Franciscan Health partners with 57 community health nonprofits

Franciscan Health recently announced $450,000 in funding for community health improvement through its Social Impact Partnership Program (SIPP).

Fifty-seven nonprofit organizations located in the Indiana service areas of Franciscan Health and the southern suburbs of Chicago were selected from applications to receive funding of up to $9,750 per organization.

Hammond/Munster/Dyer area partners are Boys & Girls Club of Greater Northwest Indiana, Girls on The Run of Northwest Indiana, Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana, Hope Christian Church, Housing Opportunities, Indiana Parenting Institute Inc. (IPI ), Indiana Women in Need (IWIN) Foundation, Mental Health of America of Lake County Inc., St. Michael’s Wheelchair Ramp Ministry, The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, The Jennifer S. Fallick Cancer Support Center, Top 20, Inc. and Women’s Care Centre.

SIPP is a community health enrichment program sponsored by Franciscan Health, which establishes and relies on partnerships with not-for-profit health and social service organizations that provide services in at-risk communities served by the health system. The goal is to foster long-term relationships with community providers to better address important health issues in vulnerable populations.

A committee of local Franciscan health care officials selected recipients and amounts of funds. Recipient organizations received funding based on program applications demonstrating their ability to address priority health needs and health equity based on Franciscan’s community health needs assessment process. Priority health issues identified include physical activity and nutrition (including food insecurity); mental well-being; healthy relationships (including pregnancy, parenting and recovery) and housing support.

Recipient organizations will collaborate with Franciscan’s Community Health Improvement team to ensure program effectiveness that meets the partner organization’s stated goals. They must participate in the orientation of the program and will submit progress reports at six-month and one-year intervals. Participation in the reporting process is required for consideration of any future funding or assistance.

Franciscan Health will announce the deadlines for SIPP 2023 applications, examination and awards early next year.

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