Women's Health Initiative Request for Proposals Released

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Diabetes Free SC, through the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation, invites proposals from eligible applicant organizations to improve the health of women who have, or are at risk for, diabetes. This opportunity is a two-step process, with initial proposals due Feb. 9, 2022. Upon review of initial proposals, we will invite a selection to submit a full application, with a submission deadline of March 23, 2022. 

Proposals must address access to care for low-income women. Eligible organizations must have the capacity to implement a team approach to prevent, detect, and improve clinical care for women with diabetes, including pre-diabetes, gestational diabetes, pre-pregnancy counseling and post-/inter-partum care. More generally, the programs should empower women with diabetes to take control of their health, to have healthier pregnancies and healthier children, to become agents for change within families and communities. By improving women’s health, it is expected these programs will yield multi-generational benefits, reducing the impact of diabetes and its complications.

In keeping with (a) DFSC’s strategic direction to prevent diabetes and its complications among adults and (b) DFSC’s guiding principle to intervene early in life and to address disparities, the purposes of this program are:

To promote wellness among women with, or at risk for, diabetes, and to mitigate income and racial disparities in the quality of, and access to, healthcare.  

To improve screening, diabetes prevention, and diabetes education for women.

To prepare young women with or at risk for diabetes for possible or planned future pregnancy.

To improve post-partum management of women who had gestational diabetes.

To align with, complement and support the other strategic directions of DFSC (multidisciplinary care during pregnancy and reduction of risk for future diabetes in schoolchildren).

Through the influence of women, to benefit multigenerational family members and entire communities.

For more details on this opportunity and the link to apply, please see the full Request for Proposals

If you have questions or would like to talk with someone about the Women's Health Initiative grant opportunity, please contact info@diabetesfreesc.org