New Guidelines 2002

The Nathan Cummings Foundation

 

New Guidelines 2002

 

GOAL: To improve people's health and well-being, especially those who confront barriers due to low- to moderate-socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, or gender; recognizing the link between physical health and the economic, social, environmental, psychological, and spiritual factors that affect individuals, families, and communities

OBJECTIVE 1: Access
To assure access to quality health care, goods and services, especially for those who confront barriers due to low- to moderate-socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, or gender. 

Strategy 1: Reduce Barriers
To support efforts that reduce corporate, governmental, and other institutional practices that create barriers to quality health care, goods and services, especially those confronted by people as a result of their low-to moderate-socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, or gender.

American Institute of Social Justice

Washington, DC

To improve the quality of life of low- to moderate-income Florida residents, including improving access to health and healthcare.

$250,000 Total

[$175,000 Health,
$75,000 Interprogram]

Campaign for Better Health Care Fund

Quality/Equality Health Care Access Project

Champaign, IL

The goal of the Quality/Equality Health Care Access Project is to increase the number of healthcare providers who accept Medicaid and State Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) patients. It will complete the follow-up necessary to bring to closure current discussions with state regulators on policy changes necessary to improve access to and the quality of mental health and other healthcare care services for children with special healthcare needs. In addition, the project will build on the strong connections it has made with many public health dentists, private dentists, and public health departments in order to expand access to quality dental care to Medicaid, CHIP, and uninsured children. This recommendation is for a fourth and final year of support. $86,500

Center for Community Change

National Campaign for Jobs and Income Support

Washington, DC

To reduce poverty and increase economic security which includes healthcare benefits.

$100,000 Total

[$50,000 Health,
$50,000 Interprogram]

1 Year

Center for Law and Social Policy

Washington, DC

 

To improve access to government-supported, health-related programs.

$100,000

Community Catalyst, Inc.

Boston, MA

To strengthen the learning community that has developed among the Foundation's Access to Quality Care Initiative grantees.

 

$84,000

Community Resource Exchange

New York, NY

 

Presidential Authority Grant

 

To convene the six NCF Access to Quality Healthcare grantees for mutual support and learning.

$38,500

Consumers for Affordable Health Care Foundation

Taking the Next Steps

Augusta, ME

The goal of this project is to translate consumer concerns about the quality and accessibility of MaineCare (Maine's combined Medicaid and State Child Health Insurance Program) into policy objectives and to have those policy objectives addressed by MaineCare regulators. During this fourth and final year of support, the Consumers for Affordable Health Care Foundation will develop a model for measuring the effectiveness of fee increases and other policy initiatives intended to increase access to and the quality of MaineCare. The project will work collaboratively with the Maine Department of Human Services/Bureau of Medical Services and, to the greatest extent practicable, the Maine Medical Association and other associations of healthcare providers. This recommendation is for a fourth and final year of support. $71,000

Families USA Foundation, Inc.

Washington, DC

To expand nationwide healthcare coverage for individuals and families with incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level.

 

$250,000

Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights

Santa Monica, CA

To build consensus among healthcare providers, consumers, labor and business on a universal healthcare model for California .

 

$70,000

Health Care for All, Inc.

Kids Access and Quality Initiative

Boston, MA

The goals of this project are to develop quality-of-care standards for the state's healthcare programs for children and to develop and implement mechanisms and an ongoing strategy for assuring that policymakers institute those standards and assure provider compliance. A fourth and final year of support will make it possible to complete work to advance oral and mental health, and care for children with special needs. Parents who have been involved in the project will receive training and technical assistance so that they can continue to be full partners in public debates that are taking place around the state's future investment in the access to and quality of healthcare for poor and low-income state residents. $83,000

Institute for Family-Centered Care, Inc.

General Support

Bethesda, MD

The goal of the Institute for Family-Centered Care (IFCC) is to establish family-centered approaches to care as the standard for maternal and pediatric care. With NCF support, IFCC will provide a variety of print, audiovisual and Web resources as well as technical assistance and follow-up support to more than 100 hospitals and community health programs. It will develop 6-8 new hospital profiles of family-centered change and post them on it's web site; produce and disseminate one issue of Advances in Family-Centered Care; and produce a short videotape on family-centered care. This will be the final grant recommended for the organization. $75,000

Jobs with Justice Education Fund

Unite for Dignity

Washington, DC

The goal of this project is to improve the quality of life, especially healthcare, in the immigrant communities of Miami, Florida. It will design and implement the Famn Voyan (Women on the Move) internship program, a leadership development pipeline that will provide grassroots, immigrant leaders with the information and community outreach skills they need to organize their communities in support of an improved quality of life, with emphasis on access to quality healthcare. At least thirty-two Famn Voyan interns will enter the program during its first year. In addition, it will launch a Famn Voyan radio program in Spanish, Kreyol and English in order to do outreach and education in immigrant communities on healthcare and immigrant rights issues, as well as develop the interns' public speaking and message building skills. $75,000

Jobs with Justice Education Fund

Washington, DC

To strengthen the capacity of local JwJ coalitions to improve access to quality health care.

$300,000 Total

[$150,000 Health,
$50,000 Arts and Culture,
$50,000 Interprogram,
$50,000 Jewish Life]

National Health Law Program

Los Angeles, CA

To monitor and track appellate and Supreme Court cases for their impact on access to the courts for beneficiaries of government-supported programs, including health-related programs such as Medicaid.

$150,000 Total

[$100,000 Interprogram,
$50,000 Health]

Neighborhood Funders Group

Washington, DC

To support the efforts of the Working Group on Labor and Community, a project of the Neighborhood Funders Group, to develop the emerging relationship between grantmakers and organized labor.

$15,000 Total

[$5,000 Environment,
$5,000 Health,
$5,000 Interprogram]

Oregon Health Access Project

Covered Kids: Access and Quality

Salem, OR

The goal of this project is to improve access to and the quality of healthcare for low-income families with children. The project will engage in activities to assure that gains achieved in the areas of language translation, oral health, and consumer education during the project's first three years of operation are incorporated in the Oregon Health Plan (the state's Medicaid program). It will design and implement a replicable curriculum for educating Oregon Health Plan (OHP) enrollees about their rights and responsibilities under OHP. Also, it will use the Oregon Health Access Project's Covering Kids and Covered Kids Helpline and its contracts for outreach and application assistance to help eligible state residents gain or maintain access to health coverage, receive quality healthcare as enrollees, and become involved in the organization's work to improve access to quality healthcare. NCF funds will be used to develop the curriculum and to test it in two counties. This recommendation is for a fourth and final year of support. $25,000

Pennsylvania Health Law Project

Pennsylvania Child Health Access Project

Philadelphia, PA

The goal of the Pennsylvania Child Health Access Project is to improve access to quality health care. The project is monitoring the implementation of quality improvements in the areas of transportation and interpreter services and it is working with state regulators to assure that those services are institutionalized. The project will continue to work collaboratively with state regulators to reach consensus on a quality improvement work plan with Medicaid health plans in southeast Pennsylvania. Consumer education will be an important component of all aspects of the project's work. This recommendation is for a fourth and final year of support. $86,500

Public Health Institute Inc.

Health Care Project

New York, NY

To assess the current level of and potential for developing support for universal healthcare.

$35,000

1 Year

SEIU Education & Support Fund

Public Pension Fund Trustee Corporate Accountability Project

Washington, DC

To support efforts to identify qualified candidates for appointment to the boards of public pension funds. These candidates would be committed to investment policies, proxy voting guidelines and corporate governance standards that promote responsible corporate policies, including the areas of employment, the environment, healthcare and human rights.

$50,000 Total

[$25,000 Interprogram,
$20,000 Environment,
$5,000 Health]

1 Year

Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education

Jobs, Healthcare, and Environmental Justice Alliance State Building Project

Los Angeles, CA

This project has two goals: (1) to conduct the research and analytical work necessary to develop a statewide public policy agenda that addresses California's healthcare crisis and integrates jobs, healthcare and environmental justice issues; (2) to recruit 5 organizations with an interest in the healthcare needs of poor to moderate income residents of California's Central Valley region as partners in the California State Alliance - a collaborative effort of 14 organizations that operate in the San Diego, Los Angeles, San Jose and San Francisco/Oakland regions to explore the possibility of working together on a common statewide agenda. The public policy agenda developed will be modeled on a successful Los Angeles-based research and action campaign that led to public and private investment in workforce development and job creation programs that address the lack of access to quality healthcare stemming from inadequate patient/staff ratios and high staff turnover. The statewide agenda would be presented to the California State Alliance to explore as an initial campaign.

$300,000 Total

[$100,000 Health, $100,000 Interprogram, $100,000 Environment]

Tennessee Health Care Campaign, Inc.

Early Child Health Outreach -- ECHO

Nashville, TN

The goal of Early Child Health Outreach (ECHO) is to increase the number of TennCare children who receive early and periodic screening, diagnostic and treatment services (epsdt) from 50% to 60%. (TennCare is the state's joint Medicaid and State Child Health Insurance Program). This goal will be accomplished by modifying the successful training program developed and implemented over the last three years to reflect recent changes in the TennCare program. In addition, the project will continue to coordinate and improve statewide outreach efforts to assure that children receive the healthcare services for which they are eligible. This recommendation is for a fourth and final year of support. $56,250

USAction Education Fund

Washington, DC

To assure access to prescription drugs for everyone who needs them.

$325,000 Total

[$225,000 Health,
$100,000 Interprogram]

William J. Brennan Jr. Center for Justice, Inc.

New York, NY

To protect the rights of legal services clients, museums universities, medical clinics, foundations, and other institutions that rely on government grants to finance essential work, yet refuse to forfeit their First Amendment rights.

$100,000 Total

[$60,000 Interprogram,
$25,000 Health,
$15,000 Arts and Culture]

Strategy 2: Access/End of Life
To support efforts which increase access to and enhance end-of-life care, especially for those who confront barriers due to low- to moderate-socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, or gender.

Partnership For Caring

National Resource Center on Diversity in End of Life Care: Minority Community Engagement Initiative

Washington, DC

The goal of the National Resource Center on Diversity In End-of-Life Care (NRCD) is to improve the quality of end-of-life care available to communities of color nationwide. NRCD will serve as a clearinghouse and network for researchers and for existing coalitions working to improve the end-of-life care in communities of color. It will create, test and support new models for engaging communities of color in improving the end-of-life care available in their communities. NRCD will develop a blueprint for its first model project, in partnership with representatives of the Latino communities of San Antonio, Texas, with an eye towards replicability in other Latino communities nationwide. $50,000

Radio Bilingue

Fresno, CA

To inform Latinos about the end-of-life care options available through hospice.

$71,000

OBJECTIVE II: Environmental Health
To assure that people, especially those that are vulnerable due to low- to moderate-socioeconomic status, race, or ethnicity, can grow-up, live, and work in a healthy environment and have access to products and food that have not been contaminated in ways that could undermine health.

Strategy 1: Address Practices Injurious to Worker Health
To support efforts that address corporate and other institutional practices which have a negative impact on the physical health of workers, especially low-income workers.

Center for New Community

Towards Hospitality and Justice

Chicago, IL

To support a regional working conference to bring together church, immigrant, labor, farm, civic, legal, academic and community leaders to learn about and address issues, concerns and impacts related to the corporate meatpacking and poultry processing industry in the Midwest and Plains states resulting in the development of a regional Leadership Network to assist churches and communities in a long-term process of developing community-based responses to this industry, and will approve and advance a document incorporating principles of operation for this industry in the region.

$95,000 Total

[$65,000 Interprogram,
$10,000 Environment,
$10,000 Health,
$10,000 Jewish Life]

1 Year

Sacramento Valley Organizing Community

Immigrant Worker Association Project

Sacramento, CA

The goal of this project is to improve the health of immigrant workers in the Central Valley of California. The project will organize church-based immigrant worker associations in six Central Valley areas over the next two years. Through these associations, immigrant workers will receive training on how to recruit their co-workers and neighbors as association members and about their rights as workers, especially rights related to occupational safety and health and worker's compensation. In addition, they will gather information about the actual occupational health and safety and general health concerns of immigrant workers from the workers' perspective in order to develop a proactive strategy to advocate for preventative health and safety and general health measures. $100,000

Western Organization of Resource Councils
Education Project

Billings, MT

 

To support a regional project that campaigns against proposed new federal policies for more fossil fuel energy production, and gains protections for homeowners and rural residents against the adverse effects of expanded fossil fuel energy development.

$150,000 Total

[$100,000 Environment,
$50,000 Health]

Strategy 2: Prevent and Reduce Practices Injurious to Community Health

To support efforts to prevent and to reduce corporate and other institutional practices which have a negative impact on health because they degrade the environment of communities, especially low-income communities and communities of color, or contaminate products and food in ways that could be injurious to health.

Center for New Community

Chicago, IL

Presidential Authority Grant

 

To support a regional working conference to bring together church, immigrant, labor, farm, civic, legal, academic and community leaders to learn about and address issues, concerns and impacts related to the corporate meatpacking and poultry processing industry in the Midwest and Plains states resulting in the development of a regional Leadership Network to assist churches and communities in a long-term process of developing community-based responses to this industry, and will approve and advance a document incorporating principles of operation for this industry in the region.

$95,000 Total

[$65,000 Interprogram,
$10,000 Environment,
$10,000 Jewish Life,
$10,000 Health]

Independent Press Association

San Francisco, CA

 

 

To support programs to expand publication and distribution of the ethnic press and periodicals that focus on environmental and other social justice issues.

$250,000 Total

[$100,000 Environment,
$85,000 Interprogram,
$25,000 Arts and Culture,
$25,000 Health,
$15,000 Jewish Life]

The Organization for Competitive Markets, Inc.

Porterville, MS

To reduce the environmental and health risks in the agriculture business by reducing the market power of large agriculture and food corporations and increasing the viability of smaller (and therefore less harmful) farms.

$75,000 Total

[$25,000 Interprogram,
$25,000 Health,
$25,000 Environment]

MEMBERSHIPS AND DUES

Grantmakers in Health

General Support

Washington DC

General support and membership dues.

$8,500

1 Year