Areas of Expertise
Over the last ten years, WCN has assisted Federally Qualified Health Centers and Urban Indian Health Organization programs to invest in the intersection of economic development and social determinants of health that support rural community development and urban health improvement initiatives.
WCN has significant expertise in preparing highly competitive proposals. Federal and private funds have been secured for FQHC health center operations (HRSA), HIT and electronic health records, capital renovations and downtown revitalization efforts, behavioral health, Community Health Worker Programs (ORHP), Head Start / Early Head Start (ACF), sustainable agriculture, local food systems (USDA, EPA), workforce empowerment (EDA, ARC), substance abuse treatment and opioid recovery (SAMHSA, HRSA), broadband infrastructure and telemedicine (USDA), housing (HUD) and other essential programs serving underserved communities.
WCN has extensive relationships with Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC) and National Indian Health Board (NIHB) that significantly enhances the Networks ability to develop competitive applications that align with national and federal priorities. In addition, the Network has affiliate members in Impact Investing to leverage investments into social enterprises in the communities we serve.
Social Determinants of Health
Addressing the social determinants of health through program development and funding is a unique specialty of the Write Choice Network. Nationally, FQHCs are expanding their programs to not only support a patient’s health needs, but are developing expanded programs housed at the health center that focus on healthy eating, active living and economic development programs to attend to the comprehensive overall health of the individual and the community they serve.
Simply stated a social determinant of health is either a social or economic characteristic that has an affect on an individual’s health outcome. For example level of education directly links to likeliness of living below federal poverty level, which in turn affects health care access and overall outcomes. The graphic illustrates a variety of social determinants that affect an individual's health.
We support the development of new programs for both health center and social determinant-related projects. As part of the grant writing process the WCN team works in partnership with your staff to develop new programs that fit the needs of your community health center to best serve your patients and community.