The organization develops, implements and advocates strategic solutions to prevent disease and improve community health. A three-year grant supports the design and launch of a National Peer Learning Network to educate and assist food-procurement decision-makers in shifting supply chains and food purchasing to help large school districts procure healthy, locally grown, sustainably produced food for school meal programs.
The institute addresses the primary causes of health disparities in low-income communities. It is using this grant to oversee planning, implementation, technical assistance and awardee-coaching activities for the BUILD Health Challenge, which provides funding for 14 place-based initiatives anchored by local hospitals, health departments and community-based organizations that improve population health in low-income neighborhoods.
The 5,000-member physician and health-advocate organization informs the medical community and policymakers, promotes safer practices and elevates the role of community-based organizations as part of its efforts to protect public health from nuclear threats and environmental toxins. Grant money supports a project to broaden the scope of a regional air quality management plan to include measures aimed at reducing freight-generated diesel pollution at port and transshipment areas in Southern California.
The private liberal arts college serves a diverse student body on an urban campus. This two-year grant enables the Moving Forward Network, a consortium led by the college’s Urban and Environmental Policy Institute, to launch a two-year national campaign to reduce diesel pollution at major U.S. ports and freight facilities by advancing and implementing zero-emissions policies and technologies.
The institute facilitates the sharing of knowledge and resources among schools, businesses, universities and communities to solve communities’ most pressing social problems. Through this two-year grant, the institute is implementing and evaluating Streetwize, a Web-enabled civic-engagement platform that increases the impact of advocacy groups working to reduce pollution from freight traffic and to advance healthy, sustainable development.
The peer network and business alliance of 99 nonprofit housing developers and lenders in more than 30 states seeks to build affordable housing that uplifts low- and moderate-income residents and contributes to more vibrant communities.
The educational organization serves as a resource center for grantmakers and others seeking expertise and information on health philanthropy. Assistance from a two-year grant enables Grantmakers to develop programming, materials and initiatives that unite traditional and nontraditional health funders in collaborative efforts to improve health.
The grass-roots organization utilizes rights-based services, policy campaigns, civic engagement and direct action to improve conditions in Bay Area neighborhoods, create strong, equitable communities and foster a larger multiracial, multigenerational movement to bring about fundamental change. Funding goes toward the Strategic Healthy Homes Program, which advances equitable housing policies, strengthens code enforcement, bolsters renter protection and preserves healthy, affordable housing for low-income tenants in the East and West Oakland neighborhoods.
The partnership is working with the private sector to develop strategies for reducing childhood obesity. Grant money advances organizational efforts to obtain voluntary commitments from the nonprofit and corporate communities to adopt practices and policies that promote healthy eating and active living.
The nonpartisan membership organization provides inspiration, technical assistance and networking to local elected officials and other dedicated leaders who are working to create healthy, walkable and resource-efficient communities. Funding allows up to 55 leaders from the nation’s port communities and social and environmental justice advocates to participate in the 2015 Moving Forward Network preconference meeting and the 14th annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Baltimore.