We strive to impact the health and quality of life in Tyler and surrounding communities.
East Texans deserve programs that focus on improving their health and well-being. We believe that strategic grant-making is best done in collaboration with East Texans and the communities where they live and work.
According to recent studies published by The University of Texas at Tyler, age-adjusted mortality rates in Northeast Texas are higher than the entire state exceeding national averages for each one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. — heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory diseases.
The causes are many, but chief among them is limited access to primary care providers, scarce behavioral health resources, and lower utilization of prenatal care. Combined with a rural geography that often requires our citizens to travel for health care, low levels of insurance coverage, and limited access to broadband (which is necessary for telehealth and other online healthcare services), the current circumstances are not acceptable. East Texans deserve more.
Source: The 2021 edition of The Health Status of Northeast Texas 2021 can be found at https://utsystem.edu/netx/.
Who we help
We are interested in Health and education-related programs aimed at achieving sustainable improvements in health outcomes. We are particularly interested in services that focus on under-served and/or at-risk populations in ways that address the unique needs of our citizens. Finally, we would like to fund those programs that address the social determinants of health that can lead to the poor health-related outcomes we are experiencing in East Texas.
Mental well-being programs
We are interested in programs that improve the mid and long-term mental health status of the East Texas community.
As echoed by many experts, the ETMC Foundation is also concerned with the all-to-limited behavioral health services available in our communities. As such, we are interested in those programs that support early behavioral health interventions, particularly for adolescents, and programs designed to train and retain exceptional behavioral health professionals.
The ETMC Foundation is currently engaged in strategic planning and does not anticipate funding programs until completion of this planning effort. Grant-making is estimated to begin again in 2024, and we will evaluate all requests based on the impact each proposes and demonstrates within our communities. Additionally, we partner with other foundations and institutions to amplify the impact of our projects.