Population Health Initiative.

The RCHN Community Health Foundation is pleased to announce a new grant program in support of population health management. Community health centers, designated look-alikes and primary care associations are eligible to apply for this award. The Foundation expects to fund up to six (6) awards under this program, with an approximate amount of $150,000 per award. The deadline for submissions of Letters of Interest is 5:00 pm eastern time on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Selected applicants will be invited to complete a full proposal. Award announcements are expected to be made in mid-June 2015.


The term “population health” has become prominent in health policy in recent years since its inclusion in The Triple Aim. Population health management is an essential element in two major, closely related areas of health reform: clinical practice transformation and health system transformation, including payment reform. States and the federal government recognize that primary care is the foundation for transformation of both the care delivery system and supportive payment reforms that generate improved quality of care and control costs. Given the current healthcare landscape and the rapid evolution of health reform at the state and national levels, successful health centers will require capacity for strong population health management that is sustainable and improves over time to keep pace with health reforms and pressures from the marketplace.

Request for Letters of Interest

All applications for funding through this program are initiated with the submission of a Letter of Interest (LOI). The Request for Letters of Interest describes the Foundation’s population health grant initiative.   The Foundation seeks to identify and support a representative and committed group of health center and primary care association grantees and partners that are planning or are engaged in local or state initiatives to participate in “health neighborhoods” that address a specified challenge in population health management, such as improving clinical outcomes or addressing specific utilization concerns. We aim to identify and disseminate a spectrum of best practices that may be adapted by most health center organizations to help accelerate health center progress, while building upon past and current initiatives and addressing remaining gaps for health centers at the local and national levels.

About the Foundation

Formed in 2005, the RCHN Community Health Foundation (“RCHN CHF” or the “Foundation”) is a private, not-for-profit foundation established to support community health centers (“CHCs”) through policy research, outreach, education, and strategic investment. RCHN CHF is the only foundation in the U.S. dedicated solely to CHCs – the local, non-profit, community-governed health care providers that offer comprehensive primary and preventive care to underserved populations. RCHN CHF works to address community health centers’ primary challenges and establish opportunities to sustain health centers in the future.

Read the White Paper and complete Request for Letters of Interest

Frequently Asked Questions
Additional FAQs March 3 2015

Additional questions regarding the LOI Request may be posed via email to grants@rchnfoundation.org. In the subject line please include “POP HEALTH LOI QUESTION” and the NAME of your organization. The deadline for all questions about this LOI Request  is Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 12:00 pm (noon) eastern time. Responses to all questions will be posted on this site on or before 6:00 pm eastern time on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

All applications for funding through this program are initiated with the submission of a Letter of Interest (LOI) through the Foundation’s online grants system.

RCHN CHF Online Grants System

Instructions for Online Grants System

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