Community Benefit Awards

Emerson Hospital is committed to collaborating with our community partners to improve the health status of all those it serves, address root causes of health disparities, and educate the community in prevention and self-care strategies. To this end, we have created the Emerson Hospital Community Benefit Awards Program, which will distribute up to $50,000 annually to non-profit organizations and/or public entities to support initiatives aimed at improving the health of our communities. Please note that this opportunity replaces our previous sponsorship process.
 
Eligible groups include, but are not limited to, service providers, health and community-based organizations and coalitions, municipalities, schools, and communities of faith. Awards of up to $5,000 will be awarded to selected agencies serving communities within the designated service area (see Appendix A) and meeting the defined Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) 2018 priority focus areas. The Emerson Hospital Award Review Committee will take all requests into consideration and will award applicants based on need and alignment with priorities.
 
We are currently taking applications for awards focused on 2020 initiatives (click the link to download the Word document). Proposals must be emailed to Emerson Hospital by Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at 5 p.m. Awards will be announced by December 19, 2019.
 

PRIORITY FOCUS AREAS

 
At-Risk Adolescents
The top issues identified in the Emerson Hospital 2018 Youth Risk Behavior Survey include stress mostly due to school work, the increase in vaping, mental health, and risk of suicide. At-risk adolescents are those with many risk factors in common, such as lack of sleep, poor grades, bullying, sexual or physical violence as well as drug and tobacco use. There is a need for more outreach programs and increased staff training on mental health issues.
 
Engaging the schools, parents, community and medical staff is important for improving the health of youth in the Emerson service area. A concerted effort by parents, schools, and the community is needed to support “at-risk” children. “At-risk” adolescents are still young enough to be taught different ways of coping and behaving. It is also of the utmost importance that these adolescents have properly trained therapists in the schools and in the community. Currently, there is a lack of outpatient mental health services and, for those services that do exist, the cost is a chief deterrent for many families.
 
The Growing Aging Population
As of 2018, there are approximately 37,000 people in the Emerson service area above the age of 65. This cohort of individuals is expected to increase by 25 percent over the next five years, making it the fastest growing population in our service area. With a rapidly increasing elderly population comes a number of other issues. Transportation, housing, mental health care, and caregiver stress were the top issues revealed in the 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment. As individuals age and this population grows, there are more caregivers that require support and resources.
 
Cancer
Cancer is the leading cause of death in the Emerson Hospital service area. Breast and prostate cancer are the two most common cancers in the area, followed by lung, colorectal, melanoma and lymphoma. More people in the service area died of lung cancer than any other type of cancer as it is one of the hardest cancers to cure overall. Resources and services to support patients and families continue to be a growing need in our service area.
 
Mental Health and Domestic Violence
Both mental health and domestic violence are growing health and social needs within the Emerson Hospital service area. Approximately 15 percent of residents within the service area reported 15 or more days of suffering from poor mental health — an increase from our 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment. Throughout the service area, there is a lack of outpatient mental health treatment providers, especially geriatric psychiatrists in general although the need for them is great.
 
The issue of domestic violence is also a concern in our service area. A need exists for better outreach efforts from doctors, nurses, and police officers. Additionally, a new sect of domestic violence is emerging coined as “financial violence” in which one party in a relationship holds all the power over the other financially. All the property and all the bank accounts the couples have is in the abusive partner’s name and, therefore, if the other partner tries to leave he/she is left with absolutely nothing. This is especially an issue in high socio-economic status areas, such as the Emerson Hospital service area.
 

IMPORTANT DATES

  • November 26, 2019 — Proposals must be emailed to Emerson Community Benefits and Events Coordinator Kelsey Magnuson (kmagnuson@emersonhosop.org)
  • December 19, 2019 — Awards announced
  • January 1, 2020 — Project start up and recipients awarded
  • December 15, 2020 — Final report due with summary and evaluation

ELIGIBILITY

 
  • Applicant must serve people in one or more of the Emerson Hospital communities (See Appendix A).
  • Applicant must be a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) under the IRS code or a public entity. If applicant is not a 501(c)(3), they must have a fiscal agent who is a 501(c)(3) or partner with an agency with an IRS designation as a 501(c)(3), a Section 170, or other IRS non-profit designation.
  • Project must address at least one of Emerson Hospital’s priority focus areas.
  • Project addresses a Determination of Need Health Priority (See Appendix B).
  • Collaboration among two or more partners is highly encouraged (not a requirement).

DOCUMENTS

 

Click here for the current application.Please download this PDF file and use the "fill & sign" feature to fill out the application. Attach a separate Word document with answers to the narrative portion of the application.
Click here for application appendices. [PDF]
Click here for a guide to filling out the application. [PDF]