Valleywise Health Foundation Receives $220,000 Grant from the Mercy C.A.R.E.S. Community Reinvestment Grant Program
By Alison Bailin -
Wednesday Dec 07, 2022
Valleywise Health Foundation, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit supporting Valleywise Health, Arizonaâ€™s public teaching health system, has been awarded $220,000 through the Mercy C.A.R.E.S. Community Reinvestment grant program. The grant will support Cultural Health Navigators at Valleywise Healthâ€™s Refugee Womenâ€™s Health Clinic over a two-year period to help bridge cultural gaps and improve patient outcomes.
Mercy C.A.R.E.S., which stands for Community Action Resources Education and Service, is Mercy Careâ€™s community giving initiative. Through grant funding, sponsorships, volunteer efforts and board participation, Mercy C.A.R.E.S. supports AHCCCSâ€™ Whole Person Care Initiative, which addresses Social Risk Factors to improve health outcomes.
â€œEach Mercy C.A.R.E.S. community reinvestment grant supports organizations that directly address Mercy Careâ€™s key community health focus areas, which are centered on advancing health equity by managing chronic conditions, supporting mental health and well-being, addressing housing security, and empowering recovery from substance use,â€ says Dr. Gagandeep Singh, chief medical officer of Mercy Care. â€œSince 2016, the Mercy C.A.R.E.S. Community Reinvestment grant program has invested nearly $15 million in local organizations.â€
Since its inception in 2008, the Refugee Womenâ€™s Health Clinic has been a medical home to more than 5,000 individual patients from 71 different countries speaking 67 different languages. Cultural Health Navigators are the cornerstone of the programâ€™s success. From assisting refugees with navigating the health system by accompanying them to medical visits, to providing interpretation and transportation services, to providing home visits, Cultural Health Navigators play a critical role in establishing trust and educating families.
â€œSupport for Cultural Health Navigators provided by the Mercy C.A.R.E.S. grant will assist our Refugee Health Services team to provide the culturally sensitive clinical care needed most by families starting a new life,â€ said Valleywise Health chief clinical officer Dr. Michael White. â€œThese Navigators are an invaluable part of our refugee care team, working to reduce health inequities and cultural barriers to care.â€
As one of the top 10 refugee resettlement states in the U.S., Arizona has hosted more than 75,000 refugees since 1975. An average of 4,000 refugees are resettled in Arizona annually.