SOURCE: Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation

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January 20, 2015 12:26 ET

Hillman Foundation Announces Second Round of Innovations in Care Program

Multi-Year Initiative Continues Support for Transformative, Nursing-driven Models of Health Care

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - January 20, 2015) - The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation today 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, 2015. It will hold an informational webinar for those interested in applying to the program on February 17. Brief initial applications will be due on March 16. More information about the program is available on the Foundation's web site at: http://www.rahf.org/grant-programs/hillman-innovations-in-care-program/.

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 is being used to expand a new model that provides integrated health services at local Head Start/Early Start sites. The project is a partnership with AVANCE, a nonprofit that encourages at-risk families to break the cycle of poverty by combining early childhood development and intensive parenting education. Grant funding is enabling 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 served.

The Michigan State University College of Nursing, led by Sandra Spoelstra, PhD, RN. Funding is being used to expand the MiCAPABLE program, which provides team-based home care and home repair services to help older adults stay in their homes and communities. Based on a successful and award-winning program originally launched by Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, the program is being implemented in three of Michigan's 20 Medicaid Waiver sites, which provide services to help 270 nursing home eligible older adults avoid nursing home admissions. The State of Michigan is matching the Innovations in Care grant, providing the team with a total of $1.2 million in funding.

About the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation
The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation mission is to improve the lives of patients and their families through nursing-driven innovation. To this end, the Foundation cultivates nurse leaders, supports nursing research, and disseminates new models of care that are critical to making the U.S. healthcare system more patient-centered, accessible, equitable, and affordable. The Foundation's goal is to leverage the power of nursing's unique knowledge to ensure that the healthcare system can deliver the high-quality care patients need and deserve.

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