Health Foundation Announces Micro-Grant Fund to Address Health Disparities in Rural Communities


August 2, 2022 

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BUFFALO AND SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – In 2021, the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York commissioned a scan to identify opportunities for improving outreach efforts in the Southern Tier of western New York. The resulting narrative report, Community Health Needs and Opportunities in Western New York’s Southern Tier, found that overarching systemic needs rooted in the social determinants of health exist throughout rural communities and are major contributors to health outcomes. Also capturing positive attributes in community health in rural communities, the report also reflects a strong network of community-based organizations working to meeting the needs of the people of the Southern Tier, innovative programs and initiatives to address issues such as trauma-informed care practices, and a commitment to collaboration among health care and community service providers that has been strengthened by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Believing that this report will inspire conversation and creative thinking about how to make the most of assets to address persistent health disparities, the Health Foundation has established the Conversations on Rural Health Disparities Microgrant Fund for those interested in participating in dialogue, learning, and action planning pertaining to community health needs in rural communities.

“We are pleased to announce a new micro-grant fund to continue vital community conversations around health needs in the rural communities we serve,” said Nora OBrien-Suric, PhD, president of the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York. “These funds will support our grantee partners who work closely with the community on these issues by enabling them to engage in collaborative dialogue, learning, and action planning for addressing and overcoming health disparities.”

Applicants may request up to $5,000 to cover the costs of a wide array of activities that nurture conversations and spark action in addressing these health issues. Applications will be accepted through the end of the year. Potential applicants can contact with any questions.

Click here for the Conversations on Rural Health Disparities Application for Funding.


The Health Foundation for Western & Central New York is an independent private foundation that advocates for continuous improvement in health and health care for the people and communities of Western and Central New York. The Health Foundation’s vision is a healthy central and western New York where racial and socioeconomic equity are prioritized so all people can reach their full potential and achieve equitable health outcomes. For more information, please visit