Program Areas

Through strategic grant-making and partnerships, the CareSource Foundation is committed to improving the overall health and well-being, both physically and mentally, in communities where CareSource members reside. To do this, the foundation focuses on two key strategies:

  1. Bridging the Gap to Better Care
  2. Building Healthy Communities

We invest in the following priorities:

Priority #1: Support Health Education and Promote Healthy Habits

We seek partners and programs that meaningfully improve the physical and mental health for communities with complex needs. Key initiatives include:

  • Providing health education that promotes individuals making informed decisions about their health and the health of their family.
  • Increasing access to and utilization of health and dental screenings and preventive care by low-income families and marginalized communities.
  • Creating a health ecosystem and community-based delivery of care that provides equitable access to high-quality health care.
  • Innovative programs that reduce the stigma and promote access to mental and behavioral health services for adults and children.
  • Evidence-based interventions and education that help people self-manage chronic diseases, and reduce emergency department use.
  • Supporting older adults’ ability to age in their homes by reducing medical and fall risks, ensuring robust social supports, and access to regular physical activity.
  • Rural TeleHub Behavioral Health Care

    OneFifteen $220,000
    Dayton, Ohio

    The CareSource Foundation has partnered with OneFifteen over three years to develop and build rural telehealth centers that will virtually connect patients to substance use disorder (SUD) clinicians and establish clinical partnerships to deliver comprehensive care. 

    The program aims to increase rural access to evidence-based addiction treatment and specialty providers, and decrease the burden on primary care clinicians. The improved access will allow individuals to enter sustained recovery from their addictions.

  • Growth in Academics through Innovation and Neuroeducation (GAIN) Program

    EVSC Foundation
    Evansville, Indiana

    The CareSource Foundation awarded a grant to Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation for GAIN, an initiative that assists students in the development of behavioral, social, emotional and cognitive self-regulation skills. School staff and teachers will be trained to address student trauma in the city’s most distressed areas. Read more …

To ensure we are learning from our grantmaking and effectively working toward the outcomes in this priority area, we work with grantees to identify indicators that demonstrate progress. Some examples include:

  • Improving body mass index (BMI), blood pressure range (mm Hg), blood sugar levels (mg/dL), and physical activity duration in adults and children.
  • Increasing utilization of mental and behavioral health programs, preventive screenings and well-visits by adults and children.
  • Reducing the use of emergency rooms, smoking, vaping, alcohol, prescriptions, readmissions and overall cost of care.

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Priority #2: Improve Maternal, Infant and Child Health

We seek partners and programs that meaningfully promote healthy births. We work to reduce maternal and infant mortality, and enable vulnerable newborns, children and parents to thrive. Key initiatives include:

  • Increasing access to and utilization of prenatal care earlier in pregnancies, along with postpartum care by low-income and marginalized women and teens.
  • Providing women’s health education and equitable access to women’s health services. This promotes women making informed decisions about their health and the health of their children.
  • Creating a health ecosystem and community-based delivery of care that provides equitable access to high-quality women’s health services.
  • Evidence-based programs that help children meet their development milestones, grow their social-emotional skills and foster positive relationships.
  • Supporting youth development by ensuring children have access to well-visits and immunizations, proper nutrition, regular sleep, and a healthy amount of physical activity.
  • Medically-Tailored Meals Intervention for Pregnant Women with Gestational Diabetes

    Open Hand Atlanta $194,000
    Atlanta, Georgia

    Open Hand Atlanta and the CareSource Foundation partnered to determine if nutrition education and medically-tailored meals and snacks can assist women diagnosed with gestational diabetes (GDM) resulting in a reduction in birth complications as well as the long-term health impacts for both mom and baby. 

    The project will measure health indicators over the four months following a diagnosis through delivery, and follow up through the baby’s first birthday to assess continuation of healthy habits preventing a Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis. 

To ensure we are learning from our grant-making and effectively working toward the outcomes in this priority area, we work with grantees to identify indicators that demonstrate progress. Some examples include:

  • Improving timeliness and utilization of prenatal care, resulting in full-term births, and reducing Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) admissions.
  • Increasing pregnancy spacing, breastfeeding initiation and duration, and immunization rates.
  • Improving body mass index (BMI), blood pressure range (mm Hg), blood sugar levels (mg/dL) and physical activity duration in women and children.
  • Increasing utilization of child well-visits and mental and behavioral health programs by women and children.

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Priority #3: Neighborhood and Downtown Redevelopment

We invest in transformative programs and partnerships that help revive and rebuild healthy, thriving neighborhoods. This helps create economic opportunity for vulnerable populations in the Dayton region. It also promotes access to healthy homes and green spaces in the communities we serve. Key initiatives include:

  • Supporting the economic vitality and diversity of the Dayton-region business community, increasing the availability of living-wage jobs and reducing the racial wealth gap.
  • Encouraging a vibrant Dayton community through arts and culture, ensuring access for all people with disabilities and marginalized communities.
  • Supporting low-income families in the Dayton region to gain access to safe, healthy homes, nutritious food and high-quality health care.
  • Promote the availability of, and access to parks, public green spaces and walking trails that improve physical and mental health for low-income and marginalized communities.
  • Seasonal Safe@Home Program

    Rebuilding Together Dayton $30,000
    Dayton, Ohio

    The CareSource Foundation awarded a grant to Rebuilding Together Dayton in support of their Seasonal Safe@Home Program, which provides repairs and home modifications for senior homeowners to ensure they continue to age in place in a safe environment.

    The program engages volunteers in a targeted HUD Choice area on seasonal-based repairs, homeowner education, neighborhood cleanup, fire safety, falls prevention and much more.

To ensure we are learning from our grant-making and effectively working toward the outcomes in this priority area, we work with grantees to identify ways to demonstrate progress. Some examples include:

  • Increasing community investments (city, county, state and business) in commercial and residential properties, green spaces and walking/bike trails.
  • Reducing exposure to air pollution and lead, improving community health indicators, walkability and life expectancy.

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Priority #4: 21st Century Workforce Development

We invest in effective, inclusive P20 programs and initiatives that prepare and cultivate the next generation of professionals. We promote careers of the future, and we strengthen the capacity and diversity of the health workforce. Key initiatives include:

  • Innovative programs and evidence-based curriculum that promote youth and adult students choosing careers in health care.
  • Ensuring children with complex needs have access to social, mental and behavioral health services that promote student academic success.
  • Supporting student access to necessary pediatric health and dental services that help students show up for class ready to learn.
  • Increasing access to jobs for adults with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities to help them live as independently as possible.
  • Promoting a culturally-competent health care workforce that represents patient diversity and cultural factors that affect their health to reduce health disparities.
  • Neurosequential Model Preschool Program

    Montgomery County Educational Service Center $96,000
    Dayton, Ohio

    The CareSource Foundation selected the Montgomery County Educational Service Center to pilot a state-of-the-art early childhood education program in partnership with Dr. Bruce Perry, the Neurosequential Network, and The Village Network.

    The program includes children in kinship care, foster care or those who were recently adopted who are at risk for social, emotional and behavioral challenges. It aims to build resilience in students and their families. Read more …

  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities Scholars (HBCU) Program

    American Heart Association $375,000
    Cedarville, Ohio

    The CareSource Foundation partnered with the American Heart Association over the next three years to launch its HBCU Scholars program in Ohio in an effort to increase the diversity of the health care workforce. The program includes students from Central State University and Wilberforce University, both HBCUs.

    The program engages minority students over the course of a year, partnering them with a researcher and on-site experiences to ensure students attain a health care career. Read more …

To ensure we are learning from our grant-making and effectively working toward the outcomes in this priority area, we work with grantees to identify ways to demonstrate progress. Some examples include:

  • Increasing availability of health care providers and caregivers, and employment of individuals with disabilities.
  • Reducing student absentee rates and increasing graduation rates.

Access our Foundation Navigateguide for grantees.

Across all four priority focus areas, we give strong consideration to:

  • Organizations and ideas that demonstrate exceptional potential for making a difference in one or more of the Foundation’s four priority areas.
  • Innovative approaches that will contribute valuable examples, information, and knowledge to others working in the field
  • Strong program design with clearly defined outcomes and specific ways to evaluate progress. Please review the descriptions of our priority focus areas before submitting a grant application.

If you are interested in applying for a CareSource Foundation grant, please refer to the How to Apply page.