July 2012

Mission and Ministry Fund Awards Grants for Healthy Communities


CHI has awarded 36 grants totaling more than $3.2 million for the planning, development and implementation of initiatives to promote healthy communities in the U.S. and around the world. The grants from the Mission and Ministry Fund will support a wide array of programs to improve the health of communities.

Since it was established in 1996 with guidance from CHI’s founding congregations, the Mission and Ministry Fund has awarded 347 grants totaling more than $41.6 million. This year’s grants will fund a diverse set of initiatives, from a project to increase access to health care resources for low-income residents of affordable housing in Tacoma, WA, to a project designed to empower women and families in violence-torn Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The grants also include 22 that support efforts under United Against Violence, CHI's systemwide campaign to eliminate violence and the negative effect it has on health.

Mission and Ministry Fund grants support innovative projects designed to improve the health of a community, often by serving disadvantaged individuals and populations. Applications may be submitted by CHI’s affiliated facilities, participating congregations and associated organizations. All supported initiatives must meet an identified community need, invite collaboration with community partners and be replicable in other communities.

The 2012 Mission and Ministry Fund grants include:

Project Grants

  • Dominican Sisters of Peace, Columbus, OH
    Shepherd’s Corner Ecological Center, $67,925 over two years
  • Flaget Memorial Hospital, Bardstown, KY
    Bardstown at Home, $77,200 over three years
  • Good Samaritan Hospital, Kearney, NE
    Project Search, $121,442 over three years
  • Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, Cincinnati, OH
    Increasing Healthcare Access Through Volunteers, $200,000 over two years
  • Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA
    Maroons in Health Sciences, $94,802 over three years
  • Mercy Foundation, Roseburg, OR
    Patient Voice, $45,539
  • Saint Francis Medical Center Foundation, Grand Island, NE
    Outreach Education and Screening Project, $113,015 over three years
  • Unity Family Healthcare/St. Gabriel’s Hospital, Little Falls, MN
    Live Better! Live Longer! Start Strong Project, $114,526 over three years

Project Planning Grants

  • Alegent Health, Omaha, NE
    Faith Community Health Home Project, $55,000
  • Mercy Housing Northwest, Seattle, WA
    Affordable Housing and Health Care Integration, $30,000

International Project Grants

  • Dominican Sisters of Peace, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
    Centro Santa Catalina, $57,000 over two years
  • Dominican Sisters of Peace, Columbus, OH
    Jamaican Outreach Collaborative, $84,100 over two years

International Project Planning Grants

  • CHI Colorado Foundation/St. Anthony Health Foundation, Lakewood, CO
    Alma Mater Hospital, Haiti, $95,000
  • KentuckyOne Health, Lexington, KY
    Belize Outreach Program, $45,921

Violence Prevention Start-Up Grants, Year 1

  • Carrington Health Center, Carrington, ND, $11,200
  • Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Little Falls, MN, $23,700
  • Good Samaritan Hospital, Kearney, NE, $56,255
  • Lisbon Area Health Services, Lisbon, ND, $12,600
  • Mercy Hospital, Devils Lake, ND, $8,575
  • Mercy Hospital, Valley City, ND, $16,455
  • Mercy Medical Center, Williston, ND, $9,300
  • Oakes Community Hospital, Oakes, ND, $13,474
  • Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Nazareth, KY, $25,000
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center, Dickinson, ND, $10,500

Violence Prevention Start-Up Grants, Year 2

  • Dominican Sisters of Peace, Columbus, OH, $67,600
  • Memorial Health Care System, Chattanooga, TN, $49,840
  • St. Catherine Hospital, Garden City, KS, $87,590
  • St. Mary’s Foundation, Pierre, SD, $86,672

Violence Prevention Implementation Grants

  • Alegent Health, Omaha, NE, $284,963 over three years
  • Franciscan Foundation, Tacoma, WA, $300,305 over two years
  • LakeWood Health Center, Baudette, MN, $24,600 over three years
  • Mercy Foundation, Roseburg, OR, $110,275
  • Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, IA, $169,073 over three years
  • Saint Francis Medical Center, Grand Island, NE, $230,280 over three years
  • St. Joseph Regional Health Network, Reading, PA, $297,713 over two years 
  • St. Joseph’s Area Health Services, Park Rapids, MN, $115,966 over two years

For more information, contact Diane Jones, vice president, healthy communities.