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Nonprofits can apply for nearly $300,000 to improve health care
By Chris Barnett / July 5, 2016 /   Loading Disqus...
Nonprofit organizations have until Aug. 29 to apply for grants to improve primary health care and health outcomes through the RIGHA Foundation Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation. Nearly $300,000 is available for distribution, with approximately 6 to 10 awards anticipated.

“Supporting work that improves the health of Rhode Islanders is one of our core objectives. We are looking for proposals that will have the greatest impact on the provision of quality and affordable health care services, and connecting individuals with community health resources needed for better health outcomes,” said Larry Warner, strategic initiatives officer for the Foundation’s Health sector.

The maximum grant is $75,000. Proposals should address community needs, have measurable outcomes, show a willingness to think creatively about non-traditional partners and demonstrate collaborative capacity, including the ability to foster partnerships among public and private payers, health care providers and other practitioners in the field.

The RIGHA fund was created after Harvard Pilgrim Health Care acquired the former Rhode Island Group Health Association. In 2010, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and the RIGHA Foundation transferred its $1.7 million endowment to the Rhode Island Foundation. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care continues to make annual payments to the fund, which promotes the development of a successful and effective primary health care system in the state.

“We are pleased to be a part of this initiative in support of healthy communities. Through philanthropy, we can encourage innovation and collaboration in the health care sector to achieve tangible results,” said Karen Voci, president of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation.

Over the years, the Foundation has awarded almost $1.5 million in grants through the RIGHA fund. Recent recipients include WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care, which was awarded $28,000 to create a Neighborhood Health Station in Scituate; Thundermist Health Center, which received $39,500 to improve access to primary care for trans adults; and The Providence Center, which received $68,581 to implement an intensive outpatient program for Spanish-speaking clients.

Other recent recipients are Hasbro Children’s Hospital (HCH), which received $50,000 to expand services at the HCH Refugee Clinic in collaboration with Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island; the city of Central Falls, which received $50,000 to support a new community health care worker and the participation of an existing Emergency Medical Technician on the Central Falls Neighborhood Health Station (CFNHS) multidisciplinary team; and Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, which received $50,000 to hire two community health workers – one at Central Falls High School’s based Health Center and the other with the Central Falls Neighborhood Health Station multidisciplinary team.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2015, the Foundation awarded $41.5 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.
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