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Second Round of Innovations in Care Program

by: Linda Le | Wed, Jan 21, 2015 |

Multi-year initiative continues to support transformative, nursing-driven models of health care

NEW YORK, NY (January 21st, 2015) - The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation announced the second round of funding for the Hillman Innovations in Care Program, a multi-year effort intended to enhance and expand nursing-driven models of care that benefit vulnerable populations.

The Foundation will release a formal Request for Proposals for the 2015 grant cycle on February 2.  It will hold an informational webinar for those interested in applying to the program on February 17.  Applications will be due on March 16.

The Hillman Innovations in Care Program seeks bold, creative, patient- and family-centered approaches that challenge conventional strategies, improve health outcomes, lower costs, and enhance patient and family caregiver experience. The Foundation is particularly interested in the areas of maternal and child health, care of the older adult and chronic illness management. The Foundation will award two grants of up to $600,000 each in late 2015.

“Last year, we received more than 260 applications from across the country and are anticipating an even more robust field this year,” said Ahrin Mishan, Executive Director of the Hillman Foundation. “We look forward to bringing more promising new models of care to scale.”


First round winners already in action

The Hillman Innovations in Care Program announced its first round of grants in November 2014.  The winners, each of whom will receive $600,000 over three years, are:

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, led by Julie C. Novak, DNSc, RN, CPNP, FAANP, FAAN. Funding will be used to expand a new clinic model that provides integrated health services at local Head Start/Early Start sites. The project is a partnership with AVANCE-San Antonio, which provides early childhood education programs and services to families in at-risk communities, empowering children and their parents by providing them with the tools and resources they need to be succeed in life. AVANCE and UTHSC-San Antonio developed a pilot Head Start/Early Start health clinic, led by a nurse practitioner, which has already provided services to over 300 children and has increased vaccination rates from 50% to 100%. Grant funding will allow the team to offer nurse-provided preventive and primary care services at three sites, not just to the enrolled children but to their parents and siblings, more than tripling the number of children and families that are served. Clinic sites will also expand services to include nutrition counseling and mental and behavioral health. With all sites fully equipped to meet the health and psycho-social needs of the entire family, the team envisions that this model could be replicated throughout Texas and the nation.

The Michigan State University College of Nursing, co-led by Sandra Spoelstra, PhD, RN, and Sarah Szanton, PhD, RN/ANP.  Funding will be used to expand MiCAPABLE, which provides team-based home care and home repair services to help older adults stay in their homes and communities. The award-winning program was originally launched by Dr. Szanton at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.  MiCAPABLE is currently being piloted at one site in Michigan, and will now be implemented in three Michigan Medicaid Waiver sites, which provide services to help nursing home eligible older adults avoid nursing home admissions. Program participants receive 12 weeks of home visits from a team that includes a registered nurse and an occupational therapist, to ensure that health needs are met, and a handyman, to accommodate the home to the needs of an aging adult. The team’s work might include training to help avoid falls, and the installation of bathroom grab bars and other home modifications. Funding will be used to train clinicians and provide MiCAPABLE to 270 patients. The State of Michigan is matching the Innovations in Care grant with an additional $600,000, providing the team with a total of $1.2 million in funding.


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