The beauty of philanthropy lies in its inherent flexibility and ability to adapt. We have an obligation to “meet this moment”—a moment of dual public health crises: COVID-19 and race equity—and an opportunity to change the landscape, dynamics, culture, and outcomes of our field. In times of crisis, where innovation and collaboration across systems are enhanced, I am reminded why I chose public health as a career and am committed to adapt, listen, andcontinue support for the most vulnerable.
As we continue our work, Health Forward Foundation will center racial equity in our core competencies of leadership, advocacy, and resources. Practicing racial equity means that we will work to create the conditions in which one’s racial identity has absolutely no influence on their ability to thrive. This aspiration requires Health Forward to be the change we wish to see by ensuring racial equity becomes our very ethos.
The COVID-19 pandemic is becoming the defining moment of our time. And so too will the response. Coming through to the other side will take the collective effort of all sectors – including philanthropy – both in the now and in the rebuilding that will follow.
For more than two decades, ClearWay Minnesota has led the fight against Minnesota’s top preventable cause of death and disease: commercial tobacco use. Our scope is among the broadest of any tobacco control organization in the country. The work we led has prevented thousands of deaths and tens of thousands of hospitalizations, and saved billions in worker productivity and health care costs.
We have learned that case management and supportive services, along with assistance navigating access to affordable health care, are vital to improving the ability of those who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, to find and maintain stable housing. With this new focus, we can experiment with funding novel and creative approaches to the safety net of housing and health care services available in our community.
HMSA Foundation aims to serve all the people of Hawaiʻi by lifting up and strengthening powerful community practices that can be emulated or will lead to system changes that have a profound impact on health.
Cambia Health Foundation serves health care consumers and their caregivers across the United States through investments in palliative care program development, workforce capacity, and leadership development.
“In our community-based work, we find ourselves having moved into a position of power that we did not intend, and now have to be more deliberate about transitioning it back to the community it belongs to.”
We know that health and well-being are influenced by factors such as race/ethnicity, place, and socio-economic status long before individuals enter a doctor’s office. For that reason, much of our work aims to address social factors that influence health through the integration and coordination of care and services. By supporting integration, we aim to provide individuals and families with the full range of resources and supports that they need to thrive.
The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation is a grantmaking organization dedicated primarily to sustained investment in the quality of life of the people of Southeast Michigan and Western New York.