Advancing Wellness: Health Care

California Wellness Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $675,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit College / University Indigenous Group

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: California

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

All Californians, particularly those living in the state’s most vulnerable communities, should have access to quality health care services. The program areas in this portfolio seek to make health care systems and organizations stronger, more equitable and more effective.

Advancing Health Care Reform and the Affordable Care Act

We believe that health care is a human right and that all Californians, regardless of immigration status, should have access to quality, affordable health coverage and health care. The Affordable Care Act has expanded health coverage for Californians. However, over 7% of Californians remain uninsured, and half of these individuals are undocumented immigrants. We fund community-based organizations, research and advocacy groups, and others working to ensure the effective and equitable implementation of the ACA, and to advance universal health coverage in California.

What We Fund

We will only fund applications that fit under one or more of these strategies. Please review the target populations, key strategies and examples of grants listed here to see if your work aligns:  

  • Culturally and linguistically appropriate health coverage education, outreach and enrollment for individuals and small businesses. 
  • Efforts to help the newly insured retain and utilize health care coverage. 
  • Research to build the knowledge base on the impact of the ACA in California. 
  • Public policy efforts to ensure effective and equitable implementation of the ACA; coverage for people who remain uninsured, including those who are undocumented; and equitable and comprehensive coverage for women.  
  • Communications activities that promote the importance of health coverage and the successes of health care reform in California.

Strengthening Community Clinics and Safety-Net Partners

In low-income areas and communities of color, people’s health is disproportionately affected by inadequate access to primary care services. Nonprofit community clinics are the main providers of basic health care services to people without health coverage or those on public programs like Medi-Cal. Cal Wellness aims to help clinics maintain and expand their services and strengthen their capacity so that all people can have access to quality health care.

What We Fund

Each application for funding must fit under one or more of these strategies. Please review the target populations and grant examples listed here to see if your work is aligned with our current priorities. 

  • Efforts to sustain and improve preventive and primary health care, and strengthen the capacity of small community clinics. 
  • Efforts to support projects by larger clinics to address health-related social needs of patients. 
  • Efforts that strengthen and sustain statewide and regional clinic consortia or membership organizations, or other organizations providing support for clinics. 
  • Efforts to increase the numbers of underrepresented minorities working in community clinics. 

Target Organizations

This program area supports the flowing types of organizations:  

  • Small and larger community clinics providing a broad range of primary health care services to low income individuals on Medi-Cal, other public programs, or who are uninsured. Organizations providing support for community clinics, such as statewide and regional clinic consortia and membership organizations.

Improving Oral Health Care for Low-Income Adults and Seniors

Oral health care in the California, as well as in the U.S. as a whole, provides a clear example of health inequity. Both age and income status limit access to quality oral health care. Medicare does not cover dental care, leaving seniors to scramble for access. Medi-Cal’s dental benefits for low-income adults are incomplete and subject to elimination. And the Affordable Care Act does not require dental care for adults to be offered as an essential health benefit. We seek to address the well-documented gaps in access to, coverage for and quality of oral health care for low-income adults and seniors.

What We Fund

Each application for funding must fit under one or more of these strategies. Please review the target populations and grant examples listed here to see if your work is aligned with our current priorities. 

  • Sustain and increase the provision of quality affordable oral health services. 
  • Strengthen the oral health care workforce that serves low-income adults and seniors. 
  • Support and strengthen data collection and analysis. 
  • Support and strengthen efforts to inform policymakers and opinion leaders about the oral health care needs of low-income adults and seniors. 

Target Populations

All projects we fund must support one or more of the following populations:  

  • Low-income adults and seniors

Increasing Diversity in the Health Professions

A workforce that mirrors the diverse population of California increases access to care and improves quality of care. We seek to strengthen and develop new pathways to health care sector jobs for underrepresented minorities in the health professions.

What We Fund

Each application for funding must fit under one or more of these strategies. Please review the target populations and grant examples listed here to see if your work is aligned with our current priorities.

  • Systems change and policy work addressing barriers to underrepresented minorities pursuing and/or sustaining careers in health professions. 
  • Programs that encourage careers in the health professions among underrepresented minorities at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels. 
  • Programs that improve admission and retention rates among underrepresented minorities and women in health professions schools and training programs. 
  • Programs that support underrepresented minorities and women in health care jobs through workforce development and employment retention activities. 
  • Education and outreach about careers in the health professions to increase the diversity of clinicians at safety-net institutions. 
  • High-quality health care workforce development and academic programs to increase the number of underrepresented minorities employed at safety-net institutions. 

Target Populations

All projects we fund must support one or more of the following populations:  

  • Underrepresented minorities. 
  • Women and girls.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Your organization must be a nonprofit public agency, religious organization or tribal government.
  • You must have Section 501(c)(3) status and be classified as a public charity.
  • Your organization can’t discriminate by race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation or national origin.
  • Your application is not for an annual fund drive, building campaign, major equipment or biomedical research.
  • Your proposal would benefit those living in California.

Ineligibility:

  • Cal Wellness does not provide international funding or fund organizations located outside the United States.
  • Advancing Health Care Reform and the Affordable Care Act
    • We fund very specific projects and activities. We do not fund: 
      • General health education.  
      • Disease-specific efforts, like diabetes or heart disease prevention efforts. 
      • Research on health care issues not connected to building the knowledge base on the impacts of the ACA.
      • Standalone conferences and individual research projects that are not linked to ongoing strategy support.
      • Individual degrees and fellowships. 
  • Strengthening Community Clinics and Safety-Net Partners
    • We fund very specific organizations, projects and activities. We do not fund:
      • Nonprofits providing safety net services that are not community clinics, clinic consortia or other organizations that provide technical assistance or capacity building services to clinics. Examples of these types of safety net organizations we do not fund include: family resource centers and shelters for domestic violence survivors or homeless persons.
      • Clinics or other organizations providing a single type of healthcare service, such as behavioral health, substance abuse, or vision care. 
      • Stand-alone conferences and individual research projects that are not linked to ongoing strategy support, and we do not fund individual degrees and fellowships. 
  • Improving Oral Health Care for Low-Income Adults and Seniors
    • We fund very specific projects and activities. We do not fund:
      • Requests that focus solely or predominantly on children/pediatric dentistry. 
      • Capital campaigns to build a new building/section/wing for a dental program.
      • Requests that are solely focused on equipment. However, you may use a portion of Cal Wellness grant dollars to purchase key items such as operatories (dental workstations/chairs), so long as the purpose is clearly tied to serving more low-income adults and/or seniors OR improving the quality of dental services for low-income adults and/or seniors.
  • Increasing Diversity in Health Professions
    • We fund very specific projects and activities. We do not fund:
      • Health professions and workforce diversity efforts that are not focused on underrepresented minorities (URMs).  
      • We do not fund standalone conferences and individual research projects that are not linked to ongoing strategy support, and we do not fund individual degrees and fellowships.