In January of 2021, Sentara
Healthcare announced a $10 Million Community investment to address health
disparities and bolster regional health sciences programs.
principal objective of this initiative is to improve the health of the
communities we serve and make a dramatic difference in the lives of our
patients and neighbors. The investment consists
of three areas of focus and will enhance capabilities for Sentara's partner
universities and collaboration between the universities, health systems and
community partners to improve public health:
Grants ($4 million total): $2 million each to support Old
Dominion University (ODU) and Norfolk State University (NSU) in pursuit of
their goal for the development of a School of Public Health.
Grants (up to $3 million): Support for collaboration between ODU, EVMS and NSU. Grants will be allocated to ODU/EVMS, NSU/EVMS, or all three as they jointly collaborate to address the public health and health inequities in underserved communities. Community-based organizations may be included but 2 of the 3 institutions listed above must be included in the application.
- Community Grants (up to $3 million): Support for communities
and community service entities in regions of Hampton Roads that we serve but
are beyond the immediate footprint of ODU, NSU, or EVMS. The intent for this
fund allocation is to make public health and health equity improvement grants
in the greater Hampton Roads region outside of the ODU/NSU/EVMS core service
area in Southside Hampton Roads (e.g. Newport News, Hampton, Suffolk, Eastern
Shore, etc.). These funds will be allocated to community organizations and
other partners to work together to address public health and health inequities
in underserved communities in these localities.
- Letters of Intent (LOIs) are due by May 31, 11:59 pm EST
The following goals are intended to guide the grant recipients
in the prioritized use of these funds for the improvement of public health and
health inequities in underserved communities:
- Create and enhance
capabilities of partner universities to directly impact and improve public
health and health equity in underserved communities;
- Promote and enhance
the collaboration between ODU, NSU and EVMS;
- Support community
organizations to improve public health and health inequities;
- Promote long-term sustainability of public health and health equity activities and funding required to assure continuity of programs.
ELIGIBILITY - COLLABORATIVE GRANTS
- The program must address public health issues and reductions in health disparities.
- Grant requests must include collaboration among at least two of the three universities listed: ODU, NSU, EVMS. Universities will work together to submit the request.
ELIGIBILITY - COMMUNITY GRANTS
- Community based organizations in the greater Hampton Roads region.
- Organizations operating in the primary footprint of ODU, NSU, and EVMS, i.e. Southside Hampton Roads, are excluded from eligibility.
LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) GUIDELINES
The LOI should build upon promising pilot data demonstrating improved outcomes related to public health. This might include augmentation and larger-scale implementation of a program initially funded by other community partners, or a new project never funded by Sentara Healthcare.
- The LOI must have potential for scaling (e.g., production of a template that can be applied in real world settings).
- The LOI must include a plan to measure the effectiveness of the proposed project using specific, measurable objectives.
- The LOI should clearly outline how the project will use novel approaches to improve public health and reduce health disparities. These novel approaches may include the use of non-professionals, health care providers other than mental health clinicians, digital technology (e.g. the internet, apps for cell phones), or other innovative methods.
The program should include the following components:
Letter of intent submitted via web portal.
If your letter of intent is accepted then you will be invited to apply. The application will require a detailed description of the proposed research: The program must clearly state the objectives of the research, how they will be tested, and address any challenges or potential barriers to program implementation.
Timeline for project implementation and completion.
Sources of potential funding for larger scale program implementation.