Centura Health announced the following 19 recipients of its inaugural Health Equity & Advancement Fund, created to extend the impact of community efforts focused on advancing social justice through initiatives that extend health equity across Colorado and western Kansas. Grants awarded ranged from $25,000 to $87,720 with a focus on programs that serve diverse communities and/or populations, focus on diverse caregivers, and leverage collaborations with other partners to increase social impact.
- Brother Jeffs Cultural Center, Denver, Colo.
- Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Center for African American Health, Denver, Colo.
- Chanda Plan Foundation, Lakewood, Colo.
- Cleo Parker Robinson, Denver, Colo.
- Coal Creek Meals on Wheels, Lafayette, Colo.
- Community Food Share, Louisville, Colo.
- Finney County Community Health Coalition, Garden City, Kans.
- Heart Mind Connect, Littleton, Colo.
- Homeward Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, Colo.
- International Rescue Committee, Denver, Colo.
- Posada, Pueblo, Colo.
- Project Worthmore, Aurora, Colo.
- Rose Andom Center, Denver, Colo.
- Second Chance Through Faith, Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Side by Side, Denver, Colo.
- Solid Rock Community Development Corporation, Colorado Springs, Colo.
- The Place, Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Veterans Community Project, Longmont, Colo.
Advancing health equity through innovative social justice programs
“The grant recipients for our first Health Equity & Advancement Fund are truly committed to increasing opportunities for everyone in their community to live the healthiest life possible by advancing health equity through innovative social justice programs that address the persistent gaps that create barriers to having healthy communities,” said Dr. Oswaldo Grenardo, MD, SVP and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Centura Health. “Their programs help curate our vision to make every community, every neighborhood, every life – whole and healthy. This is just the beginning of building our programs around health equity. We are excited to support these organizations who work day in and day out to inspire positive change.”
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.
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.
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.
Our Health Equity & Advancement Fund was launched in June 2021 to support our commitment to Diversity and Inclusion. In our vision to make every community, every neighborhood, every life – whole and healthy, we are continually working to enable our associates and communities to inspire change.
The application window for the Centura Health Equity & Advancement Fund has closed as of July 31, 2021.
The next grant application will open in the Spring of 2022.