CMS Data Report to Strengthen Your Grant Proposal’s “Statement of Need”

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) just released a report that could assist in being more responsive to the unique characteristics required for the Statement of Need of a grant application.
Below are some of the findings:
  • Relative to other races, American Indian and Alaska Native as well as Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander beneficiaries generally reported worse mental health status across multiple indicators, including depression and depression symptoms, days of activities missed because of poor physical and mental health, and mental health functioning.
  • Among all ethnicities, multiethnic Hispanic beneficiaries generally reported worse mental health status than non-Hispanic beneficiaries or those reporting a single ethnicity.

The findings imply that viewing results for only larger race or ethnicity groups (Asians, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, or Hispanics) may hide key differences, which emphasizes the importance of reporting more granular racial and ethnic data.
Be sure to check out our latest podcast to learn more about developing a strong Statement of Need to give yourself a better chance of being awarded funding.