The HealthComp Foundation’s 2021 grantmaking strategy includes both proactive and responsive funding priorities to align with our mission of accelerating a healthy community and advancing equity in Northeast Ohio.
Our proactive grantmaking focuses on supporting efforts to promote the community’s ability to understand and assess priority health needs and to convene resources to address them. Grant applications aligned with this strategy are by invitation only.
Through our responsive grantmaking, the HealthComp Foundation will support efforts and initiatives that increase social and community support as well as programs anchored in equity that utilize community health workers and other peer connectors:
Initiatives and programs that increase social and community support
Social and community context is an important social determinant of health. Many people face challenges and harms they did not choose and cannot control, impacting their ability to have fair and just opportunities to be healthy. Interventions to help people access social and community support are critical for improving health and well-being. The HealthComp Foundation is interested in programs that help give people facing challenges the social support they need in the places where they live, work, learn, and play. We will prioritize programs that promote social integration, community building, provide support systems, promote civic participation, combat racism and discrimination and reduce stress. In terms of approach, we seek proposals that demonstrate authentic engagement with persons affected by the issues being addressed and power-sharing among partnering groups.
Examples of programs and efforts that would fit with this focus area include, but are not limited to, those that:
- Provide supports to family caregivers of people with disabilities to reduce anxiety and depression
- Connect adolescents to trusted adults they can talk to about serious problems
- Help children and adolescents develop resilience to trauma and stress
- Provide social supports to adults with physical and behavioral health challenges
- Advocate for reforms in the criminal justice system that address the disproportionate incarceration of Black parents
- Provide social supports to children with incarcerated parents
Learn more about social and community context as a social determinant of health:
- Healthy People 2030
- Centers for Disease Control
- Ohio Department of Health’s State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP)
Programs that utilize community health workers and other peer connectors (e.g., peer recovery coaches, navigators, doulas, etc.)
Community health workers (CHWs) and other peer connectors provide social supports and connect people to resources needed for their optimal health. These resources may include, but are not limited to, housing, employment, training and education, health care services, family planning, etc. The intentionality behind the CHW model includes hiring, training and deploying persons from the communities they serve to provide trustworthy support consistent with their clients’ values and needs.
Examples of programs that would fit with this focus area include, but are not limited to, those that:
- Connect pregnant women and new mothers to resources needed for both mom’s and baby’s best health
- Provide peer support to individuals seeking recovery from substance use disorders
- Connect individuals with disabilities to needed supports
- Help individuals find appropriate health insurance and understand their benefits
- Assist individuals with securing resources for basic needs
Learn more about community health workers and other programs that connect people to needed resources that improve their health:
- American Hospital Association
- Health Affairs
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- Maternal Health Taskforce at the Harvard Chan School
- Cleveland State University’s Community Health Worker Program
In addition to requests for support of programs serving individuals and families, the HealthComp Foundation is interested in supporting advocacy efforts and interventions that improve community and social context for communities, especially communities of color, and initiatives that advance the sustainability and availability of services provided by community health workers and other peer connectors.