HSSA Awards 7 Local Organizations Nearly $325,000 in Access to Care Grants


The Health Sciences and Services Authority (HSSA) of Spokane County has announced the organizations who will receive $324,865 in total grants in 2022 for the important access to health care work they do. HSSA said it received well over $750,000 in grant requests for its annual Access to Care grants.

The Community Health Association of Spokane (CHAS) will receive a $50,000 grant from HSSA for its new “Street Medicine” program. campus in a neighborhood where no dentists currently provide services.

Daybreak Services of Spokane will receive $23,000 to help fund its Restorative Receiving Center for sexually exploited youth who are victims of sex trafficking, childhood prostitution and other related crimes.

Partners with Families and Children will receive $85,000 in 2022 to help it continue to meet the growing needs of found at its Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) where our community’s most vulnerable population, children who are victims of physical and/or sexual abuse, receive services.

HSSA will grant Pioneer Human Services $20,000 to address mounting substance abuse in Spokane County at its Pioneer Center East facility in downtown. Spokane County has twice the methamphetamine-involved overdose deaths as King County with five times more populace, Pioneer claims.

Providence Health Care Foundation will receive $86,865 to fund a mid-level primary family nurse for homeless adolescents for one year.

Spokane Prescription Assistance Network will receive $30,000. It is one of the most cost-effective programs HSSA funds with a 27 to 1 return on investment.

Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Coalition was awarded $30,000 to help fund expansion of the SRDVC’s education and services to 13 school districts in the region.

“HSSA’s mission includes increasing access to care through innovative and collaborative health care delivery in Spokane, in addition to funding scientific research and infrastructure to grow the life sciences industry in the County” saidJason Thackston, HSSA Board Chair.

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 over $2.9 million in this category, providing resources to those organizations in our County who do the important work with people who might otherwise not receive health care services, and HSSA’s Access to Care grant program also helps decrease costs while improving health care services,” Thackston said.

HSSA’s other strategic initiative is to increase local health sciences research and the infrastructure that supports it and designates 75 percent of its revenues for that purpose. In the latter case, the grants are open year-round for proposals at any time, and HSSA has invested over $6 million in health science research and infrastructure grants to date. HSSA was successful in achieving reauthorization for 15 years in the last legislative session, thanks to local legislative leadership and local partners, Thackston said.

Together with its Access to Care grants, the organization estimates that it has created over 500 jobs and over $100 million in total economic activity. This includes well over $35 million in extramural federal grant funding to Spokane. More information about all HSSA grants may be found at www.hssaspokane.org.

HSSA Seeks Consultant CPA

The Health Sciences and Services Authority (HSSA) of Spokane County is seeking a part-time consulting certified public accountant (CPA) to handle its accounting, payroll and financial reports needs. The HSSA's funds sit in the Spokane County Investment Pool (SCIP) from which HSSA draws its funds for grants payable and operating expenses.

HSSA was established in 2017 for 15 years by the Washington State Legislature and authorized to operate in Spokane County. The Legislature reauthorized HSSA for an additional 15 years beginning next year. Its mission is to invest in health sciences research to promote economic development, and public health.

If you are interested, please send your resume to susan@hssaspokane.org.

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HSSA Announces Board Vacancy

The Health Sciences and Services Authority (HSSA) of Spokane County has announced one vacancy on its nine-person Board of Directors. The position will be appointed by the Governor of the State of Washington. The Governor’s Office has its own application process as https://www.governor.wa.gov/boards-commissions at which candidates may apply.

The HSSA Board seeks individuals to fill these vacancies preferably with professional life/health sciences experiences in the private sector and/or academia. Experience successfully starting and operating health/life sciences businesses is preferred, not mandatory. The HSSA Board meets quarterly.

HSSA Board members service four-year terms. When the term expires there is an opportunity to serve additional terms.

HSSA has invested approximately $8 million to date in research and infrastructure in Spokane County. It also has invested about $3.7 million in its annual “Access to Care” grants to promote public health, including public health during the Covid pandemic. It has created hundreds of direct and indirect jobs, assisted bringing to Spokane millions of dollars of extramural grant funding, and over $100 million in total economic activity. HSSA was reauthorized by the Washington Legislature for an additional 15 years, and Governor Jay Inslee signed the legislation.

Questions about this Board vacancy may be directed to the HSSA Executive Director at susan@hssapokane.org. Interested candidates must apply directly to the Governor’s Office at Boards and Commissions.

HSSA Announces up to $325,000 Available in "Access to Care" Annual Grants

The Health Sciences and Services Authority (HSSA) of Spokane County has announced its annual “Access to Care” grant competition for non-profit and other organizations open for its 2022 grants. This grant competition seeks applicants who provide innovative and efficient health service delivery that increases access to health care for at-risk populations.

The HSSA 2022 Access to Care Grant Competition will award up to $325,000 for one or more grants that durably increase the efficiency and efficacy of health delivery in Spokane County that measurably increases access to care for certain populations.

“HSSA invests in annual Access to Care grants to promote public health, which is included in its legislative authority and mission in this annual request for proposals,” said Jason Thackston, HSSA Board Chair. “We have committed $2.7 million to these Access to Care programs to date, and we fund these grants from about 15 percent of our annual revenues,” he said.

Here are key dates related to HSSA’s 2022 Access to Care grants:

RFP posted at: October 15, 2021

Letter of Intent due by noon: October 29, 2021

Final Proposal due by 4PM: November 15, 2021

Awards Announced: December 20, 2021

Some past recipients have included a successful program by Catholic Charities’ and the Empire Health Foundation called “Rising Strong”; Partners with Families and Children; Volunteers of America’s “Hot Spotters”; Spokane Prescription Assistance Network; Spokane Neighborhood Action Plan (SPAN); Priority Spokane; Northeast Community Center’s Medical and Dental operations and youth counseling; Pioneer Human Services; YWCA mental health initiative, CHAS East Central Dental, Providence Dental NE operatories, and others.

Applicants should submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) on the HSSA website at www.hssaspokane.org under the Grants tab. HSSA will provide a link to successful Applicants to use to submit a Final Proposal. HSSA will coordinate with Applicants directly, if required. If the LOI is selected, a Final Proposal is due by 4 pm. November 15, 2021. In this Final Proposal, Applicants who have previously been funded by HSSA should list positive major outcomes from previous grants.

HSSA is credited with bringing over $35 million in extramural grants to the Spokane region as every $1 of National Institutes for Health (NIH) funding accounts for another $1, creating $70 million alone by 2019 in economic activity. HSSA has invested about $5.8 million in research and infrastructure grants, and over $2.5 million in Access to Care grants, for a total direct investment of $8 million. The organization has contributed to date to well over $100 million, an exciting return on investment.

HSSA Board Meets Oct. 12, 2021 at 8 AM

HSSA's Board will meet in a "special" board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 at 8 AM via zoom. The meeting is considered "special" as the board was unable to meet at its regularly scheduled meeting in September. This meeting will be conducted via Zoom and anyone wishing to attend should contact susan@hssaspokane.org. The meeting Agenda may be found elsewhere on this site.

LSW East West Summit Goes Virtual

The annual Life Science Washington East West Summit that is usually hosted in Spokane is now a virtual event in September 9th. This is due to covid variant increases statewide and in Spokane County. You will want to register and will receive your information to connect the week prior to the event. This is an exciting event with wonderful panels and and a terrific keynote speaker.


Numerica CEO Carla Cicero Joins HSSA Board

The Health Sciences and Services Authority (HSSA) of Spokane County has announced that Carla Cicero, Numerica Credit Union Chief Executive Officer, has been appointed to the HSSA Board of Directors by Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

“We are very pleased to have a board member of Carla’s executive leadership experience and integrity join our board,” said Jason Thackston, HSSA Board Chair and Senior Vice President, Avista Energy Resources.

Cicero will serve the remaining term of former Board Chair Nancy Isserlis, effective June 15, 2021, through Oct. 14, 202after which she may be appointed for a full four-year term..

“I am honored to be appointed by Gov. Inslee to join the HSSA board,” Cicero said. “Working in partnership with local research, medical, and community leaders, we will further groundbreaking life and health sciences research in Spokane.”

Cicero is president and CEO of Numerica Credit Union, a financial institution with $3.2 billion in assets serving over 160,000 members. In addition to her role at Numerica, Cicero serves on the Greater Spokane Incorporated executive committee and Rosauers Supermarkets board of directors. She also is a board member for the World Council of Credit Unions.

Cicero joins HSSA Board Chair Thackston and other Board members Mike Wilson, Grants Chair, Allison Glasunow, Finance Chair, Daryll DeWald, Ph.D., Kevin Oldenburg, Ph.D., Darryl Potyk, M.D., David Vachon, Ph,D. and Francisco Velasquez, M.D.

​HSSA Announces Awards for its 2021 “Access to Care” Grant

Just in time for Christmas, HSSA's Board announces its 2021 Access to Care grant recipients. They are Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington ($19,250), Partners with Families and Children ($42,500), Spokane Prescription Assistant Network ($30,000), Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Coalition ($29,250), and YWCA Spokane ($29,000).

The Health Sciences and Services Authority (HSSA) of Spokane County has announced the organizations who will receive $150,000 in total grants in 2020 for the important access to health care work they do. HSSA said it received well over $780,000 in grant requests for its annual Access to Care grant, the highest amount ever requested.

HSSA also contributed $240,000 in March of this year for Covid-19 Relief grants to assist immediate needs related to the pandemic.

Following are the recipients of HSSA Access to Care grants for 2021:

Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington will receive a grant of $19,250 to for its Integrated Health Screening in Supportive Housing program. (Rob McCann, CEO, 509.358.4272).

Partners with Families and Children will receive $42,500 in 2021 to help it continue to meet the growing needs of our community’s most vulnerable population, children who are victims of physical and/or sexual abuse. (Carol Plischke, Executive Director, 509.473.4832).

Spokane Prescription Assistance Network will receive $30,000. It is one of the most cost-effective programs HSSA funds with a 18:1 return on investment. (Kelly Armstrong, MSW, 509.981.6420)

Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Coalition will receive $29,250 to support effort to coalesce educational outreach and marketing on the subject of domestic violence. (Annie Murphey, 509.481.3522).

YWCA Spokane will receive from HSSA $29,000 of bridge funding for one year to maintain tele-heath infrastructure for electronic medical record and billing services, and to sustain a HIPAA-compliant Zoom platform, and purchase four laptops. (Jeanette Hauck, CEO, 509.789.9302).

“HSSA’s mission includes increasing access to care through innovative and collaborative health care delivery that serves Spokane County citizens, in addition to funding scientific research and infrastructure to grow the life sciences industry in Spokane,” said Nancy L. Isserlis, HSSA Board Chair.

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. Funds amounting to $240,000 were provided early this year for immediate Covid-19 relief.

“HSSA provides resources to those organizations in our County who do the important work with people who might otherwise not receive health care services,” Isserlis said. “HSSA’s Access to Care grant program also helps fund solutions to particularly difficult complex health problems,” Isserlis said.

HSSA’s other strategic initiative is to increase local health sciences research and the infrastructure that supports it and designates 75 percent of its revenues for that purpose. In the latter case, the research grants are open year-round for proposals at any time, and HSSA has invested over $5 million in health science research and infrastructure grants to date. HSSA was successful in achieving reauthorization for 15 years in the last legislative session, thanks to local legislative leadership and local partners, Isserlis said.

Together with its Access to Care grants, the organization estimates that it has created over 500 jobs and over $100 million in total economic activity. This includes well over $35 million in extramural federal grant funding to Spokane.