Areas of Interest
The Foundation favors projects serving the Kansas City metropolitan area with local focus, presence and leadership. The Foundation's three focus areas are:
- Prevention or early detection of diseases.
- Applicants to this Focus Area should propose projects that utilize prevention and early detection strategies to improve health habits, behaviors and outcomes. Projects should target persons who are poor, uninsured, and/or underinsured and live in the seven-county area served by PHF.
- Improvements in the quality, availability and/or accessibility of health care services.
- Applicants to this Focus Area should propose projects that improve the delivery of affordable, accessible and/or high quality health care. Projects should target persons who are poor, uninsured, and/or underinsured and live in the seven-county area served by PHF.
- NEW IN 2016-2017 GRANT CYCLE: Improvements in conditions that lead to, or outcomes that are the result of, health care disparities affecting men of color, ages 14-44.
- In 2015, the Prime Health Foundation approved the development of a Health Disparities Initiative focused on men of color, ages 14-44. The purpose of the Health Disparities Initiative is to expand the number of projects in the Kansas City metro area designed to reduce health disparities among racially and ethnically diverse males. Applicants to this Focus Area should propose projects that target the social, economic, and/or environmental factors that shape the health of men of color, ages 14-44. These include factors such as structural racism, employment, education, housing, and neighborhood conditions (for more information, see Wellever, Social Determinants of Health). Projects should employ, or contribute to, evidence-based and culturally and linguistically appropriate strategies to improve health outcomes for men of color.
Priority consideration will be given to projects that:
- Serve all or part of the seven county bi-state area. Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass counties in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte in Kansas (as stated previously, this is a requirement for funding.)
- Address a critical need in the community
- Develop or test an innovative approach to service delivery
- Offer the potential of sustainable solutions
- Operate under clearly articulated objectives and with measurable outcomes
- Demonstrate culturally responsive practices
- Collaborate with other community agencies (financial and programmatic)
- Are locally governed, operated, funded