Community Impact Grant Program

Throughout our nation we are faced with many health inequities. Health outcomes for people living in vulnerable communities, and already disproportionately impacted by social determinants of health (SDOH), are at an even greater health risk. SDOH are the economic and social conditions that influence individual and group differences in health status. Medline is committed to social determinants of health and through the Community Impact Grant Program we can promote good health for all people.­ ­

Medline is investing resources to help non-profit organizations address prevalent health challenges, stimulate health equity and improve population health in under resourced areas. We award results-focused grants that offer community- centered solutions and immediate impact. Through collaboration with community experts, we can provide essential resources, re-direct adverse outcomes and improve the well-being of people. This is, and always will be, our ongoing commitment to communities.

Here is a look at the 2021 Community Impact Grant recipients

Economic Stability

Healthy Mothers, Health Babies Coalitions of Georgia, GA

HMHBGA mission is to improve maternal and infant health in Georgia through advocacy, education, and access to vital resources. Georgia ranks 45th for prematurity, 44th for infant mortality, and 48th for maternal mortality. HMHBGA’s programming serves low-income women who are at higher risk for poor birth and postpartum outcomes.

The grant will help establish the Domestic Violence Survivors program to help pregnant and postpartum victims of intimate partner violence transition to a safer situation while also maintaining their autonomy and dignity, and provide financial support for any priority needs they currently are experiencing through the creation of a Survivors Support Fund.

Education

Mothers Trust Foundation, CA

Mothers Trust Foundation (MTF) provides immediate assistance during times of crisis to low-income children and families living in Lake County, IL. They provide funding and collaborate when needs cannot be fully met by other funding sources. The need for the services MTF provides has never been greater, especially given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Employment interruption continues to be a longer-term issue for many families, causing housing instability and difficulty obtaining basic needs.

Funds will be used to assist low-income families experiencing financial insecurity and instability. Staff will work to assure the assistance provided will meet a critical need, have a significant impact and is a direct investment in improving the circumstance of the child.  Assistance will address basic needs including economic relief to prevent homelessness, and medical and educational resources to help children reach their full potential.

Health and Health Care

Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities, GA

The Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC) nurtures the health and well-being of children and families that require pediatric life-saving, quality healthcare. When care is not available near their home, uncertainties around accommodation, transportation, and expenses can become sources of extreme emotional and financial stress, and some families may avoid or delay treatment. The organization provides temporary housing and support services for out of state families of seriously ill and injured children being treated at local Atlanta hospitals.

Funding will be applied to three core programs including two Ronald McDonald Houses, a Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, and a Ronald McDonald Family Room.  These programs work to reduce barriers to healthcare access that is especially critical for children with chronic health conditions. This type of family-centered care is critical and leads to better outcomes for the family and their child.

Equal Hope, IL

Equal Hope outreaches to low income women and women of color in areas with high breast and cervical cancer mortality.  These areas tend to be Lake and Cook counties poorest areas and areas with few preventive health services programs.

Funding will allow Equal Hope to expand their breast cancer and population health work in Lake County to better address the unmet needs of uninsured, underinsured and publicly insured adults. In this time of COVID 19, where direct outreach is challenged by the needs for social distancing, funding will be used to develop an array of online social media and virtual events along with other means of reaching out to our target audience to engage medically underserved people living in vulnerable communities in Lake County.

Michelle’s Place, CA

Michelle’s Place provides free resources to women and their families who are high risk of breast cancer, those going through breast cancer and the underserved and uninsured women in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

The grant will be used to seek high risk, underserved and uninsured women and educate them on early detection of breast cancer as well as provide access to free annual screenings and breast health services. Michelle’s Place will also provide free resources to women who have breast cancer including wigs, prosthesis, hats, scarves, lymphedema garments, financial assistance and free transportation to medical appointments.   Michelle’s Place also has five Patient Navigators who will provide one on one support to answer questions, provide comfort and connect them with resources.

Riverview Center, IL

Riverview Center envisions a world free of sexual and domestic violence by providing access to inclusive services and actively working to end oppression through social change and justice. The organization provides free and confidential services to survivors of sexual violence and survivors of sexual and domestic violence, and provides a comprehensive outreach and prevention program to eliminate sexual and domestic violence.

Funds will be used to support free and confidential holistic services for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence including a crisis hotline,
legal, medical and social service advocacy, trauma-focused therapy and counseling, professional trainings/systems advocacy and violence prevention education and awareness.

Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center, IL

According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), someone in the United States is sexually assaulted every 68 seconds and every 9 minutes that victim is a child. Victims of sexual assault face higher risks of depression, substance abuse, eating and sleep disorders, and more. The Zacharias Center is the only sexual abuse center operating in two counties and they work to help thousands of children in Lake County and Northern Cook County.

A grant from Medline will allow the Zacharias Center to increase its services including counseling, community education for survivors of sexual abuse and victim awareness, and client advocacy. ZCenter staff and counselors will work to alleviate the trauma of child survivors of sexual assault and abuse and to prevent them from being re-traumatized as they heal. Further, they will help adult survivors find appropriate ways to work through their trauma and healthy strategies to address the after-effects of abuse.

Social and Community

A Safe Place, IL

A Safe Place provides services to victims of domestic abuse, and their families, and is the sole provider, exclusively addressing domestic violence and human trafficking, in Lake County, Illinois.  Over the past 15 months, A Safe Place has served more people on any given day than in the organization’s 43-year history. Staff have also seen an increase in need to check in with clients more frequently to help them navigate the pandemic and the effect of abuse at the same time. The organization does not see an end to the spike yet.

Funds will provide direct services for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking and their minor children. Given their continuum of care approach addressing the social determinants of health, the majority of the clients use more than one service including 24-hour crisis line, crisis intervention, counseling, courthouse advocacy, emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing plus food, clothing, other basic needs, and more. Funds will ensure that victims of domestic violence and/or human trafficking, whose lives are in danger, receive all of the services they need to be able to rebuild their lives.

CASA Lake County, IL

CASA Lake County promotes and protects the best interests of children who have been abused, or neglected by assigned them a court appointed special advocate. The organization trains volunteers to become CASAs to help advocate for the children in courts, in schools, and in the community and help them find safe, permanent, and loving homes. The majority of children they serve live in North Chicago, Waukegan, and Zion where the combined poverty rate (2015-2019, U.S. Census Bureau) is 65-80% higher than state and national poverty rates, and an astonishing 164% higher compared to all of Lake County.

The grant will be applied to key programs to help improve outcomes for the children including volunteer avocation; train, supervise, and support all CASAs; provide ongoing continuing education; ensure children assigned to a CASA are safe, with less than 5% experiencing repeat abuse or neglect; and close 90% of cases so children achieve permanency as expeditiously as possible.

Gilda’s Club Chicago, IL

While the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated implementation of online service delivery for Gilda’s Club Chicago (GCC), it also underscored both the healthcare inequities present in many Chicago communities, and the potential that online programming holds to increase GCC’s reach into these under-resourced areas and the wider Chicago area. Chicago Health Department data shows that 48% of African Americans and 46% of Latinos live in city neighborhoods characterized as high under a hardship index of factors directly related to poor health outcomes, including unemployment, high poverty, and lack of access to medical care (Healthy Chicago 2.0). The American Cancer Society has reported that in such under-resourced communities, residents are more likely to develop cancer, are often diagnosed at a later stage, and consequently have a higher mortality rate. Making GCC’s support services easily accessible addresses these existing disparities in cancer support services, experienced almost exclusively by communities of color.

The grant will build on and enhance the new hybrid model of program delivery, designed to meet the needs of GCC’s diverse community of cancer patients and their families.  It is designed to pair with community outreach efforts that includes core components of GCC’s existing program plus new activities to meet the changing needs of those living with cancer such as one-on-one counseling, nutrition education, and survivorship programs.

Northern Illinois Food Bank, IL

One in twelve residents and one in ten children in our 13 county service area are food-insecure (Feeding America, Map the Meal Gap, March 2021), a 21% increase over the pre-COVID number. Individuals and families experiencing food insecurity are disproportionately affected by diet-related disease. Lack of food, or consuming foods with low nutritional value, can lead to negative short and long-term impact on health.

Funding will to continue support of the Screen and Intervene Program addressing access to nutritious food for patients identified as food-insecure by healthcare staff. Many food-insecure patients are suffering from or at risk of chronic diseases that can be avoided or managed with access to nutritious foods including protein, fresh produce and dairy.

Womens Center Youth and Family Services, CA

When victims of homelessness, domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking seek support from the Womens Center Youth and Family Services, they arrive, often with their children in tow, feeling hopeless and broken. WCYFS’ programs meet a unique and critical need and support some of the most vulnerable populations to heal trauma, empower self-sustainability including productivity and responsibility, and ultimately end the generational cycle of violence. Their programs serve people of all ages and backgrounds and reach out to underserved populations who may face socioeconomic, cultural and linguistic barriers to obtaining services.

Funding will help provide shelter and support services to at least 25 homeless/runaway youth and/or victims of domestic violence during the grant period. WCYFS’ comprehensive shelters and services facilitate healing, prevent re-traumatization and recidivism and decrease – with a goal of eliminating – the generational impact of violence and homelessness.

South Texas Food Bank, TX

The South Texas Food Bank works to alleviate hunger in South Texas by collecting and distributing food through direct service and partner agencies while creating awareness and educating the community on the realities of hunger. As children return to in-person learning, the possibility of children being in contact with another child or staff member infected with COVID-19 increases substantially.

Funds will help establish a new program in Kinney County Texas to serve 150 families with school-aged children between the ages of 0-11, with the intended purpose of providing a monthly supplemental distribution of foods scientifically proven to sustain a healthy immune system. The goal of this distribution is to strengthen the immune systems of children up to the age of 11, which are one of the most vulnerable populations due to the inability to currently be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Midhudson Chocolate Milk, NY

Midhudson Chocolate Milk focuses on the evolution of health disparities within maternal mental health. According to the CDC (2017), 80% of parents desire to engage in lactation when their child is born however, less than 40% are exclusively providing the child milk they have produced at 3 months. Lactation can help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer and begins the conversation regarding self-exams and proactive screening.

Funds will help expand and formalize the #LactPact initiative by providing scholarship opportunities for lactation consultant training and certification for breastfeeding specialists. Certified specialists will assist families to help reduce maternal mortality and postpartum depression among expectant parents between the ages of 14-48 in Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster counties, historically neglected areas. With breast cancer disproportionately affecting the Black community, the organization is committed to provide these resources and services to reduce a variety of health disparities in the community.

To learn more about past recipients, click here.

Individual grants are capped at $25,000.

Eligibility: Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Must be based in the U.S. and its territories. To be considered, applications must be completed in full and submitted online. Submitting an application does not guarantee funding. Healthcare providers are not eligible to apply for this grant opportunity.

NOTE: Eligible organizations must be non-profit and provide 501(C)3 documentation and documentation of current tax-exempt status under the IRS code, including an IRS letter of determination; must be based in the United States and its territories. Healthcare providers, or any organization that provides medical treatment, care and service to patients, are not eligible. Applications must be completed in full and submitted on a designated portal during the application cycle. Applications submitted outside of the application cycle will not be considered. Submitting an online application does not guarantee funding.