Monday, September 29, 2014

Endowment for Health Awards Nearly $1.2 Million in Grants

Concord, NH – The Endowment for Health, New Hampshire’s largest health foundation, announced grant awards of nearly $1.2 million for the quarter.  Thirty-nine grants were made to support a variety of health-related projects.

“Several of our recent grants focus on strengthening organizational leadership to reduce health inequities based on race, ethnicity and language,” said Endowment for Health President Steve Rowe.  “Other grants are specifically targeted to strengthen the fields of early childhood development and elder health.  All of the Endowment’s recent grants seek to maximize the health and well-being of New Hampshire people so they can realize their full human potential,” he said.

Some of the recently awarded grants illustrate the Endowment’s strategy in these areas, including the following projects:

Early Learning New Hampshire:  $62,500 was awarded to advance the state’s comprehensive strategic plan for early childhood by providing core operating support to Spark NH.

“Supporting core operations provides predictable revenue that allows Spark NH, New Hampshire’s early childhood advisory committee, to focus on its mission:   to promote a comprehensive, coordinated, sustainable early childhood system,” said Endowment for Health Program Director Kim Firth.

Families in Transition/Connecting Housing Advocacy:  $16,000 was awarded to strengthen advocacy that supports the development of more affordable housing for NH’s homeless and lowest income residents.

“The Connecting Housing Advocacy project has successfully brought together advocates for homelessness and low-income housing.   The connection between having safe, stable housing and enjoying good mental and physical health is inescapable,” said Rowe.

Transport NH/Foundation for Healthy Communities:  $25,000 was awarded to inform and guide the policy debate on NH's transportation system through a broad-based coalition of organizations and a public messaging campaign.

“Transportation is an upstream factor in determining health.  Lack of transportation creates a barrier to access for health care, employment, social inclusion, food and other basic necessities.  Transportation policy is therefore health policy.  As New Hampshire ages and the Endowment focuses resources on creating elder-friendly communities, transportation will only increase in importance,” said Rowe.

Equity Leadership Fellowship/Lamprey Health Care:  $42,000 was awarded to develop and pilot a new program for rising leaders of color working to advance equity in New Hampshire.

“In our many conversations with prominent NH leaders of color, we repeatedly heard about the desire for new tools and opportunities that would position them to be change agents and civic leaders at decision-making tables across New Hampshire,” said EH Program Director Kelly Laflamme. 

“The Equity Leaders Fellowship is developing a project by leaders of color for leaders of color, preparing them to lead on boards, committees and in other leadership roles,” she said. 

Nashua Senior Wellness Initiative:  $5,000 was awarded to promote the well-being of older adults by providing free health screenings at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, a focal point for area older adults.

“The Senior Wellness Initiative is designed in conjunction with Rivier University with a goal of better educating nurse practitioner students about the health care and psychological needs of older adults,” said Endowment for Health Director of Finance and Grants Management Sue Fulton. 

“This Opportunity Grant will make available health screenings, as well as psychological and cognitive assessments to seniors free of charge.  Better identification and management of chronic diseases will allow seniors to remain in their homes longer; stay healthier longer; and lead more fulfilling lives,” Fulton added.

For more information on all of the Endowment’s priorities, visit   The Endowment for Health works to improve the health and reduce the burden of illness for the people of New Hampshire – especially the vulnerable and underserved.  Since 2001, the Endowment has awarded more than 1,000 grants totaling more than $40 million to support a wide range of health-related projects in New Hampshire.