Samaritan awards grants to local nonprofits


The five hospitals of Samaritan Health Services have awarded a total of $339,807 in social accountability grants to local service organizations, to be distributed during 2021.

Social accountability grants are awarded within Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties. Funding decisions are made by committees consisting of employees and board members at each Samaritan-affiliated hospital. Funded programs address unmet needs of underserved populations and improve overall community health.

Social accountability grants are part of the larger Samaritan Community Benefit program, which encompasses the organization’s efforts to build healthier communities by providing direct and in-kind support for services such as health screenings, health professions education, health research and community health activities. The program also encompasses the charity care that Samaritan provides to low-income patients.

To be eligible for social accountability funding, programs must:

• Focus on unmet needs in underserved populations.

• Be collaborative, involving partnerships with Samaritan or other local community organizations.

• Be located in and provide services within Benton, Lincoln and/or Linn counties.

• Focus on prevention, with an emphasis on improving the health status in the community that includes equity, diversity and inclusion.

• Focus on a specific program or project within the agency or organization.

• Use quality indicators to measure progress, report results and share them widely to attract more resources.

• Plan for self-sufficiency.

• Be fiscally responsible.

The agencies in Lincoln County receiving social accountability grants for 2021 are Coastal Range Food Bank, Food Share of Lincoln County, Family Promise, Hearts with a Mission, Lincoln County School District – Job Opportunities for Youth (JOY) Project, Neighbors For Kids, Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments – Meals on Wheels, Samaritan House and Senior Corps of Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties.

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