“To dramatically improve the health of communities, we need to set our sights on health, not just healthcare,” Elena Marks, the Episcopal Health Foundation’s president and CEO said. “Many of our new grant partners demonstrate a clear focus on health and a move toward doing things differently.”
EHF is a major funder in the Austin and Houston areas and recently announced $3.1 million in new grants to 24 grant partners working in community health. So what exactly is the difference between “health” and “healthcare” funding, specifically as it applies to supporting Texans in need?
From a dictionary standpoint, “health” means the state of being free from illness and injury and “healthcare” is the maintenance and improvement of health through the provision of medical services. In terms of grantmaking health funding starts well before symptoms appear and does more than put a Band-Aid on the larger problem. Health funding is about prevention and daily wellness, in hopes that that less healthcare support will be needed down the road.
Here are a few ways that EHF is supporting these types of health groups in 57 Texas counties.
Access to Care
The way that EHF really approaches health funding is by providing access to care support. This is where the bulk of EHF funding has been going lately. In the most recent grant cycle, the foundation gave $1.3 million for this purpose.
Top-earning “access to care” grantees include the following:
- $251,400 to Austin Harm Reduction Coalition (Travis County) - Grant is to support the reduction of the spread of communicable diseases among active drug users and to connect clients to support and health services.
- $241,000 to Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries, Inc. (ACAM) (Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris & Montgomery counties) - Grant is to support ACAM's Health Benefits Access Project – a collaborative designed to enhance access to healthcare benefits/financial assistance. Grant will help the project expand to new areas, demonstrate impact and assist partners in building self-sufficiency program models.
- $191,958 to The Center (Harris & Waller counties) - Grant is to support the expansion of dental services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Program and General Operating Support
In the most recent grant cycle, EHF provided both program/project and general operating support. Different types of nonprofits have different needs at different times, and that’s why we love seeing funders who can be flexible with the types of support they provide.
Capacity Building Support
One type of support that’s becoming increasingly common among local funders is capacity building support. Running a nonprofit effectively isn’t easy, and funders like EHF are realizing this and meeting this crucial need. EHF awarded $509,620 in capacity building support in the most recent grant cycle.
These are a couple of the recent capacity building grantees:
- $129,000 to Christ Clinic, Katy (Fort Bend, Harris & Waller counties) - Grant is to develop a fundraising and administrative support team to increase philanthropic revenue.
- $230,620 to Greater Killeen Free Clinic (Bell, Coryell, & Lampasas counties) - Grant is to increase capacity in staffing and physical space to allow for clinic expansion and to facilitate long-term sustainability.
Different, Not More
EHF believes that a different approach to health is needed, not just more healthcare services. Now’s the time to address the root causes of health issues, and community-based primary care clinics play a big part in the proposed solution. Read President/CEO Elena Marks’ blog, Why We Need "Different" Not Just "More," to better understand the foundation’s take on this issue.
To learn more about this funder, check out IP’s full profile of the Episcopal Health Foundation.