Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW), the not-for-profit offering Apple Health (Medicaid), Medicare and individual and family plans on the health exchange, on Tuesday announced a $250,000 Advancing Equity Fund grant to be shared among 25 community-based organization in Washington state, including four with connections to Snohomish County.
The investment aims to support these organizations’ work addressing all aspects of health and improving health outcomes. The organizations provide services ranging from housing for youth and families, to parenting classes, to mental health services, and language and cultural support for immigrants and refugees.
The Advancing Equity Fund, now in its third year, aids community-based organizations providing care and support systems for people from communities of color, Indigenous and Native communities, as well as immigrants and refugees, and those experiencing the greatest barriers to their best health and well-being. CHPW said that distributing these funds aligns with its mission and dedication to ensure all people — regardless of race, ethnicity, immigrant status, disability, age, gender identity, sexual orientation or income — have access to quality support and resources to meet their needs.
To date, the fund has provided a total of $730,000 split among 43 community-based organizations.
“While the pandemic most recently brought inequities in health care specifically experienced by people of color to the forefront of our national consciousness, CHPW has been working side-by-side with our community health centers, other providers, and community-based and partner organizations to advance health equity for 30 years,” said Leanne Berge, CEO of Community Health Plan of Washington and its parent Community Health Network of Washington. “This funding, born of a need to support already under-resourced organizations on the front lines of the Covid-19 response, allows us to continue supporting work focused on bridging gaps in health on a local level.”
The following community-based organizations will each receive $10,000 from Community Health Plan of Washington in 2022:
- Carl Maxey Center (Spokane County — Spokane)
- Cocoon House (Snohomish County—Everett)
- Communities of Color Coalition (Snohomish County—Everett)
- Communities Rooted in Brilliance (King County—Seattle)
- Ethnic Support Council (Cowlitz County — Longview)
- Family Education & Support Services (FESS) (King County, Pierce County, Kitsap County, Mason County — Shelton, Thurston County — Tumwater)
- Foundation for Youth Resilience and Engagement (FYRE) (Okanogan County — Omak)
- Interfaith Works (Thurston County — Olympia)
- Kitsap Immigration Assistance Center (Kitsap County — Bremerton)
- Korean Women’s Association (Clallam County – Port Angeles and Sequim, Clark County – Vancouver, Cowlitz County – Longview, Grays Harbor County – Aberdeen, Jefferson County – Port Townsend, King County – Federal Way, Kitsap County – Bremerton, Lewis County – Centralia, Mason County – Shelton, Pierce County – Tacoma, Snohomish County – Lynnwood, Thurston County – Lacey, Whatcom County – Bellingham)
- La Casa Hogar (Yakima County — Yakima)
- Latino Educational Training Institute (LETI) (Snohomish County — Lynnwood)
- Latino Leadership NW (Clark County-Vancouver)
- League Of United Latin American Citizens (Washington state — Vancouver)
- Mother Africa (King County — Kent)
- Mother Nation (Washington state — Seattle)
- Multi Service Center (King County — Federal Way, Kent)
- NATIVE Project (Spokane County — Spokane)
- Nuestra Casa (Yakima County — Sunnyside)
- Pacific Northwest Uganda American Association (PNUAA)
- Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWa) (King County — Kent and Seattle)
- Refugee and Immigrant Connections Spokane (Spokane County — Spokane)
- TC futures (Benton County, Franklin County — Kennewick)
- Tri-Cities Immigration Coalition (TCIC) (Benton County, Franklin County — Richland)
- United Indians of all Tribes (King County—Seattle)
To learn more about CHPW, visit chpw.org.