Monday, April 15, 2013

Endowment for Health Awards More Than $1.2 Million in Grants

Concord, NH – The Endowment for Health, New Hampshire’s largest health foundation, announced awards of $1,215,901 during the past nine months.  Thirty-nine grants were made to support a variety of health-related projects.

“Many of the Endowment’s recent grants are aimed at convening leaders to raise awareness of the social determinants of health that affect low-income and other vulnerable populations,” said Endowment for Health President Steve Rowe.  “Several grants also focus on health promotion and disease prevention, as well as building self-advocacy and leadership skills among vulnerable newcomer populations,” he said.

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

Convening on Important Health Issues Affecting Parents, Children and Communities

Bridges Out of Poverty for Health Care Professionals:  $3,500 was awarded to educate doctors, nurses, and other perinatal care providers about the culture of poverty so that they may better meet the needs of impoverished mothers as they prepare for and go through childbirth.  The grantee is Northern New England Perinatal Quality Improvement Network (NNEPQIN)/Hitchcock Foundation. 

Summit on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders – Prenatal to Grave:  $3,625 was awarded to raise awareness and knowledge among professionals and the general public about the harms of alcohol use during pregnancy and the effects of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.  The grantee is Child & Family Services.

Alliance of Healthy Community Coalitions Summit:  $14,591 was awarded to advance a coordinated and integrated approach to statewide disease prevention and health promotion as part of the State Health Improvement Plan.  Multiple sectors and regional partners will participate in a strategic planning process and the Healthy Community Coalitions Summit.  The grantee is the Community Health Institute (JSI).

Poverty is a strong social determinant that adversely affects mothers and their children,” said Endowment for Health Program Director Kim Firth, who focuses on children’s mental health.  “Another factor of concern is alcohol use during pregnancy which can lead to birth defects, intellectual, learning, emotional and behavioral disabilities.  This is completely preventable.  Education and awareness for providers and patients are important strategies to strengthen at-risk families and improve health outcomes,” she said.

Advancing Health Equity

Building Community-Based Leadership for/with Immigrants and Refugees of New Hampshire:  $17,200 was awarded to develop parent leadership among immigrants and refugees in Concord and Greater Manchester.  These activities will build peer support while encouraging active parent engagement in schools.  The project will emphasize cultural identity while training participants to advocate for their children’s education.  The grantee is New American Africans/Second Start.

Bhutanese Women’s Leadership and Access: $13,869 was awarded to empower Bhutanese women and to advance their leadership in the community.  Bhutanese women from Concord, Laconia and Manchester will engage in developing a plan for improving access to health and human services for women and families.  The grantee is the Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire (BCNH).

“These grants largely focus on self-determination and empowerment,” said Endowment for Health Program Director Kelly Laflamme who focuses on health equity.  “Both grants will encourage New American families to engage in the civic dialogue of their communities as well as to become active participants in the education of their children,” she said.  “By building connections between peers, these projects will also help to address the social isolation and depression that newcomers often experience.”

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