SOURCE: Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation

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January 25, 2016 09:00 ET

Hillman Foundation Announces Third Round of Funding for Innovations in Care Program

Multi-Year Initiative Supports Transformative, Nursing-Driven Models of Health Care

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - January 25, 2016) - The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation has announced the third 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 2016 grant cycle on February 8, and will hold an informational webinar for those interested in applying to the program on February 23. Brief initial applications will be due on March 21. More information about the program is available on the Foundation's web site.

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 in late 2016.

"Over the past two years, we have received nearly 400 applications from across the country and the candidates gets stronger every year," said Ahrin Mishan, Executive Director of the Hillman Foundation. "We look forward to bringing even more new models of care to scale in our third year of funding."

Early winners already in action

The Hillman Innovations in Care Program awarded the first round of grants in November 2014, and the second round in November 2015. Past winners, who are each receiving a $600,000 grant over three years, include:

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio . Funding is being used to expand nurse-provided preventive and primary care services at three Head Start/Early Start sites. Services are now offered to enrolled children, their parents and siblings, more than tripling the number of children and families served.

The Michigan State University College of Nursing . Grant funding is supporting expansion of MiCAPABLE, which provides team-based home care and home repair services to help older adults stay in their homes and communities. The program is being implemented in three Medicaid Waiver sites, which offer services to help 270 nursing home eligible older adults avoid nursing home admissions.

Project Access of Durham County (PADC), North Carolina The grant is supporting growth and development of the Durham Medical Respite Program, a nurse-led, community based initiative which provides safe and supportive respite housing to homeless persons who require a place for healing following discharge from a hospital, behavioral health, or jail setting. 

National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC) Philadelphia Nurse-Family Partnership. Funding is helping to create a community-integrated Public Health Nursing/Legal Partnership (PHNLP), which will serve the health and social needs of low-income mothers and babies in Philadelphia. 


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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