(Hyannis, July 23, 2018) Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC) is pleased to release its FY2019 Annual Strategic Grant Request for Proposals (RFP). This RFP is part of an annual competitive grant process focused on addressing the unmet health needs of the residents of Barnstable County. The CCHC Community Benefits annual competitive RFP grants program is open to all non-profit community organizations operating in Barnstable County with programs aligned with CCHC Community Benefits priorities. To qualify, proposals must meet at least one of the following two guidelines: • Address and positively impact chronic disease or infectious disease management to meet the growing needs of an aging and at-risk population and/or • Improve the health and disease prevention of residents of Barnstable County and sustain the wellness of seniors and caregivers. In addition, CCHC encourages applicants to include program strategies that reduce social isolation and/or improve transportation for target populations impacted by the project. Social isolation and transportation are two key social determinants that impact the health and wellness of Barnstable County residents. The CCHC Community Benefits program promotes Cape Cod Healthcare’s mission to coordinate and deliver the highest quality, accessible health services in order to enhance the health of all Cape Cod residents and visitors. In FY2017, CCHC invested more than $25 million in community health initiatives. These initiatives included direct and strategic grant funding to community-based organizations and community health centers, charity care to residents of Barnstable County, hospital-based outreach, education and support programs, workforce development initiatives, regional health and human service partnerships, and employee volunteerism. The FY2019 Annual Strategic Grant RFP will concentrate on chronic and infectious disease management and disease prevention and wellness - two of the four health priorities and goals identified in the 2017-2019 Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Report and Implementation Plan. Grant awards will expand opportunities to reach vulnerable populations, maximize partnership development and support new and existing evidence-based programs to improve the health of Barnstable County residents. “Working collaboratively with our community partners to support our community is extremely important to Cape Cod Healthcare,” said Terri Ahern, CCHC Senior Vice President, Strategy and Government Affairs. “The strategic grants program is a demonstration of that commitment.” Grant proposals must address at least one of the following specific chronic or infectious diseases or disease prevention and wellness priorities, and meet funding guidelines related to vulnerable populations and measurable outcomes. The specific chronic and infectious diseases of significance and growing concern in Barnstable County based on disease incidence, prevalence and mortality include: • Cancer • Cardiovascular disease • Alzheimer’s disease and dementia • Hepatitis C • HIV/AIDS • Tick-borne diseases Disease prevention and wellness priorities identified through self-reported health risk factors, health indicator data and community input in Barnstable County include: • Health screenings • Physical activities and nutrition • Elder health and wellness • Caregiver support The FY2019 Annual Strategic Grants program will award up to $250,000 total with grant awards ranging from $15,000 to $30,000. The deadline for submission of strategic grant proposals is August 31, 2018. Grant selection will be finalized in November 2018 by the CCHC Community Health Committee. The funding period runs from January 1 – September 30, 2019. For more information visit: www.capecodhealth.org/about/caring-for-our-community/ Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 5,300 employees and 790 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare has two acute care hospitals, the Cape’s leading provider of homecare and hospice services (VNA), a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, an assisted living facility, and numerous health programs. For more information, visit Cape Cod Healthcare’s web site at www.capecodhealth.org.