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Dignity Health, which operates the Mercy, Methodist and Woodland affiliate hospitals in the greater Sacramento region, has awarded $741,206 in grant funding to 28 nonprofit organizations in Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer and Yolo Counties.
The grants, from $5,000 to $50,000 will build capacity in the community to offer much needed services ranging from primary care to mental illness to chronic disease management, shelter and various social support programs to underserved and vulnerable populations. This year's recipient organizations reach out to local ethnic communities and provide services to multiple generations from infants to the elderly.
"The Dignity Health Community Grants Program is one of the many ways our hospitals can help other nonprofit organizations deliver primary care, mental health and social services to the communities we serve," said Michael Taylor, Senior Vice President of Operations for the Greater Sacramento - San Joaquin service area. "We are proud to work collaboratively with these organizations to improve the health of people living in our community."
The Dignity Health Community Grants Program is open to all nonprofit community service organizations that share Dignity Health's mission and values and are dedicated to building healthier communities by improving health and living disparities. The program supports organizations that increase access to care for the poor and address the underlying causes of illness - such as physical and substance abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness - as well as specific health issues. Grants are funded by contributions from Dignity Health's member hospitals. In the Greater Sacramento region, Dignity Health hospitals that contribute to the grants program are Mercy General Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Mercy San Juan Medical Center, Mercy Hospital of Folsom and Woodland Healthcare.
Grant funding is awarded according to specific criteria and restricted to the specific programs proposed. To foster collaboration this year, Dignity Health's four hospitals in Sacramento County asked nonprofit organizations to submit partnership proposals that provide the full continuum of care for specific target populations. Dignity Health also teamed with the California Institute of Mental Health to enable grant recipients to participate in a Learning Collaborative focused on building collaborative practices and developing quality outcome measures.
Dignity Health has distributed over $6 million to 303 organizations in the Sacramento area and $46.6 million to deserving projects throughout the Dignity Health system. Grant recipients are required to complete a detailed grant proposal outlining the purpose and scope of the project to be funded, as well as the population to be served, the project's outcomes, plans for its long-term operation and measurement of success. Projects must be in the area of health care, and related social services.