The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Health Care Grant: Caring Attitudes

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    Private Foundation

    IT Classification

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    The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations


    This program's broad interest is in supporting programs that advance the human dimensions of medical care. Caring attitudes often involve qualities such as effective communication, expression of compassion and empathy, as well as awareness of and sensitivity to how these factors impact the well-being of a patient. The program in caring attitudes will concentrate on leveraging improvement in specific areas of need. These include: (1) Medical Education: Of interest are initiatives that advance caring attitudes in physicians during all aspects of education, including medical school, residency training, and in practice. Programs leading to organizational and transformational change in medical education, addressing the "hidden curriculum," and designed to integrate caring attitudes throughout the curriculum will be considered. Faculty development initiatives are encouraged, including role modeling and mentoring. (2) Other Health Care Professionals: Also of interest are innovative programs that seek to train other health care providers in caring attitudes such as nurses and hospital chaplains. Systemic approaches to ensuring sensitive and compassionate care of patients and their families will be given priority. Proposals should be submitted by the head of the institution under whose auspices the project would be accomplished and include a project description, intended beneficiaries, plans for accomplishing objectives, expected outcomes, evaluation, dissemination of results, and budget.

    History of Funding

    The foundation granted over $8,316,740 for 7 grants in 2008, ranging from $135,000 to $400,000.

    Additional Information

    Preference will be given to institutions and organizations with the visibility and organizational capacity to develop programs likely to be replicated nationally.


    Dr. Jonathan T. Howe, Executive Director

    Dr. Jonathan T. Howe, Executive Director
    The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
    225 Water St., Ste. 1510
    Jacksonville, FL 32202-5185
    (904) 359-0670
    (904) 359-0675

  • Eligibility Details

    Both public and private non-profit institutions are eligible for grants under the Health Care Program. Proposals should come from the head of an independent nonprofit organization such as a medical center or hospital or, in the case of large universities with multiple schools and colleges, the vice-president or dean of the school of medicine or other health profession.

    Deadline Details

    There are no deadlines for proposals and grant applications may be submitted at any time of the year. Proposals should be submitted in a letter addressed to the Executive Director of the Foundations. Proposals are not accepted via fax or e-mail. A concise description of the proposed project and budget is all that is necessary in the initial request.

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary. Grants normally range from $100,000 to $200,000. Contributions of the requesting institution and other sources of project support should be identified. Single-year and multi-year grants are awarded.

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