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2019 Funding Opportunity and RFP for the Hillman Innovations in Care Program Announced

by: Linda Le | Mon, Jan 28, 2019 |


Program seeks grant applications from transformative, nursing-driven
models of care serving vulnerable populations

New York, NY (January 29, 2019) — Continuing its commitment to nursing-led innovation that improves care for vulnerable populations, the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation today released its latest Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Hillman Innovations in Care Program. Launched in 2014, the Hillman Innovations in Care Program offers two three-year grants of up to $600,000 each. The program seeks applications from nursing-driven, evidence-based, patient- and family-centered initiatives that challenge conventional strategies, improve health outcomes, lower costs, and show potential for national replicability.

For full details of the grant program, the RFP timeline, and instructions on how to apply, please click here.

“Addressing the unmet health care needs of vulnerable populations is an absolute imperative,” said Ahrin Mishan, Executive Director of the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation. “Nursing has a venerable history of leading change in this area and we strive to build on this tradition by bringing effective new models to scale."

The Hillman Innovations in Care Program is one of the Foundation’s defining initiatives and supports programs that improve the health and health care of vulnerable populations, including the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ people, the homeless, rural populations, and others.

RFP Timeline and Details
The deadline for applications is Monday, March 4, 2019. The Foundation will hold an informational webinar on Tuesday, February 12 for those interested in applying. Full details are in the RFP, available here

The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation specifically seeks proposals that address the health care needs of vulnerable populations in the areas of maternal and child health, care of older adults, and chronic illness management. Priority will be given to proposals that include one or more of the following:

  • Engagement of patients, families, caregivers, and community organizations
  • Inter-professional or multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Institutional and community partnerships
  • Provision of care in non-hospital settings
  • Strong preliminary evidence
  • Measurable goals and outcomes

The Foundation believes that transformative ideas are as likely to come from community health clinics as they are from major academic research centers and welcomes applications from organizations across the spectrum of care and from practitioners with a range of backgrounds.

Previous Innovations in Care grantees have included Cathy Collins-Fulea, MSN, CNM, FACNM, and Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS, of Henry Ford Health System for the Women-Inspired Neighborhood (WIN) Network: Detroit; Sarah Szanton, PhD, RN/ANP, FAAN, of Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Sandra Spoelstra, PhD, RN, of Grand Valley State University Kirkhof College of Nursing; Janice Bell, RN, MN, MPH, PhD, of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and Rev. Cynthia Carter Perrilliat, MPA, of the Alameda County Care Alliance; Julie C. Novak, DNSc, RN, CPNP, FAANP, FAAN, of the Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns; Michelle Webb, MSN, RN, CHPCA, of Four Seasons Compassion for Life in Flat Rock, North Carolina; Donna Biederman, DrPH, MN, RN, of the Duke University School of Nursing and Julia Gamble, MPH, of the Duke Outpatient Clinic, in Durham, North Carolina; and Linda Beeber, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, working with Nurse-Family Partnership®.

Learn more about all our distinguished Innovations in Care grantees here.


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