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Supporting School-Based Healthcare in Appalachian Ohio

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO), in partnership and collaboration with UnitedHealthcare (UHC), hosted a virtual panel on October 28, 2021, highlighting needs related to school-based healthcare in Appalachian Ohio while learning from regional stakeholders about community-based solutions to demonstrated health needs. In addition to sharing regional data highlighting specific healthcare needs related to school-based and community-based healthcare, the panel highlighted potential interventions to address data-driven regional needs based on UHC population health insights. You can view the recorded webinar here.

Informed by the data shared during the virtual panel and highlighting the interventions surfaced by panel participants and attendees, FAO, in partnership and collaboration with UHC, is pleased to launch a grant opportunity through FAO’s Health & Human Services Pillar of Prosperity and its I’m A Child of Appalachia® Fund investment strategy. This funding opportunity was announced during the virtual panel for participants and applications should be informed by the data shared.

A summary of the data shared during the webinar is available here. To view the presentation shared during the webinar, please click here.


The FAO/UHC Health & Human Services Pillar of Prosperity grant opportunity will focus on the following areas of investment related to school-based healthcare:

  1. Collaboration
  2. Implementation

Requests tied to collaboration will leverage population health data from a variety of local sources and experts in partnership with the UHC population health team to:

  • discuss and analyze the data presented, and
  • identify potential next steps to address that data.

This local collaboration will share population health data with community stakeholders, leading to the future development of small-scale interventions focused on addressing health disparities.

Requests tied to implementation will address the connections needed between formal and informal health system partners to implement school-based healthcare interventions in local communities. Implementation requests are encouraged to advance strategies that address health trends highlighted in the UHC data from the virtual panel as well as downstream causes, including:

  • Services to children interacting with the foster care system;
  • Access to dental care;
  • Health professional shortage areas in the region;
  • Food insecurity and its effect on overall health;
  • Childhood obesity;
  • Behavioral health;
  • Childhood immunizations;
  • Teen pregnancy and neonatal abstinence syndrome; and
  • Others as relevant based on the data highlighted.

Implementation projects may also focus specifically on how to address barriers to addressing the highlighted healthcare trends through school-based healthcare.

Up to $50,000 will be available to support collaboration and implementation activities related to school- and community-based healthcare. Requests can be between $5,000 and $15,000, though requests of up to $20,000 will be considered. Nonprofit and public organizations, including school districts, providing services in the 32 Appalachian Ohio counties are eligible to apply. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, December 10, 2021 by 11:59 pm.

Requests will be evidence-based and data-driven based on the regional data presented by UHC and will implement interventions aimed to address and shift health outcomes highlighted through the data presented in the virtual panels. Requests will also be evaluated on collaboration with other partners as well as how the project might engage youth as leaders in the proposed project.

To access the application for this grant opportunity, please click here.

For questions or to learn more about this grant opportunity through the Health & Human Services Pillar of Prosperity and the I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund, please call 740.753.1111 or contact Kelly Morman.


Friday, October 29, 2021: Applications available
Friday, December 10, 2021: Applications close

Grant review will take place in January, 2022. Awardees will be publicly announced by Tuesday, February 15, 2022.

Organizations have twelve months to implement their funded projects with a final report detailing project impact and expenditures. Final grant reports for funded projects will be due February, 2023.