BCBSTX’s focus in this area will address two disease conditions impacting the health and wellness of millions of Texans: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic kidney disease. Our primary focus is preventing and managing these two disease conditions and their effect on Texas communities. If you have any questions, please see this communication or contact us.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
According to the American Lung Association, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. The disease, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is increasingly common, affecting millions of Americans. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., and an estimated 5.5 percent of Texans suffer from the disease. Many with COPD go undiagnosed and enter the health care system in crisis and at an advanced stage, according to BCBSTX claims data.
To address the prevalence of COPD in Texas, our HKHF grants will support organizations that promote lung health, including smoking cessation.
Chronic Kidney Disease
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) also called chronic kidney failure, describes the gradual loss of kidney function. According to the National Institutes of Health, the main risk factors for developing kidney disease are diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and a family history of kidney failure.
The prevalence of diabetes has exploded to epidemic levels in the U.S. with more than 29 million Americans living with the disease. An estimated 11 percent of Texans are diabetic. According to BCBSTX claims data, diabetics are developing chronic complications such as CKD at an alarming rate.
Our HKHF grants support organizations that help detect CKD at an early stage. Early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure.
How to Apply for a Grant
In addition to aligning with our Disease Management area, the following criteria are required for review of all grant proposals:
- The community lead organization must be a nonprofit, tax exempt, 501(c)(3) organization with expertise in chronic kidney disease (early stages) or Chronic Pulmonary Disease (tobacco related illness and tobacco cessation).
- The community lead organization must have the financial capacity and qualified staff to oversee and manage the project. For this RFP “financial capacity” is defined as organizations operating a current annual budget of $2M or more.
- The community lead organization must collaborate on proposed program with a health system partner – i.e., hospital, clinic, federally qualified health center.
- The community lead organization must collaborate on proposed program outcomes and metrics with an evaluation partner – i.e., academic institution – preferably a school of public health.
This two-step RFP process will help us determine whether your program will align with our investment strategy.
Step 1: Eligible organizations are invited to submit a brief Request for Information. Please expect four weeks for notification of decision.
Step 2: Letters of intent will be reviewed and organizations who propose measurable programs that align with our investment strategy will be invited to submit a full proposal.