Houston Methodist awards $7 million through Community Benefits Grant Program
HOUSTON- (Jan. 27, 2022) – Houston Methodist announced today that it has awarded more than $7 million in community grants to 28 local nonprofit organizations through the Community Benefits Grant Program. In 2022, the agencies receiving grant support are poised to assist more than 92,000 people in the Greater Houston area.
The Houston Methodist Community Benefits Grant Program supports health care access for indigent populations in alignment with the system’s four community health priorities designed to reduce barriers to accessing primary care, specialty care and mental health care while also promoting healthy living behaviors. The funding provides direct financial support and in-kind lab and radiology services to free clinics, federally qualified health centers and nonprofit agencies located in medically underserved areas.
Since its launch in 1993, the Community Benefits Grant Program has awarded $161 million to more than 80 unique local charities. Two types of grants are available under the program to support the financially indigent, including the Community Benefits Grant, which focuses on direct access to health care services, and the Mental Health Innovation Grant, which supports initiatives aimed at reducing the barriers to accessing mental health care services.
“We are committed to reducing the social, economic and health struggles of those in our community, and we’re able to do that thanks to strong community partners who are also focused on the health and well-being of our community,” said Ryane Jackson, vice president, community benefits at Houston Methodist. “The pandemic showed us that we must continue to invest in much needed programs that give access to quality health care and mental health services in the community, and we are confident the recipients of this year’s grants will positively impact our community in a meaningful way.”
In addition to the Community Benefits Grant Program, Houston Methodist provides grant support through its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Grant Program, which focuses on addressing social determinants of health within minority groups in the Houston area.
To learn about this year’s Community Benefits grant awardees, click here. For more information about Houston Methodist’s commitment to the Greater Houston community and the beneficial programs led by the hospital’s Office of Community Benefits, click here.