Community Health Initiative Grant Application
Through a series of public hearings, prioritization meetings and strategy sessions in 2016, the island community developed a Community Health Improvement Plan known as Healthy Nantucket 2020 that identified four key priorities. They are: Behavioral Health, Access to Healthcare, Women’s and Children’s Health, and Access to Housing. Language and translation services were considered as a cross-cutting strategy.
Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s Community Health Initiative is requesting proposals that would accomplish the strategies identified in Health Nantucket 2020 and address these four key priority health needs, and has allocated more than $4 million over the next five years to be distributed through a grant process.
The Community Foundation for Nantucket has been contracted by the Nantucket Cottage Hospital to implement this grant process for the Community Health Initiative. This partnership will help provide experienced grant making knowledge with the one time funding source available, for five years, as part of the new building initiative.
The Community Health Initiative is intended to foster collaborations and innovations among local nonprofits, local community based partners, public health authorities and others in one of the four mentioned sectors to improve the health status of the island and promote social determinants of good health. These funds associated with the initiative are intended to support effective health services and also build sustainable capacity for community health promotion involving broad-based cooperation among public and private sector institutions, organizations, leaders and residents.