RI Foundation Offers $300,000 in Grants to Improve Health Outcomes
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.
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 Rhode Island Foundation has awarded almost $1.5 million in grants through the RIGHA fund.