SOURCE: Medica

March 02, 2005 11:00 ET

Medica Foundation Announces First 2005 Grant Opportunities, Priorities

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 2, 2005 -- The Medica Foundation is accepting grant applications from now to April 29, 2005, and from qualifying organizations, for four categories of healthcare improvement projects:

1.   Patient Safety: Recipients may receive grants up to $30,000 for
projects to enhance patient safety, break down information barriers in the
health care system and support patient adherence to health care
recommendations. Programs to improve health literacy may be considered as
helping to enhance patient safety.

2.   Health Advocacy: Recipients may receive grants up to $30,000 for
projects to link people to resources for priority needs. Priority will be
given to programs linking people to resources for cancer, disabilities,
learning disorders, chronic disease and behavioral health.

3.   Behavioral Health/Filling the Gaps: Recipients may receive grants up
to $100,000 for projects to develop capabilities or change processes
related to behavioral health care service interventions, accessibility and
sustainability.

4.   Partnership for Prevention: Recipients may receive grants up to
$100,000 for projects to improve utilization and quality of preventive care
for Minnesota Health Care Program (MCHP) enrollees served by Medica State
Public Programs (SPP), including:
--  Well-child screenings
--  Cancer screening
--  Diabetes screening, testing and education
--  Asthma treatment and education
--  Prenatal and postnatal care
--  Screening for sexually transmitted diseases
    
Applications and Eligibility

Application forms and instructions can be downloaded from the Medica Foundation section of www.medica.com. Interested organizations should review the eligibility criteria and program goals before submitting an application.

Only 501(c)(3) organizations and government agencies are eligible to receive funding. To qualify for funding, organizations should operate within Medica's service areas in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and northern Iowa. Applicants interested in funding to support MHCP enrollees must operate in Medica's SPP service area.

The Medica Foundation expects to grant approximately $1.75 million in 2005 and additional funding opportunities will be announced mid-year. In 2004 the Foundation made more than $2 million in grants.

About the Medica Foundation

The Medica Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable grant-making foundation and a sister organization to Medica Health Plans, a Minnesota-based nonprofit HMO. The Foundation generally seeks to fund community-based programs and initiatives that can provide sustainable, measurable improvements in the availability, access and quality of healthcare.

Email: foundation@medica.com; Phone: 952/992-2060

About Medica

Medica (www.medica.com) is Minnesota's largest HMO, largest PPO and leading non-profit and independent provider of health plans. Medica has 1.2 million members and nearly 27,000 providers in a regional health care network service area that is available to 98 percent of Minnesotans and a growing number of adjoining counties in Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota. Medica also offers national network coverage to employers who also have employees outside the Medica regional network.

Medica has the highest accreditation, Excellent, from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA®) for the commercial health plans it provides to Minnesotans and North Dakotans and for Medicaid HMO plans. Medica's vision is to become the community's health plan of choice, trusted for its integrity, respected for its service, and admired for its commitment to innovation and efficiency.

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:

    Greg Bury
    Senior Communications Manager
    Office: 952-992-8437
    Cell: 612-810-4556
    E-mail: greg.bury@medica.com