HSSA Announces $350,000 2018 "Access to Care" Grant Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 21, 2017

Contact:

Nancy Isserlis Susan Ashe

HSSA Board Chair HSSA Executive Director

nli@winstoncashatt.com susan@hssaspokane.org

509.838.6131 509.474.0798

HSSA Announces $350,000 2018 “Access to Care”

Grant Competition

SPOKANE, WA – The Health Sciences & Services Authority (HSSA) of Spokane County announced that its annual “Access to Care” grant competition to non-profit and other organizations is now open. This grant seeks applicants who provide innovative health service delivery and increased access to health care to at risk populations.

The HSSA RFP #13 2018 – Access to Care grant will award up to $350,000 for one or more grants that durably increase the efficiency of health service delivery and increases access to health care for at risk populations in Spokane County.

“HSSA’s mission includes increasing access to health care through innovative and collaborative health care delivery in Spokane County, as well as to improve the capacity of the Spokane region to contribute to advances in health sciences research,” said Nancy L. Isserlis, HSSA Board Chair.

Here are key dates related to HSSA RFP #13 2018 “Access to Care” Grant applicant proposals for funding:

RFP posted date: August 21, 2017

Letter of intent due by 12 noon: September 21, 2017

Final Proposal due by 4 pm: October 20, 2017

Awards announcement: November 20, 2017

Applicants should submit a letter of intent (LOI) on the HSSA website at www.hssaspokane.org under the Grants tab on or after August 21st. HSSA will acknowledge receipt and for those Applicants who meet HSSA criteria, HSSA will provide a link for the Applicant to use to submit a full proposal. This should expedite the process. HSSA also will coordinate directly with the applicants, if necessary. If the LOI is selected, a full proposal would be due via the HSSA website by 4 pm on October 20, 2017. In addition to the normal requirements of applicants, past recipients should reference in the current proposal the major outcomes in past HSSA grants.

HSSA’s grant competition helps to meet one of its strategic goals to increase access to health services in Spokane County for at risk populations, and represents a fund of about 15 percent of annual revenues designated for this purpose.

“To date we have awarded $1.9 million in “Access to Care” grants, providing resources to those organizations in our county who do important work with people who otherwise would not receive health care services or would seek these services from the area’s emergency rooms and other expensive options,” Isserlis said. “Some end up incarcerated at taxpayers’ expense, so one of HSSA’s intents is to decrease costs to our area health care providers and taxpayers,” Isserlis said.

HSSA’s other strategic initiative is to increase local health sciences research and the infrastructure that supports it, and as required designates 75 percent of its revenues for that purpose. In the latter case, research grants are open year-round for proposals at any time. HSSA has invested $5 million to date in health science research grants.

Together with its Access to Care grants, the organization estimates that it has created a total of 469 jobs and $52 million in total economic activity. This includes over $17 million in extramural federal grant funding to Spokane. More information about all HSSA grants may be found at www.hssaspokane.org.

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About HSSA:

The Health Sciences & Services Authority (HSSA) of Spokane County was established in 2007 by the Washington legislature, authorized county-wide by Spokane County in 2008 and began operating in 2009. Its mission is to invest in health sciences research to promote economic development, advance new therapies and procedures to combat disease, and to promote public health. HSSA invests funds to create and support a nationally competitive health sciences research cluster in Spokane County, and works to catalyze higher education research and the health sciences industry that will lead to higher wage jobs, long-term sustainability and economic diversification. For more information, visit our website at www.hssaspokane.org or call 509.474.0798.

About Our Board:

Nancy Isserlis, Attorney, Winston & Cashatt and HSSA Board Chair; Michael Wilson, Consultant and HSSA Grants Committee Chair; Jason Thackston, Senior Vice President of Energy Resources, Avista Corp. and HSSA Finance Committee Chai0; Gary Pollack, Ph.D., Dean, WSU College of Pharmacy, WSU Spokane; Kevin Oldenburg, Ph.D., President, 2nd Sight Bioscience; David J. Vachon, Ph.D., CEO/Founder, Iasis Molecular Sciences/Novion Technologies, and Dr. Francisco Velàzquez, President & CEO, PAML and PAML Ventures.

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