Kaiser Permanente of Georgia Community Benefits Grants Program

Kaiser Permanente of Georgia


Grant amount: Up to US $75,000

Next anticipated deadline: Mar 2, 2019 12:00pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Apr 6, 2019 12:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Counties in Georgia: Barrow County, Bartow County, Butts County, Carroll County, Cherokee County Expand all

Location of residency: Counties in Georgia: Barrow County, Bartow County, Butts County, Carroll County, Cherokee County Expand all

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Overview:

Introduction

The mission of the Kaiser Permanente Health Plan of Georgia (KPGA) to improve the health of Kaiser Permanente members and the communities we serve through the provision of high quality, affordable health care and evidence-informed or evidence-based community health initiatives. Through our Community Health Department, KPGA invests in programs and policies that facilitate wellness, prevent chronic disease, and improve the community-level conditions that contribute to health and wellbeing.

Every three years, KPGA engages in a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) process during which data from multiple sources are analyzed and leveraged against diverse community feedback. In 2016, the CHNA process resulted in the identification of seven Health Priority Areas. KPGA is currently seeking to fund programs that address one of the following:

    • Behavioral Health
    • Educational Attainment
    • HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment

    Funding Piorities

    KPGA is seeking to fund programs that engage our core strategies and are highly likely to result in specific outcomes. In the following section, three health priority areas are defined. Along with each defined health priority area is a set of core strategies and the related desired outcomes of interest. Applicants must demonstrate that their program will address at least one of our core strategies. KPGA will track desired outcomes across grantees, so applicants must also demonstrate that they will be able to provide data on at least one desired outcome related to their selected strategy. Although additional program strategies and outcomes may be implemented and reported on, the minimum requirements for successful applicants are outlined below. 

    CONTEXT: Behavioral Health

    Mental health can be affected by biological, social, sensory, and environmental factors. Behavioral health is an important domain of health that encompasses aspects of mental wellbeing and emphasizes a reduction of health behaviors that might contribute to poor health, mental illness, and reduced productivity (e.g., substance use, disordered eating behaviors, self-harming behaviors, etc.). In the KPGA Service Region, mental illness is one of the leading causes of hospital and ER utilization and self-harm/suicide is a challenge in many communities. KPGA is interested in investing in current regional assets and programs to improve mental health symptoms and behavioral health among residents in the KPGA service region.

    Measurement Approach:

    Applicants are required to provide data on at least one long term outcome as it relates to the core strategy.

    • Core Strategy: Increase access to prevention, screening, treatment, and/or supportive services for individuals diagnosed with mental illness and/or substance use disorders
      • Desired Outcomes: 
        • Improvement in functioning as measured by a validated tool (e.g., scores on the PHQ-9 assessment, making progress toward goals on a treatment plan, etc.)
        • Improved access to behavioral healthcare in areas where people don’t typically have access (i.e., schools, rural areas, etc.) or via the use of innovative technologies such as telemedicine
        • Increased access to intensive support services that reduce barriers to mental health service utilization among vulnerable populations (e.g., long-term or transitional housing)

    CONTEXT: Educational Attainment

    Educational attainment is one of the strongest predictors of life expectancy and lifetime health status. Low levels of educational attainment are associated with poverty, unemployment, lack of insurance, and poor health outcomes. In the KPGA region, there is wide variation in educational attainment and school quality is not equitably distributed. Nearly 13% of the population is without a High School diploma. Increasing educational attainment and related opportunities will ultimately improve the economic wellbeing of residents in the KPGA service region, which will positively affect health outcomes over time.

    Measurement Approach:

    Applicants are required to provide data on at least one long term outcome as it relates to at least one core strategy.

    • Core Strategy: Increase access to and effectiveness of early childhood learning programs
      • Desired Outcomes: 
        • Children achieving early childhood education standards (as measured by the Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards or other validated guidelines)
    • Core Strategy: Increase access to/opportunities for extra reading instruction for children who are identified as “atrisk” for falling below grade-level
      • Desired Outcomes: 
        • Children reading on or above grade level by grade 3 and/or grade 5 (as measured by standardized examinations)
    • Core Strategy: Increase access to mentorship and guidance on post-secondary education preparation, application, and enrollment among low-income youth
      • Desired Outcomes: 
        • Increased percentage of high school seniors who graduate on time
        • Increased percentage of high school seniors who apply for and are enrolled in post-secondary learning opportunities (e.g., training programs, technical college, two-year degree programs, or four-year degree programs)

    CONTEXT: HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment

    HIV prevalence varies greatly by county, age, gender, and racial/ethnic identity in the KPGA region. For example, the prevalence rate for non-Hispanic Black residents is nearly five times higher than that of non-Hispanic White residents and HIV prevalence in Fulton, Clayton, and DeKalb Counties are among the highest in the nation. While KPGA Community Health does not offer direct programming for HIV prevention and treatment, there is continued commitment to developing partnerships and strengthening networks to support prevention, treatment, and management (i.e. “treatment as prevention”) efforts, particularly in counties where HIV rates are the highest.

    Measurement Approach:

    Applicants are required to provide data on at least one long term outcome as it relates to at least one core strategy.

    • Core Strategy: Increase access to testing and linkage to care
      • Desired Outcomes: 
        • At-risk individuals demonstrate increased understanding of their HIV status and how to access long-term HIV care (i.e., obtaining a medical home)
    • Core Strategy: Increase adherence to medication and treatment plans for HIV+ individuals
      • Desired Outcomes:
        • Improvement in health status as measured by a decrease in viral load
    • Core Strategy: Increase access to prevention education for at-risk populations
      • Desired Outcomes:
        • Increase in knowledge around the prevention of HIV transmission, as measured by a knowledge assessment tool

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

    Eligibility:

    • To receive support from Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, Inc. applicants must meet the following criteria:
      • Be a tax exempt, nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity or governmental entity .
      • Be incorporated in and request funding for a project in at least one county in our service area: Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Madison, Meriwether, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding or Walton
      • Have completed grant period if a previous grantee.
      • Have submitted all outstanding Kaiser Permanente project reports, if a previous grantee.
      • Be able to provide required supporting documents if selected for grant application (990 tax return, audit, etc.).
    • Applicants may request funding for up to 35% of their program budget, not to exceed $75,000 or 15% of organization’s 2017 actual revenue.
    • Applicants must demonstrate that half of the population served is at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

    Preferences:

    • Special consideration will be given to programs that address vulnerable populations such as school-aged children, homeless individuals, pregnant women, veterans, or LGBTQ populations

    Ineligibility:

    • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, Inc. does not fund:
      • Private foundations
      • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, handicap, disability, medical condition or veteran status
      • Groups with an open Kaiser Permanente grant
      • Political candidates or organizations
      • Faith-based organizations that will use funds to teach or advance a religious ideology or solely provide programs to its own congregation, membership or students
      • Organizations and programs outside the Kaiser Permanente of Georgia service area
      • Sports teams/events, student enrichment trips or school yearbooks