Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia: Community Health Grants

Kaiser Permanente of Georgia

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Grant amount: Up to US $75,000

Next anticipated deadline: Mar 13, 2020 2:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Apr 3, 2020 2:00pm 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:

Overview

Through our grants program, the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia makes contributions to eligible nonprofit and government organizations to improve access to health care, inform health policy, and implement programs that promote and improve health. From safety-net clinics to initiatives that positively impact patients’ mental health, we support health-improvment projects that align with our funding priorities and improve the health of vulnerable or underserved populations.

Funding priorities for the grant cycle beginning March 1 2019 include: 

  • Behavioral health
  • HIV/AIDS prevention & Treatment
  • Educational attainment

Funding Priorities

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 funding support from the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, applicants must meet the following criteria:
    • Be a tax exempt, nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity or government entitity
    • Be incorporated in and requesting 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 previous grantee
    • Have submitted all outstanding project reports, if a previous grantee
    • Be able to provide required suporting documents if you are selected to complete a grant application (e.g., 990 tax return, audit, etc.)

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:

  • The Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia 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, physical ability, medical condition, or veteran status
    • Groups with an open Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia grant
    • Political candidates or organizations
    • Faith-based organizations that intend to use funds to teach or advance their religious ideology or solely provide programs to its own congregation, membership, or students
    • Organizations and programs outside the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia service area (see map below)
    • Sports teams/events, student enrichment trips, or school yearbooks