On an annual basis, Vitalyst Health Foundation undertakes a grant process to catalyze collaborative innovations that impact health and resiliency through transformational systems and policy change.
Innovation Grants Goals:
- Increase community capacity to identify and address issues affecting community health, well-being and access to care.
- Strategically leverage infrastructure, systems design and policies to improve health where we live, learn, work, pray and play.
- Improve the environmental, social, behavioral and health infrastructure conditions that impact determinants of health and enable Arizonans to be healthy and resilient.
- Create a sustainable solution to the problem being addressed that endures after the term of the grant funding.
Medical Assistance Grants
Vitalyst Health Foundation awards grants on a three-year cycle from our Medical Assistance funds, in alignment with the original donors’ wishes and our mission. The Medical Assistance funds are to support direct-service for residents of Maricopa County. Proposals are requested from nonprofits within the direct-service fields of vision and hearing to be funded. Vision grants are funded from 2015-2018, and hearing grants will be funded from 2016-2019. Proposals are then evaluated by diverse community panels and ranked, with the highest-ranked organizations receiving funding.
Vitalyst Health Foundation was created in 1996 by the sale of St. Luke’s Health System. The proceeds from the sale become the foundation’s endowment. A number of direct-service funds for vision and hearing moved from the health system to the foundation as well. Our Medical Assistance grants provide direct support to community partners that, in turn, assist low income (under 150% of Federal Poverty), uninsured (or underinsured) with screening, glasses, low vision devices, and hearing aids.