The Charles R. Wood Foundation announced a new initiative in which it will provide $1 million to community-based initiatives aimed at improving the health of the population in the region.
The foundation’s board released a request for proposals (RFP) to encourage applicants to collaborate in efforts to improve the health status of the residents and to reduce health care costs. Funding consideration will be limited to organizations serving the New York counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Warren, and Washington.
It will be distributed over the next three years.
Charlene Wood, board chairperson, said the foundation annually reviews over 150 individual applications to support the arts, children, and health services.
“To be proactive, we now support this additional initiative, and dedicate this money up front as we urge providers, businesses, social services, and other organizations to help drive innovative efforts that address the population’s barriers to health care access and cost,” she said.
Board members cited the series of state Department of Health reports in recent years detailing the critical nature of the health issues in the region. These include: the state Population Health Improvement Program; the Department of Health Prevention Agenda 2019-2024; the state Health Innovation Plan and the North Country Health System Redesign Commission.
“We see prevalence of chronic illness in an aging population, health worker shortages, uncontrolled but preventable illnesses, and geographic access issues. The problems and the needs are well documented,” said Wood. “Our objective is our own ‘triple aim.’ We seek better health care, improved population health, and more efficiency in health care delivery. We will support community applications targeted at achieving these outcomes.”
At its spring board meeting, the Foundation supported a $100,000 request for development work on a tele-medicine program in the region. Wood cited it as an example of “serious money for an innovative collaboration” that eventually may bring remote providers and long-distance consultation to people who can’t directly access in-person care without great difficulty.
More details about the application process are available at www.charlesrwoodfoundation.com. The deadline for online grant application submission is Sept. 1.