Hillman Foundation Launches New Innovations in Care Program

RFP is released for multi-million dollar initiative supporting transformative, nursing-driven models of care.

The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation has launched the Hillman Innovations in Care Program, which will provide over $3 million in funding over the next five years to nursingAdriven models of care that target vulnerable populations. The foundation has released a Request for Proposal that can be downloaded from the foundation website. The goal of the Hillman Innovations in Care Program is to advance leading edge, nursingAdriven models of care that will improve the health and health care of vulnerable populations, including the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBQT, the homeless, rural populations and other groups that encounter barriers to accessing healthcare services. The foundation is specifically interested in proposals that address maternal and child health, care of the older adult, and chronic illness management.

The submission deadline for the firstAround of brief proposals is May 1, 2014. The foundation will notify those who are chosen to move forward in the review process by May 25th, and will require full proposals by July 10, 2014. The foundation will award two grants of up to $600,000 each in December 2014.

“We look forward to receiving applications from institutions and care settings across the spectrum of care,” said Ahrin Mishan, Executive Director of the Hillman Foundation. “We believe that transformative ideas are as likely to come from community health clinics as they are from major academic research centers.”

“The Hillman Innovations in Care Program should provide a powerful boost to promising but underA recognized models of care delivery,” said Mary Naylor, Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, who has already received support from the Foundation for her nurseAled Transitional Care Model. “It is these kinds of innovations that have the potential to help our health care system to achieve several key outcomes—better health, higher patient and caregiver satisfaction, and lower costs.”

For more information on the Hillman Innovations in Care Program or to access the RFP, please visit the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation website, www.rahf.org, or contact Judith Woodruff at jwoodruff@rahf.org.

A New Direction for the Hillman Foundation
The Hillman Innovations in Care Program marks another important expansion of the foundation’s grantmaking. For more than 20 years, the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation (formerly the Alex Hillman

Family Foundation) has supported the Hillman Scholars Program, an undergraduate scholarship program that carries with it a commitment to clinical practice in New York City. To date, more than 1,500 nurses have participated in the program. Last year, the Foundation, launched the Hillman Scholars in Nursing Innovation, which builds on and broadens the Foundation’s scholarship programs, with a particular emphasis on developing nurse researchers able to transform healthcare systems and practices.


The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation mission is to improve the lives of patients and their families through nursingAdriven innovation. To this end, the Foundation cultivates nurse leaders, supports nursing research, and disseminates new models of care that are critical to making the U.S. healthcare system more patientAcentered, accessible, equitable, and affordable. The foundation’s goal is to leverage the power of nursing’s unique knowledge to ensure that the healthcare system can deliver the highAquality care patients need and deserve.