Conversations on Rural Health Disparities Micro-Grant Funding

View our July 18, 2022, webinar on rural health disparities in New York.

Upstate New York is home to many beautiful and vibrant rural communities.  Many of the 16 counties that are served by the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York are predominantly rural, with a number of small cities and towns that people call home.

In 2020, the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York launched a new strategic plan and vision with a focus on socioeconomic and racial health equity.  This strategic plan includes a commitment to addressing health disparities in the rural communities we serve. To support this commitment, we commissioned a scan to identify opportunities for improving outreach efforts to three rural counties in the Southern Tier of western New York—an area with vast health needs that have been historically under-resourced.

The narrative report resulting from this scan, Community Health Needs and Opportunities in Western New York’s Southern Tier, finds that overarching systemic needs rooted in the social determinants of health exist throughout rural communities and are major contributors to health outcomes. Transportation access, health care workforce shortages, under-funded community services, historical trauma associated with race and geography, and the impact of poverty are among the factors named as contributing to health disparities.

The report also captures positive attributes in community health in rural communities, including a strong network of community-based organizations working to meet 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.

Download the report as a PDF here.

The “Conversations on Rural Health Disparities” Micro-grant Fund 

The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York believes that this report will inspire conversation and creative thinking about how to make the most of assets to address persistent health disparities.  For those who want to come together for dialogue, learning, and action planning related to community health needs in rural communities, we have established a micro-grant fund to support you.

Applicants may request up to $5,000 to cover the costs of a wide variety of activities that nurture conversations and spark action.  Such activities might include covering costs to bring an inspiring speaker to your community, providing lunch and stipends to community members to gather their perspectives on an issue you wish to address, or compensating a facilitator to lead an action-oriented workshop.  This fund can help you cover small one-time expenses or something a little bit bigger.  Please use this application to start a conversation with the Health Foundation on what you would like to do!

Key Dates: We will accept applications on a rolling basis for the remainder of this year.  Applicants can expect to be contacted by a Health Foundation representative within 14 days of submitting an application.

Questions? Email our team at ruralhealth@hfwcny.org.

 

Conversations on Rural Health Disparities – Application for Funding

Tell us about those applying for the micro-grant grant, including whether they are a graduate or current participant in the Health Leadership Fellows program. (Indicate Fellows status with Y or N)

Applicant #1(Required)
Please indicate whether applicant is a Health Leadership Fellow.
Applicant #2
Please indicate whether applicant #2 is a Health Leadership Fellow.
Applicant #3
Please indicate whether applicant #3 is a Health Leadership Fellow.
Applicant #4
Please indicate whether applicant #4 is a Health Leadership Fellow.
Application Contact
Please provide contact information for two individuals who can answer questions about this application:

The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York can only award grants to community based organizations with a 501c3 status. However, we recognize that some applicants may not be affiliated with such an organization. Please indicate here if you would like the Health Foundation to work with you to connect you with a non-profit organization in your community.

Request Summary: Please tell us about the activities you would like us to support, what you hope to achieve, and which county or counties your efforts will take place in. NOTE: We serve 16 counties, including Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties in western New York, as well as Cayuga, Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and Tompkins counties in central New York.