Current Funding Opportunities
Release Date: March 23, 2021
The Paso del Norte Health Foundation seeks letters of intent (LOI) from eligible organizations to promote the Health Foundation’s Strategic Plan for Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being. Specifically, the Health Foundation seeks LOIs for funding consideration in one of the following interest areas that help meet the Think.Change initiative goal to reduce stigma and negative bias associated with mental illness:
- Implementation of evidence-based trainings to reduce mental illness stigma and bias among people (i.e. teachers, landlords, law enforcement, etc.) who have frequent contact with individuals with a mental health condition.
- Implementation of evidence-based education programs for individuals and families on emotional health, mental illness symptoms, management and treatment options.
- Implementation of evidence-based navigator training for individuals willing to serve as advocates, system navigators, or volunteer presenters, including people with lived experience.
- Advocacy for policy change aimed at reducing the stigma and negative bias associated with mental illness.
Note: a separate LOI was released seeking programs informed by regional behavioral health consortia that address behavioral health system gaps not otherwise covered by government or reimbursed by health coverage.
The Foundation uses Letters of Intent to welcome a wide-range of proposals from a diverse applicant pool. After review, the Health Foundation will invite selected applicants to submit a full proposal
Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being Described
The Health Foundation’s working description for Mental and Emotional Well-being is the World Health Organization’s description of mental health and mental well-being, which states: “Mental health and mental well-being are fundamental to the quality of life and productivity of individuals, families, communities and nations, enabling people to experience life as meaningful and to be creative and active citizens (WHO, 2005).”
Mental Illness Stigma Defined
Corrigan and Gelb (2006) define mental illness stigma in two forms:
Public stigma - defined as the prejudice and discrimination suffered by people with mental illness when the general population endorses stereotypes, and
Self-stigma - defined as the injury to self-esteem when a person with mental illness internalizes stigma.
Positive social environments also play an integral role in mental and emotional well-being and prevention of negative health outcomes (Hatzenbuehler, 2011). The World Health Organization (2005) explains that stigma about mental disorders and discrimination against individuals who have a mental illness and their families prevent people from seeking mental health treatment. Research supports the idea that individuals who possess more information about mental illness are less stigmatizing than individuals who are misinformed (Penn, Couture, 2012).
What We Will Fund
Health Foundation Role in Reducing Stigma Associated with Mental Illness
The reduction of stigma and negative bias is vital to mental health and emotional well-being as public stereotypes and self-stigma limit individuals’ opportunities to access good jobs, safe housing, satisfactory health care, and social relationships.
The burden of mental illness is among the highest of all diseases, and mental disorders are among the most common causes of disability. People, including children and adolescents, with untreated mental health conditions are at high risk for many unhealthy and unsafe behaviors, including alcohol or drug use, violent or self-destructive behavior, and suicide.
Deadlines & Schedule
- Letters of intent are due via the Health Foundation’s on-line application system by April 26, 2021.
- Invitations for full proposals will be announced by June 1, 2021.
- Invited applicants may be required to meet with the Senior Program Officer before submitting a full proposal.
- Full proposals are due by July 12, 2021.
- Projected funding cycle start date is November 1, 2021, but other dates may be proposed.
Eligibility And Selection Criteria
Eligible applicants include nonprofit tax-exempt organizations, including churches and units of government, located in the Paso del Norte region. See the Paso del Norte Health Foundation website: pdnhf.org for more information about grant guidelines.
The Paso del Norte Health Foundation operates in a unique binational environment, which stretches across two countries and three states. This region serves the 2.4 million people living in El Paso and Hudspeth Counties in far west Texas, Doña Ana, Luna, and Otero Counties in southern New Mexico, and the municipality of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico.
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