The mission of the HMSA Foundation is to extend HMSA's commitment to cost-effective healthcare services, health 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 achieve their best potential by improving access to health care, eliminating barriers to health and health care, creating healthy environments, and supporting personal responsibility.
To that end, grants of up to $100,000 over five years will be awarded in support of projects designed to reduce health disparities between Native Hawaiians and other racial/ethnic groups through school- and community-based projects, as well as healthcare-setting approaches. All projects should promote health and encourage Native Hawaiians to make sustainable healthy choices.
To be eligible, applicants must have 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 Hawaii-based organizations/corporations that can demonstrate their project is for charitable purposes may also be eligible.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the HMSA Foundation website.