Clinicians with great ideas for community health programs have a new source to look to for small grants to get them off the ground. ACU member Dr. Rishi Manchanda, a co-founder of HBFunder (http://www.hbfunder.org/) says, “Like many frontline providers, we have seen how hard it can be to get funding for small projects that can have a big impact on social determinants of health and healthcare for vulnerable populations.”
HBFunder connects donors with people in healthcare and community nonprofits with great ideas for improving the health of patients and neighborhoods. Projects already online range from a community garden that brings healthy food to downtown LA residents to a project that trains community health workers to help indigenous populations in Mexico.
Innovators simply post their projects on HBfunder.org, set a fundraising goal and share the project with supporters through social media. Dr. Manchanda says, “We invite anyone with a project that helps improve local social determinants of health to raise extra funds with HBFunder. We are particularly interested in projects that represent clinic-community partnerships.”