SIPP aimed at serving at-risk populations


Franciscan Health recently announced $450,000 in funding for community health improvement through its Social Impact Partnership Program. Fifty-seven non-profits located throughout Franciscan Health’s Indiana service regions and south suburban Chicago were selected from applications to receive funding of up to $9,750 per organization.

Partners in Western Indiana are: Caregiver Companion, Community Action Program Inc. of Western Indiana, Food Finders Food Bank, Girls on The Run of Northwest Indiana, GracePoint Resource Center LLC, Lafayette Catholic School System, Lafayette Catholic School System Jr. Sr. High, Lafayette Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. dba Homestead CS, Lafayette Transitional Housing Center, Lafayette Urban Ministry, NAMI West Central Indiana, Pam’s Promise Transitional Housing Corp., The Arts Federation and The Excel Center.

“Our community partners are such an asset to the health and wellbeing of their communities,” said Community Health Improvement Administrative Director Kate Hill-Johnson. “This program honors that and provides additional support that allows them to build capacity and assist even more individuals.”

SIPP is a community health enrichment program sponsored by Franciscan Health, which establishes and builds upon partnerships with non-profit health and human service agencies that provide services in at-risk communities served by the health system. The goal is to foster long-term relationships with community providers to better address significant health issues among vulnerable populations.

A committee comprised of local Franciscan healthcare leadership selected the fund recipients and amounts. The recipient organizations received funding based on program applications demonstrating their ability to address priority health needs and health equity based on Franciscan’s Community Health Needs Assessment process. Identified priority health issues include: 1) physical activity and nutrition (including food insecurity); 2) mental wellness; 3) healthy relationships (including pregnancy, parenting and recovery) and 4) housing support.

Recipient organizations will collaborate with Franciscan’s Community Health Improvement team to ensure program effectiveness that meet the partner organization’s stated goals. They must participate in program orientation and will submit progress reports at six-month and one-year intervals. Participation in the reporting process is required for consideration of any future funding or assistance.

Franciscan Health will announce the benchmark dates for 2023 SIPP applications, review and awards early next year.