The terms defined here are not intended to represent a definitive glossary of terms for the health care industry or for the nonprofit community in New Hampshire, the United States, or those visiting our website from other countries. We selected terms that can have ambiguous meanings, and that we use in our mission statement and in our grantmaking goals. Some of the terms defined here may help an organization in the composition of a Letter of Inquiry, and when the organization is formally invited by the HNHfoundation to apply for a grant.
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The availability of personal health services to achieve the best possible health outcomes.
Taking part in efforts to create or effect change in policies or systems. Advocacy efforts can take many forms, including education, media, direct action, and lobbying.
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Any obstacle that restricts or prevents enrollment and retention in children's health and dental insurance coverage or, access to healthy food and places to be active.
Strategies, programs, and initiatives that have been formally evaluated and documented as consistently producing positive, desired results.
The buildings, roads, utilities, homes, fixtures, parks and all other man-made entities that form the physical characteristics of a community.
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The organizational structure, management and staff skills, technical resources, and operating methods that determine its ability to solve problems, create and sustain services and programs, generate resources and support.
A group of organizations working together to achieve a common goal through planning, design, and implementation. In this effort, all organizations involved exchange information, share resources, enhance the capacities of each other, and alter their normal activities to achieve the goal.
community needs assessment
Documented research that demonstrates the needs of the target population of a project, as opposed to the needs of the applicant organization. Research includes consulting with members of the public, community organizations, service providers, and local government officials to identify and prioritize community health and health care needs.
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Information collected to support a decision or describe an outcome.
Discretionary support is awarded by the HNH Foundation to fill an urgent, short-term gap to provide essential services. See the Grant Center for details.
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Activities that inform constituents, stakeholders or others in order to fulfill the HNH Foundation's mission to evaluate and promote access to quality health and dental insurance coverage and to promote healthy lifestyles for the residents of New Hampshire.
Just and fair inclusion. An equitable society is one in which all can participate and prosper. The goals of equity must be to create conditions that allow all to reach their full potential. In short, equity creates a path from hope ot change (PolicyLink).
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A nonprofit organization that serves as the financial agent for an applicant organization, if that service is necessary, whose mission aligns with the applicant organization and the HNH Foundation.
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A broad, measurable statement that describes the desired outcome over the long term. For example, a goal may be to reduce the number of children in the greater Nashua area who have no health insurance coverage from 10% to 3%, over a five-year period.
Funding awarded to benefit an organization to support operations or strategy implementation.
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The state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Health insurance provides coverage against loss from illness or bodily injury. It can pay for medicine, visits to the doctor, hospital stays, other medical and prevention expenses. Coverage depends on the conditions covered and the benefits and choices of treatment available within the health insurance plan.
health insurance exchange
A set of standardized health insurance plans available to individuals and eligible for government subsidy/reimbursement. Health insurance exchanges are a component of the Affordable Care Act.
The adoption of behaviors‚ such as eating nutritious foods, being physically active, and avoiding tobacco use‚ that prevent or control the devastating effects of chronic disease.
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Projects with a potential for or that facilitate broad impact and measurable, long-term benefit across populations.
The resources needed to implement an activity and achieve outcomes (see work plan II). Inputs can include staff, consultants, volunteers, new technology, new equipment, and supplies
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letter of inquiry
A letter to the HNH Foundation that describes a funding need in response to an HNH Foundation Request for Proposals. A Letter of Inquiry may lead to an invitation from the HNH Foundation for the organization to apply for a grant. See the Grant Center for details.
Monies to be received from sources other than the HNHfoundation if the applicant receives an award from the HNH Foundation. Potential (or secured) leveraged funds should be identified in the project budget.
livable walkable communities
Livable communities provide and promote civic engagement and a sense of place through safe, sustainable choices for a variety of elements that include housing, transportation, education, cultural diversity, enrichment and recreation. Walkability is the measure of the overall walking and living conditions in an area; the extent to which the built environment is friendly to the presence of people walking, biking, living, shopping, visiting, enjoying or spending time in an area. From: Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, http://www.walklive.org/?page_id=38 (08-30-11)
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A description of the total effort to be undertaken by the applicant organization in order to achieve the goals set forth in the Letter of Inquiry, including specific activities for which funds are sought from the HNH Foundation.
Laws, rules, ordinances, regulations or mandates that influence behaviors and choices that can enhance favorable health outcomes. Examples of policy change that can help prevent childhood obesity include: prohibiting soda in early learning and child care settings; requiring the provision of fruits or vegetables at each meal during the child care day; establishing local ordinances that provide places for children and families to walk and bike.
A promising practice is one with at least preliminary evidence of effectiveness in small-scale interventions or for which there is potential for generating data that will be useful for making decisions about taking the intervention to scale and generalizing the results to diverse populations and settings.
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The ability of the outcomes of a project to become integrated into the health system(s) that impact a target population, and that no longer require HNH Foundation funding.
Change that impacts all elements, including social norms of an organization, institution, or system; may include a policy or environmental change strategy.
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The group of persons whose health status is expected to be directly improved by the project.
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A group of people, who for a variety of reasons, do not have equal access to health care insurance, and/or knowledge or skills that would otherwise enable them to have access to the health care system, and live healthy lifestyles.
Individual and family situations in which the health insurance policy or health benefits plan is less than complete and comprehensive. For example, the family may lack coverage for specific services, have a maximum benefits limit or cap on covered services, or have a high copayment or co-insursance rate.