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 health as an optimal state of well-being — physical, emotional, and social — and works to help people and communities reach their full potential by supporting efforts to improve access to health care, eliminate barriers to health and health care, foster healthy environments, and encourage personal responsibility related to health.
To that end, grants of up to $100,000 over five years will be awarded to projects designed to reduce health disparities for Native Hawaiians and other racial/ethnic groups in Hawai'i, including 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 wide range of new or existing projects designed to 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 in services or environment that facilitate health improvements (i.e., prevention and management of overweight/obesity through employee-wellness programs, staff education, and appropriate behavioral and/or weight management counseling and follow-up).
To be eligible, applicants must be able to demonstrate 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 able to demonstrate that the project is for charitable purposes may be eligible.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the HMSA Foundation website.