The Edna G. Kynett Memorial Foundation 60th Anniversary Program

Addressing Cardiovascular Disparities: Integrating Community and Clinical Approaches

To celebrate its 60th anniversary, The Edna G. Kynett Memorial Foundation, Inc. is seeking proposals for interventions designed to address the burden of cardiovascular disease in vulnerable populations. Interventions must include an active community outreach strategy. The Foundation is particularly interested in outreach interventions that include community health workers, patient navigators, peer educators, counselors or other outreach workers. Projects should include partnerships between nonprofit community-based organizations and health care clinics, hospitals or other health care providers. A focus on prevention is a priority. Organizations which are applying for a 60th Anniversary grant may also apply for a grant in the usual 2014 fall grant cycle.


African Americans, Latinos and other underrepresented minority groups have much higher rates of heart disease and are less likely to receive effective treatment than non-Hispanic whites. Major risk factors for heart disease include hypertension, obesity, smoking and diabetes. These risk factors are also more common in lower-income populations and can be addressed through effective prevention programs.

A promising approach to reducing inequities in heart disease links community outreach with health care providers. For this program, the term community health workers (CHWs) refers to community members who provide services such as health education, screenings and informal counseling. CHWs also connect residents with healthcare providers and serve as advocates, providing care and social support in line with the culture of the community. Studies have shown that interventions involving community health workers improve self-care, increase access to health and social services and promote changes in behavior in underserved communities. Other outreach workers may include patient navigators, nurses, peer educators, exercise trainers, behavioral counselors or others who contact individuals outside of health care settings.


  • Applicants must be either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (proof of 501(c)(3) status must be submitted with the proposal.)
  • The Foundation will fund programs in low income communities located in the Delaware Valley: Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Berks, and Lehigh Counties and Camden County, New Jersey and New Castle County, Delaware.
  • The project must include a partnership between a community-based nonprofit organization and a healthcare organization.
  • The intervention must involve active community outreach.
  • The proposal must target populations at highest risk for cardiovascular disease: those in underserved communities and/or racial or ethnic minority populations.


  • include community health workers or other outreach workers
  • focus on prevention
  • propose interventions that are evidence-based or promising based on preliminary experiences in the target community
  • propose interventions that are sustainable and may be replicated at a reasonable cost


  • Identification of the community, the target population and number of persons to be reached
  • Experience in partnerships between community-based nonprofit organization(s) and health care providers
  • Documentation of how community outreach is integrated with the health care entity.
  • Experience of the program leaders and other team members in the target community
  • Commitment to decreasing disparities in the risk of cardiovascular disease and/or improving cardiovascular disease outcomes
  • Clearly defined outcomes for each level/component of the intervention
  • A plan for evaluation, including measures of success


Community health workers teaching self-management skills for diabetes or hypertension and providing prevention services and education in non-clinical community settings while enhancing connections to health care.

After school (or other out-of-school time) programs that engage children and their families in nutrition and physical activity initiatives in partnership with school-based or community health clinics (Out-of-school time refers to before-school, after school, summer programs, etc.)

Community based screening programs for hypertension, diabetes, overweight and smoking that ensure health care enrollment and follow up.

Community-based organizations partnering with hospitals to address important cardiovascular health care issues as part of the hospital’s plan based on its community health needs assessment.


60th Anniversary grants must be used for the direct expenses of the proposed program, for example, staff salaries, consultant fees, data collection and analysis, supplies and project related travel. The Foundation does not make grants to support capital campaigns or endowments or capital investment in equipment or construction or renovation of facilities. Funds may not be used to meet the costs of patient care or to substitute for third party reimbursement.


Each application must disclose any financial or potential financial interest which any person, whether or not associated with the institution submitting the application, may have in the proposed program. Applicants must also list all other funders, both those committed and those with whom applications are pending.


As a condition of accepting 60th Anniversary funds, grantees must provide interim and final project reports (including budgets), share evaluation results and participate in any evaluation conducted on behalf of the Foundation. Please click on Reporting Documents (at the left) for the 60th Anniversary report forms.


The application deadline was October 15, 2014. Applications postmarked by the deadline and containing all the required information will be reviewed by a Board committee and the full Board of Trustees. The Trustees will make the final selection for the awards. Successful applicants will be notified, and the funds for the first installment of the grant will be disbursed by December 31, 2014; the second installment will be disbursed in December 2015. Please click on Application Documents (at the left) for the application requirements and required cover sheet.


Grantees should include appropriate recognition of the Foundation’s support in their annual reports and other materials.

For more information on the request for proposals and the proposal requirements, please contact Martha Morse, Executive Director, at 610-896-3868 or