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The Aetna Foundation is focused on building healthy communities by reducing the gap in health care among racial and ethnic populations. Through Cycle Two of the Quality of Care Grants Program, the Aetna Foundation will make awards focused on two significant health care issues: End-of-Life Care and Depression. Priority consideration will be given to programs in these categories that are focused on racially and ethnically diverse populations.

End-of-Life Care

Aetna believes that all Americans should be empowered to make well-informed decisions about their health care, including care they receive at the end of their lives. Proposals submitted in this category should address one of the following areas:

  • Training and education, including cultural competency, for professionals across the health care continuum to enhance communication and care at the end of life.
  • Support services and resources for caregivers to help them deal more effectively with these complex and emotionally charged issues.
  • Initiatives to reduce barriers and increase use of palliative and home care services for patients at the end of life.


Improving mental health can improve physical health and quality of life.  Proposals submitted in this category should address one of the following areas:

  • Screening and outreach efforts to enhance early identification, diagnosis and treatment of depression, with a particular emphasis on children and women. Preference will be given to programs that integrate mental health services with general medical and preventive health services.
  • Public education and awareness programs to enhance understanding and treatment of depression, and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
  • Training and education that enhances health care professionals' ability to communicate and deliver culturally sensitive mental health care and services.

Because MU is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research, 203 Jesse Hall, no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, August 19, 2005. Letters of intent shall be limited to 3 pages. Letters should clearly state which category (End of Life or Depression) that the proposal is to be considered under, identify the target population, summarize the research proposal, and include a budget outline.

Amount: $50,000-$300,000 over one to three years
MU Deadline: 5:00 pm on Friday, August 19, 2005
Foundation Deadlines:

End-of-Life Care Abstracts – September 15, 2005
Depression Abstracts – October 15, 2005*
Invitation For Full Proposals – December 15, 2005
Full Proposals – February 15, 2006

Awards announced: March 2006.

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This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in biomedical disciplines. If there are others who may be interested, please forward to them.


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