Monday, July 1, 2013

Endowment for Health Awards More Than $850,000 In Grants

Concord, NH – The Endowment for Health, New Hampshire’s largest health foundation, announced awards of $857,136 in the past three months.  Nineteen grants were made to support a variety of health-related projects.

“Most of the Endowment’s recent grants are intended to reduce health disparities among racial, ethnic and linguistic minorities and to improve the mental health of children and their families,” said Endowment for Health President Steve Rowe.  “The purposes of other grants include reducing economic and geographic barriers to health care as well as to support safety-net providers,” he said.

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


Advancing Health Equity

Manchester Community Health Center:  $195,982 was awarded to enhance the health center’s capacity to serve as an exemplary provider of culturally effective care. The center’s personnel will learn from national experts about techniques to identify and address health disparities among the patients they serve.  Funding will also help the health center introduce and sustain best practices in culturally effective care. 

Lamprey Health Care/Southern NH AHEC:  $21,555 was awarded to the Nursing Quest Summer Camp program to promote awareness and knowledge of the nursing profession among youth from diverse cultures and ultimately expand diversity within the nursing workforce.

“We need to help make our current health-care workforce as sensitive as possible to cultural differences and needs,” said EH Program Director Kelly Laflamme.  “Longer term, we are working to build a more diverse health care workforce that better reflects the overall patient population.  In order to achieve that, we need to engage minority kids when they’re young – at a time when we can instill a sense of possibility in nursing careers through a camp experience and by helping them plan their preparatory classes to set them on a health-care career track,” she said.


Economic Barriers to Access

UNH Institute for Health Policy and Practice/Citizens Health Initiative:  $50,000 was awarded for development of an interactive, web-based health data mapping resource to help identify and address New Hampshire’s current and future health care needs.

This health mapping resource is part of the New Hampshire Health Roadmap Project.  Its goal is to inform the public about future health needs and to help generate the planning, policies and resources needed for the future,” said Rowe.

Foundation for Healthy Communities:  $94,601 was awarded to improve access to pharmacy assistance for uninsured or underinsured individuals by extending the Unused Medication program statewide and by forming a new entity that will manage and sustain the program into the future.

“Uninsured or underinsured individuals often lack the financial means to fill needed prescriptions,” said Rowe.  “This grant expands a successful pilot pharmacy assistance project statewide.  It utilizes unused medications from nursing homes to meet the short-term pharmacy needs of patients.”


Mental Health of NH's Children & Their Families

Community Bridges:  $12,553 was awarded to improve the availability of and access to high-quality early childhood mental health supports and services for NH's young children (aged birth to six) and their families.  The grant will pilot a credentialing system for early childhood and family mental health.

Research has demonstrated that New Hampshire has an insufficient workforce to ensure the availability of and access to high-quality early childhood mental health supports and services,” said EH Program Director Kim Firth.  “Healthy social-emotional development and responsive relationships with primary caregivers are foundational for infants,” she added. 

New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence:  $72,313 was awarded to provide trauma-informed services to children exposed to violence in their homes.  The grant will support a trauma specialist to work with the state’s 14 crisis centers, providing advocate training and mentoring to better respond to the needs of children exposed to violence.   

“Exposure to violence in the home can have detrimental and long-term effects on children,” said Firth.  “The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and its member programs, serve hundreds of children exposed to violence and are ideally positioned to work with non-offending parents to mitigate the impact of trauma.” 

For more information on all of the Endowment’s priorities or to apply for a grant, visit