Valley Health has announced that community agencies and nonprofits engaged in addressing the region’s health challenges are eligible to apply for a Community Partnership Grant.
The health system intends to award 11 grants totaling $200,000, in increments from $2,500 to $100,000. The submission deadline is February 28, with funding to begin in June.
“We recognize our community’s health concerns are complex and we cannot solve them alone,” explained Jason Craig, Ed.D., Director, Community Health. “Partnering with community agencies enables us to leverage our resources to make a more meaningful impact on persistent health trends and disparities affecting our region.”
Every three years, Valley Health conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment [CHNA] to understand the current health of the communities it serves. The 2022 CHNA process involved collecting and analyzing data from over 1,800 completed surveys, interviewing nearly 200 community leaders, and conducting six community response sessions across the region.
After a thorough analysis of the CHNA results, Valley Health selected the following community health priorities for focused attention between 2023-2025:
- Mental Health and Substance Use
- Health Behaviors and Chronic Disease
- Access to Care/Clinical Care
- Social and Economic Factors
Proposals for Community Partnership Grant funding are evaluated as to their potential to impact these identified health needs.
Now in its second year, “The Community Partnership Grant program is a powerful way for community agencies to become partners in strengthening community health–with sustainable programs, projects, and activities that address the region’s specific health-related challenges,” Craig said. “Working collaboratively with community partners, Valley Health believes it can achieve meaningful results and improve health outcomes.”
In addition to the Community Partnership Grant program, Valley Health is making a 2024 investment of more than $800,000 in other mission-critical partnerships that support improving the health of the community.
Organizations receiving support include ChildSafe Center – CAC, Good Samaritan Free Health Care, Healthy Families NSV, Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition, Our Health, Inc., Page Free Clinic, Saint Luke Community Clinic, Shenandoah Community Health Clinic and Sinclair Health Clinic.
For more information and grant application details, visit www.valleyhealthlink.com/partnershipgrants.