2018 Projects Focus on Immigrant, Refugee Health

May 15, 2018  |  Foundation News


The REACH Foundation’s current five-year strategic plan calls for increasing access to health care coverage and care with particular emphasis on the health needs of particularly vulnerable populations — which include immigrants and refugees living within our service area. To build our understanding of the disparities and barriers that influence health for these populations, we drew on the insights of agency and community leaders that provide services to these population groups. From those conversations in 2017, the foundation awarded grants to three organizations to focus attention and action on eliminating barriers to coverage and care:

  • A $50,000 grant to Children’s Mercy Hospital will support the development and implementation of a bilingual behavioral health coaching model to increase the capacity for Spanish-language behavioral health services in the Kansas City metro area. The project is designed to increase the quality of communication and care provided by bilingual behavioral health providers to Spanish-speaking clients.
  • A $70,000 grant to the JUNTOS Center for Advancing Latino Health at KU Medical Center will support the development of a profile of insurance coverage and health care access for Latinos and other immigrants in the metro area. The project will include collaboration with the Migration Policy Institute to draw on demographic data and focus group and survey information to analyze issues that affect health care access and utilization.
  • A $40,000 grant to Turner House Children’s Clinic dba Vibrant Health in Wyandotte County, KS, will support a new learning community and advocacy network for organizations engaged in the care of immigrants and refugees in metropolitan Kansas City. The project will allow for health care and other social/family services to share experiences and partner on building safe, culturally competent and effective health care systems that meet the health needs of immigrants and refugees.

The proposals for the funded projects emerged from discussions with immigrant health and advocacy organizations and stakeholder input gathered from a summer series of workshops organized by an Immigrant Health Advisors group convened by REACH in 2017.

For more information on these grants, contact Senior Program Officer Carla Gibson at carla@reachhealth.org.