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Background

Palliative care is deeply personal and fundamentally rooted in respect for human life.  Cambia Health Foundation is committed to improving access to high-quality palliative care across our region, and seeks to expand access in rural communities throughout Oregon, Washington, Utah and Idaho.  The Foundation seeks strategic partnerships that will advance patient-centered, effective palliative care that improves quality of life by addressing the physical, intellectual, emotional, cultural and spiritual needs of patients and their families.

Focus Areas

The foundation’s three key regional funding priorities are based on recommendations from a regional report commissioned by the Foundation and conducted by The Center to Advance Palliative Care that was completed in 2014 (report link coming soon!):
 

Increase access to community-based palliative care across our region. Promote innovative strategies to deliver palliative care in outpatient and all other community settings, especially in rural areas.

Improve the quality of palliative care through workforce development. Promote “generalist education” by scaling existing evidence-based programs across our region.

Promote patients’ and families’ understanding of palliative care to drive demand and create awareness.

 
Guidelines and Criteria

This information is intended to provide a framework for the strategies and priorities in the Sojourns regional grants funding track. Grant request amounts vary based on specific areas of focus.  Request amounts should be reflective of the size and scope of both the project and the organization. In order to be competitive in the application process, all projects should include:
 

  • Support from the organization’s leadership.
  • Alignment between the organization’s core mission and the proposed project.
  • Well-defined project goals and measurable objectives.
  • An evaluation plan that includes measurement tools and techniques.
  • A plan to communicate outcomes and lessons learned to appropriate audiences.
  • Diverse or potentially diverse funding sources and sustainability plans.


Specific Project Requirements for Community-based palliative care grants:

A Request for Proposals (RFP) including project requirements and details will be posted when the program launches in 2016.

We are currently accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) to explore regional opportunities.

Potential applicants are highly encouraged to contact foundation staff to help determine if there is a potential fit with the foundation's strategies and priorities. Please visit the contact page to connect with Foundation Staff.

Specific Project Requirements for generalist education grants:

A Request for Proposals (RFP) including project requirements and details will be posted when the program launches in 2016. 

We are currently accepting LOIs to explore regional opportunities and seek projects that include the following: 
  • Evidence-based generalist education model or curriculum.
  • Evidence of impact: documented through quantitative outcomes study (evaluation) -- 3rd party preferred but is not required.
  • Readiness to scale: demonstrated by strategic document that details growth goals, implementation strategy, financial projections, etc. 
  • Demonstrated ability to scale: evidenced by initial success or growing impact (e.g. successful replication of programs, consistency in results across sites, widespread adoption of model, etc.)

Potential applicants are highly encouraged to contact foundation staff to help determine if there is a potential fit with the foundation's strategies and priorities. Please visit the contact page to connect with Foundation Staff.

Eligibility

  • Applicant organizations must be a nonprofit (501c3) or public entity and located in the four state region (Idaho, Utah, Washington or Oregon). National organizations are eligible to apply for regional grant opportunities, but the project intent must be focused on one or more of the four states within the foundation’s region.
  • Non-profit hospitals and other community-based healthcare organizations are eligible.

How to Apply

Please visit our grant application center.
 

National Sojourns Scholars Awards

The Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program is an initiative designed to identify, cultivate and advance the next generation of palliative care leaders. The program seeks to support outstanding nurse and physician emerging leaders by investing in their professional development. To learn about our national annual awards program please visit the Sojourns Awards Program page.

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