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Offering nearly $300,000 in grants to improve health care
By Chris Barnett / August 4, 2017 /   Loading Disqus...
Nonprofit organizations have until Aug. 28 to apply for grants to improve primary care and health outcomes through the RIGHA Foundation Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation. Nearly $300,000 is available for distribution. The maximum grant is $75,000.

“Supporting programs that improve the health of Rhode Islanders is one of our core objectives. Our priority is proposals that will greatly impact the provision of quality and affordable health care services or that will connect individuals with the community health resources necessary for better health outcomes,” said Larry Warner, strategic initiatives officer for the Foundation’s Health sector.

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 delighted to play a role in this initiative in support of healthy communities. Using philanthropy, we can inspire innovation and collaboration in the health care sector to achieve real results,” said Karen Voci, president of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation.

Recent recipients include Clinica Esperanza, which received $50,000 to support care for uninsured, low-income, limited-English-speaking patients; South County Health, which was awarded $64,347 to reduce the number behavioral health-related visits to emergency rooms at South County Hospital and Westerly Hospital; and Thundermist Health Center, which received $61,875 to hire an on-site pharmacist to provide chronic disease management, medication assessment and advanced patient education.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2016, the Foundation awarded a record $45 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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