Centura Health Equity & Advancement Fund

Centura Health has established the Centura Health Equity & Advancement Fund. For the year 2022, the fund will distribute $5 million in community grants to extend the impact of community-based organizations that are focused on advancing social justice and health equity across Colorado and Western Kansas. The fund supports our vision of every community, every neighborhood, every life - whole and healthy.

Centura Health Equity & Advancement Fund

Centura Health has established the Centura Health Equity & Advancement Fund. For the year 2022, the fund will distribute $5 million in community grants to extend the impact of community-based organizations that are focused on advancing social justice and health equity across Colorado and Western Kansas. The fund supports our vision of every community, every neighborhood, every life - whole and healthy.

Pediatrician, Olukemi Akinrinola, MD is  doing yoga with one of her sons, Daniel,  at a home in Centennial, Colorado, U.S..
Pediatrician, Olukemi Akinrinola, MD is  doing yoga with one of her sons, Daniel,  at a home in Centennial, Colorado, U.S..

Why has Centura Health set up this program?

The Centura Health Equity & Advancement Fund was launched in 2021 in support of Centura Health’s commitment to Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) across our vibrant communities in Colorado and Western Kansas. Our commitment to social justice lies in Centura’s Core Values, our Mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ, and from our Adventist and Catholic founders, who teach us that all people are made in the image of God and so possess an equal and inalienable worth.

Championing diversity

Championing diversity

Centura has implemented programs championing diversity and fostering inclusion for the past three years to make our company better, and continuously improve our work.  We have developed D&I councils at each facility and are constantly looking for ways to amplify the voices of those who have been disenfranchised and to empower our associates and communities. The events around racial justice in 2020 accelerated the work we were doing and moved us to take more focused, impactful actions to address systemic racism and the issues surrounding health care equity. 

“All people are made in the image of God and are children of God. So, all people possess an equal and inalienable worth, and belong to a single, interconnected human family. We look at reality through the eyes of those who have been impacted by oppression and injustice. We join together in community. We care for and nurture all creation as well as actively participate in our community.”

Social Justice Framework

Social Justice Framework

In formalizing our fiscal year priorities in 2020-21, we released the Social Justice Framework to guide intentional and strategic actions to change both internal and external structures and systems and to meaningfully serve the community and deliver whole person care. 

The Centura Social Justice Framework is focused on five areas: Recognition and Support, Education and Development, Human Resources, Health Disparities and Community Impact. The Centura Health Equity & Advancement Fund is part of the Community Impact initiative.

  • Learn more about Centura’s Social Justice Framework
  • See previous Centura Health Equity and Advancement Fund awardees below.
2021 fund recipient projects

2021 fund recipient projects

Project Lift 2.0
Brother Jeffs Cultural Center, Denver, Colo.

The project builds upon Brother Jeffs Cultural Center’s wellness initiative, Project Lift 2.0, to address the disproportional impact of COVID-19 and other chronic conditions on the Black community to address social and economic needs through a process that facilitates awareness, education, access, and linkage. Funding for Brother Jeffs Cultural Center will support the Black Doctors Talk program, and their use of social media, radio, podcasts, and workshops to raise awareness, education, access, and linkage to health-supporting resources for the Black community.

Health Support for Immigrant and Refugee Community
Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colo.

This collaborative partnership with the Penrose-St. Francis Health Services Faith Community Nurse program enables Catholic Charities of Central Colorado to expand access for health-related support, services, programing, and education to local immigrant and refugee families. It will allow for increased individual care and support the emergent healthcare needs by providing direct assistance funding to support vision, dental, and general healthcare needs, with a series of educational sessions both on-line and in person, using the Spanish language, to strengthen family health and stability.

Filling Service Gaps to Healthier Black/African American Communities in Metro Denver
Center for African American Health, Denver, Colo.

The project bolsters and strengthens the Resource Navigation model, which is central to all programming and referrals, and expand its Behavioral Health program, which was launched in response to growing community needs amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this two-fold approach, CAA Health seeks to help individuals and families overcome the barriers that characterize status-quo healthcare and SDOH resource landscapes, and to gives access to culturally-relevant behavioral health services provided by therapists of color.

Increasing Health Equity Through Primary Care for People with Long-Term Physical Disabilities
Chanda Plan Foundation, Lakewood, Colo.

The primary care clinic at the Chanda Center for Health, operated in partnership with Denver Health, seeks to decrease healthcare and health outcome disparities faced by the population with long-term physical disabilities. The primary goal of the project is to improve health outcomes and participation in life while reducing healthcare costs for persons with physical disabilities among five categories: spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and spina bifida. The project aims to help persons with physical disabilities heal their whole body, with an emphasis on proactive and preventive healthcare, and to provide a model for disability-competent primary care.

Moving AHEAD
Cleo Parker Robinson, Denver, Colo.

The primary goal of the Moving AHEAD is to strengthen a community of arts and health advocates to address structural inequities and pursue policies for more equitable health and social and emotional wellbeing and connectedness. Moving AHEAD is a cross-sector, statewide coalition working with Black, Indigenous and other people of color to design policy solutions to improve the health and well-being of those very communities. Arts and artists are central to the work to encourage and increase greater civic engagement.

Coal Creek Meals on Wheels
Coal Creek Meals on Wheels, Lafayette, Colo.

Coal Creek Meals on Wheels (CCMOW) provides daily, hot, nutritious meals and related support services to some of our community's most vulnerable and overlooked residents including older adults, low-income families, people with disabilities, physical and mental illnesses, and those who are homebound. Funding will be used to replenish food, kitchen supplies, and containers to provide scratch-made, nutrient-dense meals daily. Funding will help CCMOW meet other client needs that may go undetected without daily safety checks, such as referrals to resources such as food stamps, health care essentials, housing needs, utilities, transportation, medical care, and county services.

Elder Share Prescription Food Box & Latinx Outreach Initiative
Community Food Share, Louisville, Colo.

Funding will support the creation and delivery twice a month of prescription food boxes and/or prepared meals that address health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease to low-income older adults in Boulder County. Participants will also receive health education to increase their understanding of the relationship between food and their personal health. The project also will work to refer more low income Latinx elders to the local food relief system.

Neighborhood Community Health/Services Center
Finney County Community Health Coalition, Garden City, Kans.

This program will assist the Finney County Community Health Coalition (FCCHC) provide opportunities to advance the knowledge of the entire community by hosting two social justice and health equity summits and the establishment of a Community Health/Services Neighborhood Center in the East Garden Village Neighborhood of Garden City, Kansas. This includes a partnership with Genesis Family Health to expand the Community Health Worker program in both Finney County (St. Catherine Hospital) and Grant County (Bob Wilson Hospital).

Heart Mind Connect - LGBTQIA Transitional Housing Program
Heart Mind Connect, Littleton, Colo.

Heart Mind Connect (HMC) is a Colorado based nonprofit organization dedicated to serving our LGBTQIA community by providing critically needed supportive recovery services. Funding will help HMC provide transitional housing for LGBTQIA individuals who have recently been discharged from an emergency room or hospital and would otherwise return to the streets or other unsafe or non-healing environments. The LGBTQIA and Transgender community has historically been discriminated against and confronted with severe inequities in the areas of recovery, behavioral health services, housing, and culturally competent affordable healthcare. Funding will help HMC provide much needed culturally-appropriate behavioral health services that meet the unique needs of this community.

Bloom House Residential Treatment Center
Homeward Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Funding supports program start-up costs to support a residential treatment center for pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders. The Bloom House Residential Treatment Center is the first and only program in El Paso County to accept mother and child in a residential treatment setting. Homeward Pikes Peak is focused on increasing access to medical and behavioral health care by targeting the needs of pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders, a vulnerable and underserved population in Colorado.

IRC in Denver Survivor Wellness Center
International Rescue Committee, Denver, Colo.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) of Denver will utilize funding to expand community capacity to advance rehabilitation for torture survivors. The IRC hopes to establish a mechanism that will allow survivors to access pro bono and/or low bono care while affording opportunities for providers to gain experience working with a unique and diverse patient population, and they plan to collaborate on training and capacity building for Centura Health staff and providers interacting with and treating torture survivors and other people who have experienced similar trauma.

Housing Stability
Posada, Pueblo, Colo.

This funding opportunity will enable Posada to administer, maintain and repair housing facilities to provide individuals and families with decent, safe, and affordable housing options and to seek out other resources to expand Pueblo's critically low housing stock.

Increasing Health Equity for Refugees and Immigrants in the Denver Metro Area
Project Worthmore, Aurora, Colo.

Project Worthmore and the Worthmore dental clinic provide services to 4,000+ refugees annually, providing holistic services and support through their six programs. Funding supports the outreach and patient navigation efforts of staff, and the buildout of the dental clinic to become a twelve-chair facility.

Health Equity and Social Justice for Domestic Violence Survivors
Rose Andom Center, Denver, Colo.

The project will build on the success already seen through the collaborative framework of the Rose Andom Center by expanding access to medical and behavioral health care for families impacted by domestic violence and creating new trauma-informed, evidence-based programming for survivors’ children. The Rose Andom Center has clearly seen the power of collaboration in rebuilding hope and healing for victims and extends the partnerships and programming to interrupt the generational cycle of violence with children living in households impacted by domestic violence.

Second Chance Through Faith
Second Chance Through Faith, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Second Chance Through Faith's overall goal is to improve community safety by preventing crime and reducing recidivism, increasing social justice and building a healthier community. The program provides alternative choices for youth and opportunities that deter them from gang involvement. Funding will be used to support mentoring that provides guidance and accountability for stability and weekly groups for all ages, genders and races that educates and equips them with skills and resilience to avoid and reduce or stop high risk behaviors, allowing for better decision making and healthy relationships in the community.

Behavioral Health Support for the Justice-Involved, through Coaching and Community
Side by Side, Denver, Colo.

Side By Side exists to provide effective and accessible support to the justice-involved so they can flourish holistically, and so that the impacts of mass incarceration can be lessened on individuals and communities. Funding will be used to provide mental and behavioral health services through a professional coaching and peer community that is accessible to clients in a convenient, strengths-based manner. Clients can co-design a program tailored to their unique story and needs. By leveraging their strengths to positively change their lives and communities, they become empowered to meet all of their mental and behavioral health needs in a manner that allows the both individual, and their communities, truly thrive.

Solid Rock CDC Food Pantry - Healthy Food Initiative
Solid Rock Community Development Corporation, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Solid Rock Community Development Corporation provides food distribution in a network with Colorado Food Rescue, Care and Share, and local farmers. They will distribute the food to low-income families that make up over 30% of southeast Colorado Springs, collaborate with multiple organizations to solve food insecurity, and educate the community on the benefits of preparing and eating healthy foods. In addition to supporting food distribution, funding will go towards food education and community classes on how to prepare healthy meals.

Housing Access and Equity
The Place, Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Place will create a permanent Drop-In Center for youth experiencing homelessness. This standalone facility will be separate from its Emergency Youth Shelter and centrally located in downtown Colorado Springs. These efforts will help move youth off the street or out of unsafe living, into safe and stable housing by creating a streamlined, equitable approach.

Veterans Community Project Colorado Support
Veterans Community Project, Longmont, Colo.

The Veterans Outreach Center of Longmont will use funding to provide walk-in support services to any Northern Colorado Veteran in need of food, housing, or emergency assistance. Services will be focused on cutting through barriers to housing, employment, mental health care, health care, and behavioral health care facing Veterans to increase access. VCP is also building a VCP Village. When completed in 2022, it will have twenty-six tiny homes (21 for individuals and five houses for Veterans and their families) and a 3,000 square foot Community Center to support Veterans through inventive solutions designed to end Veteran homelessness.


Projects that address social justice issues and advance health equity across Colorado and Western Kansas. 

Applicants should ensure their proposed work/project:

  • Serves a specific diverse underrepresented or underserved community (either based on geography or lived experience).
  • Addresses specific Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)
  • Integrates members of communities being served (community participatory approach)
  • Builds community capacity, with an emphasis on training community health workers
  • Identifies specific objectives that will be measured and reported.

Priority will be given to work that:

  • Aligns with Centura’s Social Justice Framework
  • Is done in collaboration with other organizations
  • Fills a significant and unique health-related gap
  • Supports existing successful care models thus providing for continuity of care
  • Is innovative, trying new approaches to reducing health disparities
  • Builds community capacity, with an emphasis on training community health workers
  • Leverages funding from other sources.
  • $ 1 million will go to proposals addressing food security
  • $ 1 million will go to proposals addressing mental health
  • $ 3 million will go to proposals otherwise advancing social justice and health equity
  • May 1, 2022 – Application Period Opens
  • May 31, 2022 – Applications Due
  • June 30- July 15, 2022 – Applicants notified on funding selection
  • Fall 2022 – Project begins
  • August 30, 2023 – Project/financial reports due

Requested amounts may be $50,000 or greater. Please note that depending on number of applications, some proposals may only receive partial funding. Please indicate if you are open to partial funding in the application form.

Eligible activities:  

  • General operating support, capacity building, and technical assistance

Eligible Applicants:

  • 501 (c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organizations
  • Non 501(c)(3) community-based organizations dedicated to serving diverse, underrepresented populations applying in conjunction with a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization as a fiscal sponsor (see Sponsor Letter Template here).
  • Sovereign Tribal Nations (federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Applicant must be operating in Colorado or Kansas and within 50 miles of a Centura facility or a Centura-affiliated facility.

Ineligible activities/applicants:

  • Debt retirement or operating deficit
  • Scholarships/endowments
  • Studies/research
  • Political campaigns
  • Public agencies including health departments and local governments (excluding Sovereign Tribal Nations)
  • Physician-owned (or physician immediate family-owned) organizations where physician may be able to refer


  • Complete grant application submitted by deadline
  • If awarded, conduct one meeting/visit with Centura leadership within the project year
  • If awarded, submit outcomes and financial report by August 31, 2023 at this link

Centura Health's health priorities maps help to identify the most pressing health and safety needs within the regions of our various hospitals.
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Erika Manuel, and Jennifer Wagner, in the office space, in corporate HQ building in Centennial, Colorado.
Erika Manuel, and Jennifer Wagner, in the office space, in corporate HQ building in Centennial, Colorado.

Application process

All applications must be submitted by May 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m MST