parents and pregnant mothers with mental illness.
MFY Legal Services will use $75,000 to expand a medical-legal partnership that helps children discharged from psychiatric hospitalization get outpatient care and other services to prevent them from cycling in and out of the hospital. New York Hall of Science is receiving $50,000 to expand a program for children with autism, which provides special access to exhibits with trained staff and family workshops.
HELPING CANCER PATIENTS GET TREATMENT
Cancer Care will use $700,000 to help cancer patients who are low-income people of color, immigrants ineligible for health insurance, and working patients enrolled in high-deductible insurance plans get financial aid. God’s Love We Deliver will put $100,000 to work providing cancer patients with meals, nutrition education, and counseling. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center will use $100,000 to help immigrant children and adults with cancer get treatment. New York Legal Assistance Group will use $100,000 to help people with cancer get treatment.
BEYOND MEDICAL CARE FOR CHILDREN
Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center will use $20,000 to strengthen the Department of Family Medicine’s partnership with two social service agencies. Mount Sinai Hospital will use $20,000 to strengthen the Pediatrics Associates at Mount Sinai’s partnership with three social service agencies. NYC Health + Hospitals will receive $20,000 to strengthen the Gouverneur Hospital’s partnership with four social service agencies. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital will use $20,000 to strengthen the Charles B. Rangel Community Health Center’s relationship with the Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership. NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens will use $20,000 to strengthen the Theresa Lang Children’s Ambulatory Center’s and the Jackson Heights Family Health Center’s work with Public Health Solutions. Northwell Health will use $20,000 to strengthen Cohen’s Children’s Medical Practice work with the Child Center of New York. United Hospital Fund of New York will use $20,000 to bring the partnerships listed above together to learn from experts and each other.
Contact: Amy Wolf
Medica Foundation (Minneapolis, MN)
In 2016 Medica Foundation awarded 98 grants totaling $1,222,000 to support community-based programs and initiatives that improve health and remove barriers to needed health care services.
Behavioral Health Grants
The Medica Foundation awarded nine grants totaling $360,000 to support programs that provide a continuum of behavioral health care service interventions. The grantees include: C.A.R.E. Clinic to address unmet needs of vulnerable people with chemical and mental health support and education that fits their cultural and linguistic needs; Catholic Charities of St. Paul & Minneapolis to improve health outcomes of homeless adults being released from hospitals; Domestic Abuse Project to provide intensive case management services to abuse victim-survivors in the women’s therapy program; Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation to provide on-campus chemical health education and prevention services at Northeast Metro Intermediate School District 916; Holy Rosary Church to provide bilingual mental health services for individuals, couples, and families impacted by trauma; Life House, Inc. to provide mobile mental health and case management for homeless and street youth; North Metro Pediatrics, LLC to offer trauma-focused counseling to uninsured or underinsured children in partnership with Lutheran Social Services; The Mental Health Collective to support new immigrant and refugee students; and White Earth Land Recovery Project to help high-risk members in the tribal community prevent and overcome trauma and addiction.
Early Childhood Health Grants
The Medica Foundation awarded fifteen grants totaling $297,000 to support programs that foster optimal growth and development of young children. Grantees include: Centro Tyrone Guzmanto hire a family health specialist to coordinate year-round parent education; Children’s Dental Health Services to increase access to restorative dental care for underserved children in southeast Minnesota; Community Violence Intervention Center to improve the physical/mental health of traumatized children; Exchange Club Center for Family Unity to extend a parent mentor program to offer in-home support for at-risk families in Freeborn County; Headway Emotional Health Services to promote healthy social, emotional, and physical development of young children; Hmong American Partnership to help families enroll in health insurance and access early childhood screening services through their Family Connection Program; Isanti County Public Health Services to provide needed dental care for low-income children and families through a partnership with Children’s Dental Services; Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota to develop a tool to evaluate an in-home parenting program and supportive services for homeless or highly mobile children; Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative to prepare at-risk children for successful transitions from early childhood to elementary school and from elementary to middle school; Neighborhood Health Source to implement a patient registry for pediatric patients, coordinate care to improve asthma control, medication and compliance, and screen patients who report symptoms; Northland Foundationto support infant and early childhood mental health through training and community learning sessions; Ready, Set, Smile to expand early childhood preventive services, fluoride varnish application, and oral health education to Family Partnership’s south Minneapolis site; University of Minnesota Foundation to provide support and prenatal education in rural county jails for incarcerated women who are pregnant and parenting; YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities to improve mental, social, and emotional health outcomes and improve parent and caregiver understanding of childhood health benchmarks for children ages birth through age five through Early Childhood Learning Centers in Saint Paul; YWCA of Mankato to provide home visits from the Ready to Learn early childhood education program.
Healthy Aging Strategic Grants
The Medica Foundation awarded two grants totaling $140,000 to assist aging adults across the state of Minnesota through caregiver support. Grantees included Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging to expand Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH) program throughout the state of Minnesota and Volunteers of America Minnesota to provide culturally appropriate support, information, and resources for the community’s aging population and those that care for them through individualized African American Caregiver Support services and community outreach.
Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation awarded grants exceeding $5 million in southeastern Pennsylvania in 2016. The grants targeted four primary areas: increasing access to quality, affordable care in medically underserved areas; bolstering the health care workforce; building healthier communities; and addressing health priorities.
Increasing Access to Care
In 2016, the foundation awarded over $2.8 million to more than 40 health centers that serve nearly 200,000 individuals. This includes $450,000 in targeted funding to build health center capacity, including support for several projects addressing dental and behavioral health care integration in primary care settings.
Bolstering the Health Care Workforce
In 2016, the foundation awarded over $1.7 million in nursing grants, including scholarships to 21 area nursing schools to support undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral nursing students. Its Bolstering the Health Care Workforce program focuses on advancing the nursing workforce through education, career development, and research.
Building Healthier Communities
In 2016, the foundation provided more than $420,000 in funding to 38 community organizations that positively impact the health and well-being of our community through education, fitness, awareness, technology, and research.
Addressing Health Priorities
In 2016, the foundation invested more than $200,000 to address health priorities in our region. This included funding for the following programs:
- Support for Healthy Hearts, which aims to increase the survival rate of sudden cardiac arrest and address disparities in cardiovascular health in underserved populations across southeastern Pennsylvania.
- Sustainable partner grants to conclude its three-year Healthy Futures Initiative, a comprehensive, collaborative approach to childhood health and wellness in 25 elementary schools throughout southeastern Pennsylvania.
Contact: Ruth Stoolman
Grant Healthcare Foundation (Lake Forest, IL)
Grant Healthcare Foundation (GHF) is proud to provide grant funding to 39 nonprofit health organizations that serve individuals and families in the Chicago, Illinois area who lack adequate or affordable health care services.
The purpose of Grant Healthcare Foundation is to provide and support health care services to the people of Chicago through the funding of grants to health care related nonprofit organizations which have been designated as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. It supports direct medical services provided by community organizations, including programmatic and operational support, preventive medical programs, and mental health and substance use disorder services—all with the intent to remove barriers and provide open access for individuals and families seeking high quality and affordable health care services.
For organizations interested in submitting a Letter of Inquiry to Grant Healthcare Foundation for the 2017 grant cycle, the form will be available on GHF’s grant management system beginning April 1, 2017 at www.granthealthcare.org. Letters of Inquiry are due on Friday, May 12, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. Central.
Grant Healthcare Foundation’s largest 2016 grantees include:
- Planned Parenthood of Illinois ($50,000)
- Lincoln Park Zoological Society ($40,000)
- The University of Chicago Urban Healthcare Innovation ($30,000)
- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago ($25,000)
- Lawndale Christian Health Center ($25,000)
- Primo Center for Women and Children Trauma ($25,000)
- Thresholds ($25,000)
- UCAN (Uhlich Children’s Advantage Network) ($25,000)
- Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project ($25,000)
- Family Focus Trauma ($20,000)
Contact: Kate Grubbs O’Connor
HealthSpark Foundation (Colmar, PA)
HealthSpark Foundation recently awarded two grants totaling $165,000 to improve the health and well-being of Montgomery County residents.
A grant of $75,000 over one year was made to the Health Care Improvement Foundation(HCIF) to support the development and implementation of strategies to improve behavioral health care access and delivery in Montgomery County. Since 2015, HCIF has facilitated nine meetings of the Montgomery County Hospital Partnership to collectively address pressing community health needs emerging from local hospitals’ community health needs assessments.
The partnership will collect and analyze data on the incidence and nature of visits to Montgomery County emergency departments by patients with behavioral health needs, and develop and disseminate a map of behavioral health resources in the county. This project will help partnership members better understand the behavioral health needs in Montgomery County and inform the design of specific strategies to promote early treatment interventions, as well as more timely and appropriate referrals for behavioral health care.
The foundation awarded a grant of $90,000 over 19 months to ACLAMO (Accion Comunal Latino Americana de Montgomery County) Family Centers to pilot a new Community Health Worker program to improve health outcomes for disadvantaged communities. ACLAMO will partner with local hospitals, the Norristown Regional Federally Qualified Health Center, and managed care organizations to address these disparities primarily in Montgomery County’s Latino community, concentrated in the Norristown area.
Through grantmaking and related philanthropic activities, HealthSpark Foundation works to improve the health and well-being of the community by anticipating tomorrow’s challenges and offering support to plan and deliver cost-effective, outcomes-oriented programs, and services that vulnerable populations in Montgomery County require to lead healthy, successful, and meaningful lives. Since 2002, the foundation has distributed more than $13.4 million to 182 nonprofit organizations.
Contact: Russell Johnson
Blue Shield of California (San Francisco)
Blue Shield of California Foundation announced $1.32 million to support nine organizations as part of the first phase of its “Act Now” fund, a rapid-response grantmaking initiative to support the health and safety of Californians in need. Given the dynamic policy landscape, the foundation is funding key partners who are working to protect recent gains in health care and domestic violence prevention and urging them to push for innovative and enduring solutions to address these complex issues. “Act Now” will support organizations that are aligned with the foundation’s mission and values, are actively engaged in supporting vulnerable populations, and uphold the many essential priorities at the heart of its work.
Contact: Christine Maulhardt
BHHS Legacy Foundation (Phoenix, AZ)
In November, BHHS Legacy Foundation awarded one of the largest grant awards in the organization’s history—a $1 million grant to St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) to support their Building a Resilient Community capital campaign. The foundation award is specifically designated to the Ozanam Manor program, which provides a bridge to permanent housing for homeless men and women age 50 and above, as well as physically or mentally disabled adults 18 and over.
Legacy foundation awarded more than $5.7 million to 116 Arizona nonprofits in calendar year 2016. The foundation’s 2016 community grant funding awards supported community programs and projects that improve access to health care ($1,049,361); improve community health through prevention and education ($1,039,800); expand Arizona’s health care workforce ($493,400); and strengthen and support health related community efforts ($3,187,596).
Click here to see a full list of the foundation’s grant giving.
Botswana Ministry of Health and Wellness and Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation (Botswana and New York, NY)
His Excellency the President Lieutenant General Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama of the Republic of Botswana, the Honorable Minister Dorcas Makgato of the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers, and Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative at Texas Children’s Hospital (BIPAI) announced a $100 million initiative to create an innovative pediatric hematology-oncology treatment network in Africa through public-private partnerships with the governments of Botswana, Uganda, and Malawi.
In the United States, 80 percent of children with cancer survive. In sub-Saharan Africa, the mortality rate is estimated to be as high as 90 percent. The comprehensive initiative called Global HOPE (Hematology-Oncology Pediatric Excellence) will partner with local governments and Ministries of Health to build long-term capacity to treat and dramatically improve the prognosis of thousands of children with cancer and blood disorders in southern and eastern Africa. The initiative will also create significant clinical, educational, and research capabilities. Doctors, nurses, and ancillary professionals will be recruited from around the world to provide training to local health care professionals and to begin treating children with blood disorders and cancer immediately. The program estimates that over 5,000 children will receive care in the first five years.
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation is committing $50 million over five years to fund the training of health care providers as well as clinical infrastructure and operations. BIPAI will raise an additional $50 million for the initiative.
Contact: Ken Dominski