SAN FRANCISCO, April 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Saint Francis Foundation today announced that the Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership has been awarded funding from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) to support promising, community-based work on health improvement as part of the SCALE (Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation) initiative.
Made possible by a $4.8 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and led by IHI, Community Solutions, Communities Joined in Action, and the Collaborative Health Network, SCALE helps communities further their capability to improve the health of targeted populations and develop ways to share and spread community-driven approaches across the country.
Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership (Tenderloin HIP) was one of 24 awardees nationwide to receive a SCALE grant. The $60,000 award will support Tenderloin HIP's focus on improving the health, safety and well-being of residents of the Tenderloin, one of the San Francisco's most diverse neighborhoods.
"A SCALE grant is a prestigious honor from some of the nation's most well-respected organizations dedicated to community health," said Kevin Causey, President of the Saint Francis Foundation and head of Tenderloin HIP. "This recognition is another important validation of the collaborative work being done with our partners through Tenderloin HIP, and will build on our momentum."
Launched by the Saint Francis Foundation and Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, Tenderloin HIP is a public-private initiative based on public health and collective impact methodologies. For 2015, the Foundation has committed more than $750,000 to support high-impact projects that require additional resources and coordination across multiple nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Among the recent initiatives led by Tenderloin HIP are the programming in the newly reopened Boeddeker Park and the expansion of the Safe Passage initiative for children and adults.
SCALE communities will seek to accelerate improved health outcomes, spread effective best practices as quickly as possible, and become beacons and resources for any community, anywhere, striving to obtain the best health possible – especially those communities most vulnerable to poor health due to poverty, violence, or lack of social supports. SCALE marks the first community-based program of the global initiative 100 Million Healthier Lives, led by IHI and 140 founding partners, that seeks to achieve a goal of 100 million people living healthier lives by 2020.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is a leading innovator in health and health care improvement worldwide. For more than 40 years, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care and to build a culture of health enabling longer and healthier lives. The Community Solutions is a registered 501(c)(3) organization that helps communities solve the complex problems facing their most vulnerable, hard hit members. Communities Joined in Action (CJA) is a private, non-profit membership organization of nearly 200 community health collaboratives, each committed to improving health, improving access, and eliminating disparities in their communities. Collaborative Health Network is a vibrant network that connects diverse stakeholders and trusted groups who are working to improve community health and healthcare, especially those taking a multi-sector, collaborative approach.
About Tenderloin HIP The Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership (Tenderloin HIP) is a public-private initiative, grounded in public health and collective impact methodologies, directed and sponsored by the Saint Francis Foundation and Saint Francis Memorial Hospital. Tenderloin HIP is committed to improving community health, safety and well-being of the more than 33,000 individuals and families who live in this 40-square block area. For information, contact Jennifer Kiss, Director, Tenderloin HIP, at [email protected].