The mission of the HMSA Foundation is to extend HMSA's commitment to providing access to cost-effective healthcare services; health promotion, education, and research; and the promotion of social welfare. The foundation looks at health in the broadest sense, thinking of it as an optimal state of well-being — physical, emotional, and social. In addition, the foundation helps people and communities reach their best potential by improving access to health care, eliminating barriers to health and health care, creating healthy environments, and supporting personal responsibility for health.
To those ends, grants of up to $100,000 over five years will be awarded to projects designed to reduce health disparities affecting Native Hawaiians in Hawai'i through school-based projects, community-based projects, and healthcare-setting approaches. All projects should promote health and encourage Native Hawaiians to make sustainable, healthy choices.
1) School-based projects: This focus area will support a range of new or enhanced projects designed to create, test, or enhance programs that encourage physical activity and/or healthy eating (i.e., health education curricula and sports and physical education programs).
2) Community-based projects: Community-based projects should focus on improving or creating policies that promote physical activity and/or healthy eating (i.e., access to healthy foods and safe opportunities for physical activities).
3) Healthcare-setting approaches: Projects in this area should focus on cultural, social, or physical changes that facilitate health improvements (i.e., the prevention and management of overweight and obesity, employee wellness programs, staff education, and appropriate behavioral and/or weight management counseling and follow-up).
To be eligible, applicants must be tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code or be recognized as an instrument of state or local government. Other Hawai'i-based organizations/corporations that can demonstrate that their project is for charitable purposes also may be eligible.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the HMSA Foundation website.