Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Funding Available for Grants

UnitedHealthcare is funding $1.3 million in new grants to help healthcare consumers and improve healthcare delivery in Arizona. The grants will fund projects involving technology improvements for safety-net providers, initiating medical education programs in underserved communities, and providing population-based preventive health strategies. In addition, cash or in-kind contributions will be made to help establish and support healthcare information technology initiatives.

The present grants are going to be awarded in the second grant cycle. In the first grant cycle, UnitedHealthcare contributed more than $1.4 million to several local organizations, including $700,000 to Arizona State University Foundation to refurbish a mobile healthcare van and $200,000 to El Rio community Health Center in Tucson to help build an interface for electronic medical records and a health information exchange. A third UnitedHealthcare cycle of grants is planned for the fall of 2009.

UnitedHealthcare will begin to accept applications on November 1, 2008 with all applications due by December 15th. For more information contact Deborah Chambers at 602-954-3381 or email

The California HealthCare Foundation seeks proposals that will help provide high quality chronic disease care in California since there are fourteen million Californians with at least one chronic condition.

The grants range from $50,000 to $500,000 each with grants to be awarded for $25,000 per coalition of multiple key stakeholders. The funding is dependent on community size, scope of work, and the potential for impact.

CHCF is going to fund up to $250,000 to support local cross-sector activities to:
  • Address the creation of cross sector partnerships to lead quality improvement efforts
  • Spur the sharing of ideas, practices, resources, and tools for improving the quality and patient-centered chronic disease care across provider organizations
  • Advance the knowledge and skills of clinical staff across organizations to provide better chronic disease care such as in team care and panel management

The CHCF proposals are due December 12, 2008. For more information, contact Nandi Brown at or call 510-238-1040.