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Example Scenario: DooNow Critical Access Hospital

Using a grant from a federal government agency, DooNow Critical Access Hospital seeks to improve diabetes education among vulnerable populations in its service area. The hospital will work with the community nurse practitioner, employed by the community's primary care physician. Dietary information will be provided to interested patients and their families. A grant of $200,000 has been awarded, and a state foundation has provided an additional supplement of $20,000. Under the grant, a hospital nurse will serve as the grant manager who will contact interested families identified by the hospital and nurse practitioner. Two care coordinators will be hired by the hospital to disseminate printed materials on diet and follow-up care to participating families.

The grantee enters data on all inputs employed by DooNow or under contract with DooNow. The EIA Tool provides a report summarizing:

  • Total program spending
  • Total economic impact
  • A ratio of the economic impact based on HRSA program funding

This particular example shows that, for every dollar of total funding received, the program created $1.95 in benefits. However, if we consider economic return on HRSA funding alone, the return is higher. For every dollar HRSA granted, the program created $2.15 in community benefits – benefits funded directly by HRSA funds, and funds obtained indirectly from the foundation.