Call for Proposals
We will support the planning and implementation of innovative projects that demonstrate how collaboration between hospitals, community health centers, public health departments, and other community-based organizations can yield synergistic improvements in health and more efficient use of resources. This portfolio supports collaborative, systems-based solutions that make measurable improvements in health outcomes and are replicable in other Montana communities. Projects funded under this focus area will create new inter-agency partnerships designed to deliver more accessible and effective care, expand the use of care coordination, and strengthen efforts to prevent disease through addressing upstream risk factors such as poverty and poor-quality housing.
Please note that we are currently accepting two types of grant proposals in Partnerships for Better Health: competitive grants submitted under this CFP and invited grants submitted under our Housing Is Health Care Initiative.
If your project is suitable for the Housing Is Health Care Initiative, please email Ted Madden.
If your project does not fit into the Housing Is Health Care Initiative, and you would like to apply for Partnerships for Better Health grant funding under the competitive CFP, click the button to the right to start your application.
Please note that these are only examples and we will gladly consider funding other types of projects if they meet our basic selection criteria.
- Interventions that address upstream risk factors for health disparities/social determinants of health: Projects that address health determinants—such as limited opportunities for youth engagement, poor educational outcomes, inadequate community support for seniors, unemployment, or lack of access to healthful foods—through partnerships with organizations outside the health sector. For example, projects that address the health-related housing needs—such as providing housing for people with serious mental illness and addictions who are homeless or addressing safety problems that can impact people with asthma and older adults at risk—through collaborations between hospitals and/or payers and housing providers that leverage healthcare dollars to support housing.
- Public health and prevention planning: Proposals from county public health departments or other eligible applicants for support for business planning for or implementation of well-planned and sustainable prevention programs that address high-priority community health issues. (Note: because MHCF funds are limited, we do not provide long-term, sustaining support for programs.)
- Improving outcomes and costs of care for super-utilizers: Projects focused on identifying people who utilize emergency department and hospital services frequently (often referred to as super-utilizers) and implementing evidence-based programs to improve health outcomes and address underlying problems, such as complex chronic conditions and co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues. You can read an example of how one of our grantees, Partnership Health Center, is handling this issue.
- School-based health centers: Establishing new school-based programs that use integrated, team-based models of care to serve the primary and behavioral health needs of at-risk students.
- Direct collaboration among community agencies (for example, sharing personnel or facilities), such as local health departments, rural hospitals, community mental health and substance use disorder treatment organizations, and community health centers to address a major health issue: Initiatives that seek to address an important health challenge—such as serving the needs of the aging population, reducing childhood injuries, or improving diabetes outcomes—through new inter-agency collaborations. Given the challenges of recruiting health professionals and the limited funding available in many rural communities, health outcomes could be improved if the region’s health-focused organizations sought ways to collaborate and share resources.
- Oral health: Proposals for programs that deliver effective prevention and treatment for tooth decay and have a strong business plan for sustaining the program through, for example, third-party billing or inter-agency partnerships.
- Community health teams and other approaches to care coordination, case management, and community outreach: Providers are experimenting with a range of models that improve the quality and effectiveness of care by reaching beyond the walls of the clinic or hospital. Nurse care coordinators, community health workers, and promotoras are examples of such efforts. By helping patients understand and follow medical recommendations and keep appointments, and by identifying and helping address the many social, economic, and educational barriers that patients face in their daily lives, these programs can improve health outcomes and reduce the costs associated with frequent emergency department visits and hospitalizations. You can read more about improving care coordination here.