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Mercy Care Welcomes Applications for 2023 Mercy C.A.R.E.S. Community Reinvestment Grants
By Alison Bailin - Tuesday Dec 13, 2022
Non-profit organizations working to advance health equity across Arizona are encouraged to apply for a 2023 Mercy C.A.R.E.S. Community Reinvestment Grant. The grants typically range from $20,000 to $500,000 and are awarded to strategic projects, with measurable outcomes, that demonstrate tangible, positive impact to the community and align with one or more of Mercy Care’s community health focus areas.

These health focus areas are:
• Managing Chronic Conditions: programs that implement focused strategies for those at risk of or living with chronic health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
• Supporting Mental Health and Well-Being: programs that promote improved quality of life by focusing on the eight dimensions of wellness, which are: social, environmental, physical, emotional, spiritual, occupational, intellectual, and financial.
• Addressing Housing Security: programs that create a comprehensive system to ensure that homelessness is rare, brief, and a one-time experience.
• Empowering Recovery from Substance Use: programs that increase screening, referral, and treatment opportunities for the three high-impact addictions, which are opioids, tobacco, and alcohol.

Mercy C.A.R.E.S., which stands for Community Action Resources Education and Service, is Mercy Care’s community giving initiative. Through grant funding, sponsorships, volunteer efforts and board participation, Mercy C.A.R.E.S. supports AHCCCS’ Whole Person Care Initiative, which addresses Social Risk Factors to improve health outcomes.

“Mercy Care is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all Arizonans. Through Mercy C.A.R.E.S., we partner with organizations that advance health equity and further our vision that everyone, particularly those who are underserved with complex health needs, deserves to live a healthier life, and achieve their full potential,” says Trisha Stuart, Mercy Care director of community relations. “Since 2016, the Mercy C.A.R.E.S. Community Reinvestment grant program has invested nearly $15 million in local organizations.”

The initial grant window is open through Jan. 20, 2023. To begin the application process for a 2023 Mercy C.A.R.E.S. Community Reinvestment grant, please visit http://www.mercycares4az.org.