Community Benefit grant cycle opens with focus on mental health and substance misuse
Jan. 26, 2024 -- Local organizations
with programs addressing the health needs of residents in their communities are
encouraged to apply for a Reid Health Community Benefit grant.
The process is
open for the first of three cycles. Applications for the Mental Health and
Substance Misuse grant will be accepted through Feb. 23.
This cycle aims
to promote mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being by improving mental
health and reducing substance misuse. Requests will be evaluated based on their
ability to improve poor mental health-average number of days, death rate due to
suicide, death rate due to drug poisoning, adults who smoke cigarettes,
depression-Medicare population, and drug and opioid overdose rate.
Benefit grants offer opportunities for organizations to improve the health
indicators identified through our Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and
implementation planning and additionally encourage organizations to work
together toward a shared vision of making our communities healthier," said Jess
Przybysz, Director of Reid Health Community Benefit & Engagement.
The three grant
cycles focus on a priority area determined by the CHNA.
organizations must meet requirements to be eligible for the Community Benefit grants.
A program or service must meet an identified community need and at least one Community
Benefit objective, including improve access to health services, enhance public
health, advance increased general knowledge, or relieve the burden on
government to improve health.
"These funds go
directly toward improving the lives of those in our community, including
neighbors, friends, and loved ones," Przybysz said. "The outcomes from these
grant cycles are creating generational impacts we hope will continue to create
positive change in our communities for many years to come."
2023, Community Benefit hosted a grant kickoff for local nonprofits to provide
information on the three priority areas and the application process.
services an eight-county area across East-Central Indiana and West-Central
Ohio. In 2023, Community Benefit awarded 58 grants, funding a total of 71
health programs for residents and communities.
excited to provide almost $300,000 in 2023 to fund some creative, impactful
projects by our community partners throughout our service area," said Brian
Schleeper, Community Benefit Specialist for Reid Health.
nonprofits, schools, government agencies, and other organizations work
extremely hard every day to make our communities a better place by addressing a
variety of health needs that were identified through our Community Health Needs
Assessment. We look forward to continuing to support their great work through
our grant program and other partnerships in 2024."
The kickoff gathered 135 people from nonprofits into one place to share and collaborate on activities while learning about the grant cycle criteria.
partners gathered in one room, engaged in discussions regarding collaboration,
and brainstorming strategies to work together was an amazing experience. One of
our focus groups defined community collaboration as 'everyone working together
for a common cause and vision, bringing their own unique piece, to have the
greatest impact on the community,'" Przybysz said.
years, a CHNA is conducted to determine the primary concerns in the region and
develop a plan for how to best use Reid's programs and activities to improve
residents' health. Community input is collected through interviews, focus
groups in all eight counties, and a survey provided in English and Spanish.
In 2022, 1,051
people participated in the CHNA to help determine the health needs, and as a
result, a third grant cycle was added. The three primary focus areas are mental
health and substance misuse; physical activity, nutrition, and weight; and
maternal, infant, and children's health.
Benefit will distribute $300,000 in grants in 2024 to nonprofit organizations.
Requests are evaluated based on the applicant's ability to improve indicators for
first grant cycle open through Feb. 23, the next two application cycles are in
the spring (physical activity, nutrition, and weight from April 8 to May 10)
and the summer (maternal, infant, and children's health from July 8 to Aug. 9).
information about the Reid Community Benefit program, the health needs
assessment, and the implementation strategy can be found at ReidCommunities.org.
Health Community Benefit
Community benefit is the basis for the tax-exempt status of not-for-profit hospitals. Community benefit is defined as programs or activities that improve access to health services, enhance public health, advance health knowledge through research and education, and/or relieve the burden of government to improve health.
In 2010, the
Affordable Care Act added new requirements for tax-exempt hospitals in the
areas of community health needs assessment (CHNA), implementation strategy,
billing and collections, and reporting. In 2014, the IRS issued final rules
implementing these requirements. The goals of these provisions are to ensure
tax-exempt hospitals are meeting the health needs of their communities and to
ensure greater transparency and accountability.
with other specific outreach and requirements to meet Reid Health's
not-for-profit status, have put more than $168 million back into the community
in the past five years. A committee of Reid's governing board and community
members reviews grant requests. The grants are awarded as part of the health
system's efforts as a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization.