CHE Announces Funding Availability

The Board of Trustees of the Community Health Endowment (CHE) announces the availability of $1,200,000 to achieve its vision of making Lincoln the healthiest community in the nation. CHE recognizes that healthcare systems on the local, state, and national levels are undergoing extraordinary transformation and, while some changes remain uncertain, our community must act now to assure that Lincoln’s safety net is strong and sustainable. According to Joe Flower, healthcare futurist and keynote speaker at the 2012 CHE Annual Meeting, “If we are smart and fast and aggressive and have a clear vision, there is a better chance than ever that we can help (the healthcare system) change not chaotically but in ways that will make it better and cheaper for everyone. That’s our job and this is our chance.

Using the theme of Rethinking, Revitalizing, and Reforming, CHE has established the following funding priorities:

INCREASE ACCESS TO PATIENT-CENTERED MEDICAL AND DENTAL HOMES

  • Increase the availability of primary care, behavioral health, dental, and related safety net services through innovation, collaboration, and effective business planning.

    IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF SAFETY NET SERVICES

  • Integrate primary care, behavioral health, and dental services to achieve evidence-based improvements in patient care.

  • Build the cultural competency of organizations and providers to effectively meet the healthcare needs of people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

  • Use technology to improve quality of health services and patient engagement in care.

  • Focus on the prevention and/or management of chronic conditions using innovative practices.

    PREPARE FOR CHANGE

  • Assure that Lincoln is well-positioned to respond to new models of care on the local, state, and federal level by developing an adequate healthcare workforce and implementing creative opportunities for meaningful education and outreach to diverse populations.

    SUPPORT HEALTHY LIVING

  • Increase physical activity and prevent obesity through focused programmatic and marketing efforts, community education, development of public policy, and partnerships with traditional and non-traditional partners.

    Stage I applications are now being accepted as part of an open, competitive funding process. Additional information and application materials can be found at Current Priorities. The deadline for submission is January 4, 2013.

    For further information, contact CHE at 402-436-5516.

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