Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Endowment for Health Awards More Than $350,000 in Grants


Concord, NH – The Endowment for Health, New Hampshire’s largest health foundation, announced grant awards of more than $350,000 for the quarter.  Seventeen grants were made to support a variety of health-related projects.

 “Four of the Endowment’s recent grants will focus on a place-based initiative to create welcoming communities in New Hampshire,” said Endowment for Health President Steve Rowe.  “Additional grants will be used to help bolster the capacity of the state’s advocacy organizations, create infrastructure to support children’s behavioral health, and track data related to early childhood development,” he added. 

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

Immigrant Integration Initiative Community-Based Planning – A total of $44,000 was awarded to four New Hampshire communities, including Greater Laconia, Manchester, Concord and Greater Nashua.  The grants will support a collaborative planning process that will help advance the integration and inclusion of immigrants and refugees in New Hampshire.

“Across the United States, a growing number of cities and towns are recognizing the economic and social benefits of fostering a welcoming culture for new and diverse populations,” said EH Program Director Kelly Laflamme.  “As New Hampshire’s communities diversify and our native population ages, we have an unprecedented opportunity to capitalize on the infusion of youth, talent, energy, and innovation that immigrants bring to our state,” she said. 

The lead organizations receiving $11,000 planning grants in each community are as follows:

  • Greater Laconia – Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health, Inc.
  • Manchester – Organization for Refugee & Immigration Success (ORIS)
  • Concord – Second Start
  • Greater Nashua – United Way of Greater Nashua, Inc.         


Each community will engage in a collaborative local process that includes the perspectives of local government, neighborhood leaders, providers, and the community at large.                      

UNH Institute for Health Policy and Practice:  $50,000 was awarded to strengthen and sustain the NH Pediatric Improvement Partnership Infrastructure.  The grant will help to advance measurement-based quality improvement processes in pediatric primary care settings.  The first quality improvement initiative will focus on early childhood developmental screening, including screening for social-emotional developmental concerns. 

“Pediatric primary care practices are critical providers of children’s behavioral health care,” said EH Program Director Kim Firth.  “This grant explores the creation of a child health improvement partnership – a model for quality improvement that exists in most states.  The NH Pediatric Society was the catalyst for the planning effort.  Given our investments in professional development and quality improvement within the children’s behavioral health priority area, we felt a statewide training infrastructure in pediatric primary care would strengthen the field and create a vehicle to scale best practices,” she added.

Family Resource Center at Gorham:  $17,000 was awarded to identify a data collection and analysis platform that will allow members of the Coos Coalition for Young Children and Families to track and measure progress on identified indicators.

“This planning project will enable the Coos community to gain a better understanding about early childhood data available in the region,” said Firth.  “This type of data can assist Coos County organizations serving children from birth to age 5 to better measure and report on childhood outcomes and to help inform the community about the importance and effectiveness of early childhood programs,” she said.  The project is being funded through the Endowment’s Opportunity Grant Program. 

New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute:  $50,000 was awarded to the Investing in Communities Initiative.  The grant will help support New Hampshire organizations to successfully advocate for health policies that meet the needs of the state’s residents, especially the vulnerable and underserved.

“To improve the lives of low-income and vulnerable residents of New Hampshire, advocates need the programs, tactics and resources to enhance their public policy impact,” said Rowe.  “This multi-year project will foster a strengthened, sustained, and coordinated advocacy environment.  We are proud to co-fund this effort in collaboration with the NH Charitable Foundation."