FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Dec. 9, 2015
Contact: Jennifer Sykes
Phone: (816) 241-7006
Kansas City, MO — The Health Forward Foundation (Health Forward) has awarded 27 nonprofit organizations a total of $4.3 million in 2015 Safety Net Health Care funding. These grants support strengthening safety net health systems to provide improved physical and oral health care to the underserved and uninsured.
“Health Forward is proud to support these organizations that are working to ensure that vulnerable populations have access to a strong safety net system that delivers high quality health and oral health services that result in better health, better care and lower costs,” said Bridget McCandless, M.D., President/CEO of Health Forward.
In May 2015, Health Forward released its Safety Net Health Care Requests for Proposals (RFP). The Foundation received a total of 55 proposals totaling approximately $11.6 million in requests.
The following grants were awarded during the December Board of Directors meeting:
|Agency||Amount Awarded||Project Description|
|Baptist-Trinity Lutheran Legacy Foundation||$150,000||To provide short-term emergency medical assistance to low-income, under-insured and uninsured individuals.|
|Cancer Action, Inc.||$87,000||To provide vital patient services, guidance, emotional support and education to cancer patients living in the Kansas City metropolitan area. These services will help reduce distress and improve the quality of life for those with cancer in our community.|
|Cass Community Health Foundation||$150,000||To support a full-time dentist and part-time dentist that will provide oral health services to low-income children who are on Medicaid or uninsured.|
|Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, Inc.||$200,000||To provide quality, affordable and fully-integrated medical and dental services to the uninsured and underserved of Allen County through the maintenance and further expansion of its Iola clinic.|
|Duchesne Clinic||$150,000||To help patients regain control of their health through diagnosis, chronic disease management, coordinated care and medication assistance.|
|El Centro, Inc.||$145,265||To support the Health Navigation program in both Wyandotte and Johnson counties, providing culturally-accessible health navigation to underinsured and uninsured people|
|Health Partnership of Johnson County||$175,347||To support an onsite pharmacy that will provide access to affordable medications for the area’s underserved.|
|Jewish Family Services||$90,000||To continue development and implementation of the Older Adult Access Network (in coordination with United Way 211), and to expand JFS’s capacity to provide direct care management services by funding a care manager and by contributing to direct client assistance for out-of-pocket medical expenses.|
|Jewish Vocational Service||$90,000||To support the Refugee-Immigrant Health Access Project, which works collaboratively in assisting new refugees to achieve maximum good health so that they can not only survive the refugee experience but thrive in their new home.|
|Kansas City CARE Clinic||$350,000||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, with a focus on patients with chronic diseases.|
|Kansas University Endowment Association||$40,000||JayDoc Free Clinic provides needed care for one of the most vulnerable populations in the metropolitan area: the poor and underserved of Wyandotte County. Through the work of this clinic, low-income Wyandotte County residents will have improved access to high-quality health care, which can reduce the overall cost to the health system while providing a service-learning opportunity to students in multiple medical professions.|
|KU Health Partners, Inc.||$50,000||To provide support to ongoing operations of Silver City Health Center as a primary care, patient-centered medical home for the medically underserved in Kansas City, Kansas.|
|Legal Aid of Western Missouri||$100,000||To continue to provide advocates for individuals and families with income up to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, who reside in Jackson, Cass, and Lafayette counties, who have been improperly denied coverage in the Missouri marketplace under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or who have been improperly denied coverage for specific types of medically necessary treatment under the ACA.|
|Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund||$175,926||To provide medical case management to underserved and uninsured migrant and seasonal farmworkers in rural Lafayette County, Missouri, to ensure these individuals acquire health care services they would otherwise not be able to access.|
|Miles of Smiles, Inc.||$80,960||To act as a dental home to 1,700 low-income, school-age children living in Kansas City, Missouri, through free access to quality, comprehensive oral health care at their schools.|
|Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri||$73,679||To sustain expanded health care services and education program at its mid-town Kansas City health center. PPKM proposes an integrated health services and education strategy to increase knowledge about the risks of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), unintended pregnancy, breast cancer, and cervical cancer and provide critical preventative health care and treatment services.|
|Riverview Health Services Inc.||$185,000||To sustain and expand services that increase access to health care, improve quality of care and reduce costs related to avoidable emergency department visits. The program refers patients to medical homes within the safety net community, provides essential medications and medical supplies for the medically indigent and provides chronic disease (primarily diabetes) education and self-management support.|
|St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation, Inc.||$260,000||To support an ongoing care coordination program between safety net clinics, hospital systems and community-based organizations led by Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City.|
|Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center||$225,000||To support medical/social service personnel embedded in local housing communities, resulting in reduced emergency department use.|
|Seton Center Family & Health Services||$229,506||To support portions of professional staff salaries (dentist, hygienist, dental assistant), provide needy funds for clinical treatment, supplies, equipment, van maintentance and driver, and indirect administrative support.|
|Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care Services of Greater Kansas City||$300,000||To provide health care and supportive services for individuals who are poor, uninsured and underinsured, and reside in Wyandotte County, Kansas, and the KC metro area. Funds will be used for for salaries, equipment, supplies, and overhead for safety net health (medical, dental, mental health, and other) services.|
|Swope Health Services||$235,060||Swope Health Services seeks two-year Safety Net funding to 1) support a full-time dentist and two dental assistants to maintain the health center’s capacity to provide comprehensive oral health services to low-income, uninsured/underinsured residents of the Kansas City metro area; and 2) support a LPN care coordinator from May 2016 to December 2017 who will coordinate the dental and medical care of the most vulnerable patients, such as prenatal patients and patients with chronic conditions.|
|Synergy Services, Inc.||$125,000||To support Synergy’s Homeless Youth Campus onsite health clinic’s key staff positions and a portion of the medical and dental partners’ contracts.|
|The Children’s Mercy Hospital||$200,000||The Dental Clinic at Children’s Mercy continues to serve every child, regardless of the complexity of their medical condition or their family’s ability to pay. The clinic cares for children who, due to physical, mental and/or financial status, cannot be seen in a regular dental office.|
|Thrive Allen County Inc.||$32,257||Healthcare Organizing and Mobilization for Equity 2016 (HOME 2016) seeks to assist the uninsured residents of Allen County with enrollment and subsidy assistance from the federally facilitated health insurance Marketplace, apply for CHIP and Medicaid benefits, advocate for Medicaid Expansion and refer any uninsured residents below 100 percent of the FPL to the CHC/SEK FQHC in Allen County as their “”medical home. HOME will fund one full time community health care educator and the expenses necessary for project work.|
|Turner House Clinic Inc.||$300,000||To improve the capacity of an integrated patient-centered medical home and its capability to use HIT and evidence-based best practices to achieve improved health outcomes and sustainability.|
|West Central Missouri Community Action Agency||$100,000||To support the continued operation of a Title X Women’s Health Clinic providing low-cost health care to both English and Spanish speaking clients in Cass County.|
The Safety Net Health Care grants are the final round of Foundation Defined Grants awarded by Health Forward in 2015. Learn more information about applying for Health Forward’s Foundation Defined Grants.
ABOUT Health Forward
The Health Forward Foundation provides leadership, advocacy and resources that eliminate barriers to quality health for the uninsured and underserved in Kansas City, Missouri, Cass, Jackson and Lafayette counties in Missouri and Allen, Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas. Since it began grantmaking in 2005, Health Forward has awarded more than $205 million to agencies addressing health needs in the community.