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 this Council that will oversee the disbursement of the grant dollars.

Grant Guidelines and Process


There will be one grant cycle for the year 2017.

  • Cycle opens March1, 2017 – Applications due Friday, April 28th by 5:00 p.m.
  • Grant Awardees Notified by May 31, 2017 (this can be the official start date for projects).
  • Funds distributed eight (8) weeks post award notification.


During 2017, $282,000 in 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 $50,000. Projects can be one or two years in duration, however the maximum for the entire project is $50,000 regardless of duration.

Potential Projects:

Potential projects will address/serve populations in a manner supportive of the objectives identified in the three priority areas noted below:

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

    Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) – Examples such as exposure to domestic violence, substance abuse, and homelessness which can negatively affect the life-long health and wellness outcomes of all persons. Jackson County residents are adversely affected by substance abuse, poverty and low graduation. 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, and the impacts of homelessness will be considered.

Project Requirements:

Successful applications will:

  • Be submitted from a non-profit organization.
  • Serve the community-at-large with a focus on those living in poverty.
  • Use grant funds for expenses related directly to the project.
  • Demonstrate historical success in providing service or present a promising practice and expertise in project implementation.
  • Demonstrate collaboration through formal organization, community partners, or other formal/informal group.
  • Be for new work or expansion of an existing program if a current JCC partner.
  • Consider this grant as one-time funding for a project or program.
  • Clearly state and describe:
    • Target audience/population served.
    • Problem 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 and how data will be collected to demonstrate direct health outcomes.
    • A plan for sustaining the project/ program if it is intended to continue.
  • Upon award, recipient will work with JCC communications to develop appropriate communications strategy regarding the partnership.
  • Attend meetings with partners and other grantees.
  • Issue a written report documenting the previously described measures of success at six months or halfway through the project timeline.
  • Provide a final written report and possibly oral report articulating/documenting success measures.
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 to download the application as a Microsoft Word document.
Completed applications may be submitted in PDF format to
Please contact Hannah Ancel, Community Engagement Coordinator, for additional information or if you have any questions.

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