Equitable health outcomes Funding Opportunity

Maintaining the Health Care Safety Net

As the health system shifts to new payment models, we know that financially vulnerable residents including the uninsured and underinsured will suffer disproportionately from a lack of access to care. Given this transition and the COVID-19 pandemic, it is especially important to ensure the continued viability of the health care safety net system in the state. This is a statewide funding opportunity to support communications, community education, advocacy efforts, and research and evaluation that help maintain the viability of the health care safety net system.

Steps to Apply

Overview

Goal

Help maintain the viability of the health care safety net system in the state.

Strategies

Conduct broad-based communications, community education, and advocacy efforts that advance goals.

Conduct community-based evaluation, research, and planning that engages residents in the process to collect data, identify gaps, and determine best practices to address goal.

Timeframe for Applications

Call-by date: July 21, 2020

Application deadline: August 4, 2020

Geographic Focus

Statewide

Next Steps

If you think you are a fit, assess your eligibility below and then contact us to apply. Or, view all funding opportunities here.

Details

As the health system shifts to new payment models, we know that financially vulnerable residents including the uninsured and underinsured will suffer disproportionately from a lack of access to care. That is why it is imperative in this time of transition to maintain the health care safety net system in the state. It is critical that federally qualified health centers, free and charitable clinics, rural health centers, public health departments, and other safety net providers have the capacity to pivot with new payment systems. The Trust has an interest in helping safety net organizations adapt to value-based care.

The current COVID-19 pandemic highlights existing disparities in our state, and we are seeing the impact of underfunding public health, which makes responding to the current crisis more difficult. Residents need reliable information, and human service organizations need guidance. Providing unbiased information, translating between local communities and state and federal agencies, and acting as a coordinator and strategic planner are all roles filled by public health departments. The Trust wants to strengthen public health in the state to support these important functions.

We are interested in proposals that employ advocacy and communications strategies to promote public health infrastructure, as well as community-based evaluation, research, and planning that engages residents in the process. We will also consider applications to convene public health departments and other stakeholders to make recommendations on how to bolster local public health in North Carolina.

Eligibility Requirements

Before applying, consider the following questions and requirements:

  • Is your organization or work a good fit with the Trust?
  • Are you located or operating in North Carolina?
  • Does your work focus on improving quality of life and health for North Carolinians with low incomes?
  • Do you primarily support populations experiencing poverty?
    • These populations include: individuals living at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level; the uninsured; and those eligible for Medicaid and/or the free/reduced school lunch program.
  • Are your clients (or focus population) residents of Forsyth County? If yes, then you may fit our geographic criteria.

Organizations the Trust WILL fund:

  • Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations
  • Governmental entities

Organizations the Trust WILL NOT fund:

  • Individuals
  • Faith-based organizations without 501(c)(3)
  • Type III supporting organizations
  • Organizations providing pass-through funds to an ineligible organization

Eligible? Contact us to schedule a consultation.

 

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