Health Forward awards $4.25 million in Safety Net grants

Kansas City, MO — The Health Forward Foundation (Health Forward) has awarded 29 nonprofit organizations a total of $4.25 million in 2016 safety net funding. These grants provide improved access to physical health care and oral health care.

“When people have access to affordable, high quality health care their health outcomes improve. Ensuring that vulnerable populations have access to these services requires a strong safety net health care system. We are pleased to support programs that deliver high quality health and oral health care services resulting in better health, better care and contained costs through improvements,” said Bridget McCandless, M.D., President/CEO of Health Forward.

In May 2016, Health Forward released its Safety Net Requests for Proposals, and received a total of 51 proposals totaling more than $11.6 million in requests.

The following grants were awarded during the December Board of Directors meeting:

Agency Amount Description
Artists Helping The Homeless $158,000 To support start-up costs for supportive, permanent housing for homeless individuals.
Baptist-Trinity Lutheran Legacy Foundation $130,000 To provide short-term emergency medical assistance to low-income, under-insured and uninsured individuals.
Cass Community Health Foundation $177,000 To provide oral health services to Medicaid and uninsured low-income children.
Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas $200,000 To support the provision of medical, dental and mental health/substance abuse services to the uninsured and underserved of Allen County, regardless of ability to pay.
Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County — EITAS $73,152 To enhance access to high-quality oral health care for people with IDD and to promote improved health outcomes for this population. Training will be provided to dental professionals, caregivers, families, and people with IDD. In addition, systemic issues to improve access to dental care for patients with Medicaid will be addressed.
Duchesne Clinic $130,000 To provide health care services to Wyandotte County’s poor and uninsured adults through diagnosis, treatment, education, preventive care, chronic disease management, medication assistance and coordinated care.
El Centro $141,065 To provide increased access to affordable health care services and coverage for El Centro’s service population through its Health Navigation Program.
Health Partnership of Johnson County $175,000 To provide access to a health home for underserved residents of Johnson County.
Jewish Family Services $128,000 To fund a portion of a 211 older adult specialist, a care manager, and an Older Adult Access Network project manager.
Kansas City CARE Clinic $365,000 To support the General Medicine and Oral Health Programs of the Kansas City CARE Clinic. These programs improve access to high quality and culturally-competent medical and dental care for underserved adults or children, with a focus on patients who have chronic diseases.
Kansas University Endowment Association $40,000 To provide quality health care through the JayDoc Free Clinic to the underserved populations of Greater Kansas City, while creating opportunities for University of Kansas students to enhance their education in the health professions.
KU Health Partners $150,000 To provide high-quality primary health care and health promotion services to the medically undeserved.
Lazarus Ministries of Grand Avenue Temple $34,166 To support staff and facility expenses that will provide oral health care and supportive services weekly to uninsured homeless adults in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
Legal Aid of Western Missouri $55,000 To support a full-time attorney and part-time paralegal in representing those who are facing obstacles to gaining, maintaining, or using their full benefits through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Miles of Smiles $105,000 To support program expenses associated with acting as safety net dental home to 2,300 low-income, school-age children living in Kansas City, Missouri, through free access to quality, comprehensive oral health care at their schools.
reStart $190,368 To support staff positions, transportation, and training to improve access to health and oral health services for homeless children, youth, families and single adults.
Riverview Health Services $150,000 To sustain and expand essential health care services, including medication assistance, medical supplies, chronic disease education and self-management support.
Rose Brooks Center $107,800 To support the SafeCARE Health Integration System for low-income domestic violence victims, providing them with critical health care services and long-term navigation to a medical home as they leave shelter.
Saint Luke’s Hospital Foundation $270,000 To support an ongoing care coordination program between safety net clinics, hospital systems and community-based organizations led by Saint Luke’s Hospital.
Seton Center Family & Health Services $150,000 To provide portions of professional staff salaries (dental, hygienist, dental assistant), funds for clinical treatment, equipment, supplies, and gasoline for van and driver to provide dental health services to low-income patients.
Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care Services of Greater Kansas City $200,000 To continue to serve poor and low-income, uninsured, and underinsured individuals, and work toward increasing the number of patients served.
Swope Health Services $164,121 To support the delivery of oral health services for the Kansas City metropolitan area’s low-income, uninsured and underinsured families.
Synergy Services $125,000 To support the Homeless Youth Campus’ on-site health clinic’s key staff positions and a portion of the medical and dental partners’ contracts.
Thrive Allen County $38,328 To continue Marketplace Navigator services and to provide care coordination for high-need consumers in 2017.
Tri-County Mental Health Services $300,000 To provide an on-site co-location primary care clinic at the main office of the safety-net community behavioral health provider in the Northland for low-income and uninsured consumers diagnosed with a serious mental illness or substance-use illness.
Turner House Clinic $280,000 To continue operations and expand capacity of a patient-centered medical home clinic that provides access to quality integrated primary pediatric care services, delivered in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner and to achieve improved health outcomes and sustainability.
United Services Community Action Agency $75,000 To increase the number of USCAA’s clients who benefit from the Healthy Homes Program in the next two years.
Visiting Nurse Association $50,000 To provide high-risk home-healthcare patients a consultation visit with a licensed pharmacist or senior pharmacy student under the pharmacists’ supervision and guidance, to provide medication therapy management services. The goal is to reduce re-hospitalizations, and therefore reduce health care costs, as well as improve the patients’ health post-hospital discharge and their satisfaction with the home health experience.
West Central Missouri Community Action Agency $88,000 To support a nurse practitioner and clinic to provide family-planning services to low-income clients of Cass County.

To date, Health Forward has awarded over $57 million in Safety Net grants and nearly $240 million in grants overall since inception. The Safety Net grants are the third and final round of Foundation Defined Grants (FDG) awarded by Health Forward in 2016.

Learn more about Health Forward Foundation Defined Grants.
Contact: Jennifer Sykes
Phone: (816) 241-7006

Health Forward Foundation
2300 Main Street, Suite 304
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 241-7006