Community Health Improvement Plan Grant

Jackson Care Connect Empowers People and Systems to Improve the Health of Our Community.

The health and well-being of our community is of primary concern for Jackson Care Connect (JCC). In an effort to improve the lives of those we serve and to build the health of the community at large, we conducted a Community Health Assessment and created a Community Health Improvement Plan in 2014.

A Community Health Improvement plan, or CHIP, is a process and document that outlines strategies to support improved health of individuals and the community. The CHIP outlines prioritized health issues and ways to address them locally. One of the strategic goals to address the priority areas of Healthy Beginnings, Healthy Living and Health Equity is to support the community partners who are doing service work in our community.

As a non-profit, community-focused health plan we are committed to investing in the community’s health. JCC is overseen by a local Board of Directors and informed by a Community Advisory Council. It is the Council that will oversee the disbursement of the grant dollars.

Grant Guidelines and Process


There will be one grant cycle in 2018

  • Cycle opens March 15, 2018. Applications are due Friday, April 27 by 5:00 p.m.
  • Grant Awardees will be notified by June 1, 2018 (this can be the official start date for projects).


During 2018, grant funds will be distributed in one cycle. All awards will be considered one-time grant dollars and are not intended for long-term programmatic support.

Each grant application can request up to $35,000. Projects can be one or two years in duration, however the maximum for the entire project is $35,000, regardless of duration.

Potential Projects:

  1. Healthy Beginnings: Efforts to improve the health of children, adolescents and young adults from ages 0-24.

    Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) – exposure to experiences such as domestic violence, substance abuse and homelessness can negatively affect the lifelong health and wellness outcomes of all persons. Jackson County residents are adversely affected by substance abuse, poverty and low graduation rates. Projects supporting individuals in educational attainment, opportunities for safe and therapeutic social and recreational activities and other services contributing to the well-being of Jackson County youth will be considered.

  2. Healthy Living: Efforts to promote healthy living and improve health outcomes.

    Jackson Care Connect defines healthy living as participation in behaviors that improve overall health over the lifespan of an individual. Healthy Living addresses the full spectrum of physical, mental and social well-being. Projects supporting individuals in achieving emotional, physical and social well-being will be considered.

  3. Health Equity: Increase awareness of health equity issues in Southern Oregon and support efforts to address these issues.

    Health Equity is a primary concern for Jackson Care Connect. Health disparities are influenced by factors such as place, race, ethnicity and socioeconomic barriers. In Jackson County, 15.8% of residents live in poverty, with one in four children experiencing poverty and significant challenges to their overall health and long-term development. Projects that address issues of race, ethnicity, trauma, physical disabilities, poverty, rural access and the impacts of homelessness will be considered.

In addition to three CHIP areas mentioned above, in 2018 JCC is interested in aligning quality improvement efforts with community partners. In this grant cycle, it is recommended that applicants identify areas of quality improvement that they may be able to address for their populations served. Quality improvement areas can include effective contraceptive use, oral health assessments for kids, lifestyle patterns for young kids, tobacco cessation and access to a primary care doctor. Projects funded with these quality improvement efforts will work with Jackson Care Connect staff to align outcomes.

Projects submitted are not required to address a quality improvement effort to be funded.

Project Requirements

Successful applicants must:

  • Submit applications by 5:00 p.m. on April 27, 2018.
  • Be a non-profit or governmental organization that serves Jackson County, with proof of non-profit status.
  • Use grant funds for expenses related directly to the project.
  • Be open to host a possible site visit from Jackson Care Connect staff and Community Advisory Council (CAC) members, or to provide a presentation to JCC during grant review process. If site visit or presentation does occur, a board member must be present.

In your applications please clearly state:

  • Description of your organization including current services and expertise in project implementation.
  • Description of project that you are requesting funding for:
    • Target audience/population served.
    • Need the project is trying to address.
    • Project timeline.
    • How dollars will contribute to the overarching goals and how these funds will be used.
    • Measures of success: how data will be collected to demonstrate direct program impact, and plans for evaluation.
    • A plan for sustaining the project/program if it is intended to continue
  • Specifically describe if this is a new program or of this is an expansion of services.

    (Emphasis for project funding will be for new projects, but expansion of services will still be considered. If the program is an expansion, it must strongly demonstrate that it is serving a new population or geographic area).

  • Describe community served, and how the project impacts those living in poverty.
  • Demonstrate the ability to successfully collaborate with partnering organizations.

Upon Award:

  • Upon award, recipient will work with JCC communications to develop appropriate communications strategy regarding the partnership.
  • Attend meetings with partner and other grantees.
  • Issue a written report documenting the previously described measures of success at the six-month point, or halfway through the project timeline.
  • Provide a final written report and possibly oral report articulating/documenting success measures.
  • Help Jackson Care Connect identify members for our Community Advisory Council.
  • Collaborate with Jackson Care Connect on outreach opportunities.

Jackson Care Connect may ask for additional information, make suggestions and/or ask to negotiate the project goals.


Click here to download the application as a PDF
Click here if you would prefer to fill out a Word Doc
Click here to download an Excel budget template to include with your application

Full applications must be submitted in PDF format to

Please contact Nancy McKinnis, Community Engagement Coordinator, for additional information or if you have any questions.

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