Funding Priority Area

Concentrating on Gaps in Care of Health

Three Arches Foundation fulfills its mission by awarding grants to nonprofit organizations that provide services and programs focused on improving the health and well-being of our local citizens and by working collaboratively within the community to further assess key unmet needs. Our priority during these initial years is significantly aligned with our vision across one area of focus – Access to Care – including behavioral and physical health.

Our research, learnings and shared dialogue continues to reaffirm that access to care is a critical community need. Through these findings, we are committed to helping the organizations that make it easier for people to navigate, understand, and use information and services to improve behavioral and physical health. While narrow in scope, we believe our focused concentration on funding initiatives in this important area will allow for greater impact across the community. 

Access to Care

We define Access to Care as efforts that make it easier for people to navigate, understand, and use information and services to take care of their behavioral and physical health. 

Behavioral Health  Supporting efforts that help our community address mental health and chemical dependency, such as prevention services, early identification and intervention, integrated services, care and treatment and recovery services.

Behavioral Health
Supporting efforts that help our community address mental health and chemical dependency, such as prevention services, early identification and intervention, integrated services, care and treatment and recovery services.

Physical Health  Supporting efforts that help individuals address and achieve optimal health and function, including various dimensions such as freedom from disease, physical activity, nutrition and diet, medical self-care, and consumption of alcohol and drugs.

Physical Health
Supporting efforts that help individuals address and achieve optimal health and function, including various dimensions such as freedom from disease, physical activity, nutrition and diet, medical self-care, and consumption of alcohol and drugs.

Why Access to Care

Three Arches Foundation recognizes there are many ways to help advance health and well-being across our community and an integral part of our investment strategy centers on our capacity to make grants that are thoughtful and impactful.   

When we identified Access to Care as a funding priority for Three Arches Foundation we considered the diverse health care needs of citizens throughout Lakewood and surrounding communities, as well as the importance of receiving health care resources in a timely and appropriate way. We also recognized that access to care encompasses many different aspects that directly impact one's overall physical, social, and mental health status and quality of life.

With these factors in mind, the Foundation will support actionable efforts that address this priority area of focus during its initial years. As we continue to listen and learn about the needs and gaps affecting access to care, it is our intent to further broaden our understanding of how we can aid a nonprofit organization’s efforts towards implementing and maintaining programs that have a direct impact on preserving/improving behavioral and physical health. This will allow us to make thoughtful grant decisions that ultimately benefit our community.

Our efforts are concentrated on funding worthy programs and services that make it easier for people to navigate, understand, and use information and services to take care of their health. Some examples include: 

Care Coordination – efforts that synchronize activities and information sharing among all participants concerned with a client’s care. 

Cultural Competency – initiatives that help providers and organizations effectively deliver services that meet the social, cultural, and linguistic needs of clients.

Health Literacy – helping clients to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health care decisions and navigate the health care system.

Care at Home – home health care and home care services.

Interpretation Services – efforts that facilitate communication between clients with Limited English Proficiency and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and their health care providers.

Navigation – efforts to engage a patient to determine barriers and make connections with  providers and resources that best meets their health care needs, where and when they need it.

Telehealth – programs that connect clients to care via remote assistance using telecommunication tools such as home telemonitoring and telephone support.

Transportation – efforts that remove barriers to access health care due to long travel distances, lack of vehicle, transportation cost and inadequate infrastructure.

Trauma Informed Care – integration of a trauma informed approach and strategies throughout physical and behavioral health care to reduce harmful effects of trauma and violence.

Workforce Development – organizational tools designed to move qualified and eager employees along a health care career development path.

“Access to care cannot be measured by possession of an insurance card or the number of physicians per square mile. Access is a complex mix of personal beliefs, cultural norms, and social structure, combined with available individual and community resources.”
— Source: Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants