Carlson, M., & O'Neal-McElrath, T.   (2008). Winning grants: Step by step. San Francisco, CA:   Jossey-Bass.   ISBN: 9780470286371
Kachinske, T., & Kachinske, J.   (2010). 90 days to success in grant writing. Boston, MA:   Course Technology PTR.   ISBN: 9781435454866

Grant proposal: Topic identification

In this Section, you will select a problem or issue in the public sector that interests you. Identify, describe, and assess the problem or issue to define it in grant writing terms. You will have the opportunity to select a program that could be eligible for a grant and then develop the topic to support a successful grant proposal.

Required Reading:
Carlson, M., & O'Neal-McElrath, T. (2008): Chapters 3, 4

Kachinske, T., & Kachinske, J. (2010): Chapters 3, 4

Identify and Assess an Issue for Grant Funding:
There are always issues that need funding but not all are fundable or issues that can be written in a short timeline. Activity 2 will provide you the opportunity to explore grant funding ideas and issues and start the planning process to make sure there is sufficient time to write a good grant proposal.

Select a problem or issue in the public sector that could be addressed with grant funding. In your paper, discuss the following factors:

• The particular topic you want to write the proposal on.

• What are the causes of the problem?

• Who does the problem affect (the audience)?

• What are the needs of the audience in developing a solution?

• What are some possible solutions to the problem?

• What type of funding is needed to develop solutions?

• What would be the result of funding (programs, capital improvements, etc.)?

As a conclusion, develop an overall goal you wish to achieve with your funding and a list of objectives that could be used as accountability benchmarks to assess the success of your proposed solutions.

These objectives will be used to help match your program needs to funding sources in the next Activity. Make sure your objectives are behavior based and measurable.

Length: 10-12 pages (app. 350 words per page). Use a minimum of three peer-reviewed or government sources in addition to your texts.

Your essay should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards.

Assignment Outcomes
Evaluate a problem or issue that could be addressed with grant funding.

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The Issue. The purpose of this project is to acquire funding to establish a Health Literacy Initiative in the community in which individuals can attend to acquire correct information or education about the pending changes in the healthcare industry and gain an understanding of the benefits as it relates to the individual while improving the health of the community. Healthcare has long been charged with improving the quality of care and cost control neither of which can be achieved without the understanding and cooperation of the patients served. The concept of health literacy as it is associated with quality of care is dependent upon several concepts; 1) effective communication between the provider and patient; 2) effective communication by the provider at a level which the patient comprehends; 3) the quality of care hinges upon the understanding of the patient, in short the quality of care is dependent upon the provider effectively communicating to the patient at a level of understanding, writes Washington (2011). In order to improve the quality of care within a community a provider or healthcare system must be able to effectively communicate which requires health literacy of the community and/or the patient.
According to the report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) (2001), “Crossing the Quality Chasm”, healthcare must be effective, safe, patient centered, efficient, timely and equitable which cannot occur without health literacy. Timely care ensures adequate intervention is accessible and processes are conducive. It is worth noting poor communication frequently lead to medication errors. A provider can make an adverse selection in therapy or medication as a result of miscommunication. Conversely a patient may not take medication as directed as a result of misunderstanding instructions. Concerned parties contemplating improving health literacy must take into consideration the various aspects of all parties involved to the information delivered as the reaction to the information is dependent upon the recipient while the presenter of the information has a single approach. As information is being created it is essential the primary audience remains as the target while secondary or tertiary audiences must be considered as well....
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