Low-income, park-poor communities in California’s North Orange County stand to benefit from increased access to green space, says a recent policy report
TROY, Mich. – More-equitable investments of public and private resources are needed to improve access to parks‚ recreational facilities‚ and other green space for low-income‚ minority communities in south Orange County, California, says a recent policy report by The City Project. Increased exercise, sports participation, and outdoor recreation in safe, natural areas can improve health and overall quality of life for residents, the report's findings show.
TROY, Mich. – Three organizations supported by The Kresge Foundation have won funding through the White House's Social Innovation Fund and New Profit Inc. for programs that help low-income young people get to college and stay to graduate.
Exposure to high levels of toxic air pollution puts Los Angeles’ poor neighborhoods at risk, says new report
TROY, Mich. – Residents of low-income communities in Los Angeles face elevated health risks from disproportionately high and prolonged exposure to cumulative concentrations of toxic air pollution emitted by sources "hidden" from the official view of regulatory agencies, says a new policy brief by the Los Angeles Collaborative for Environmental Health and Justice. Multiple exposures to toxins and particulate matter in air pollution have been linked to high rates of asthma, respiratory disease, and cancer risk.
$6 million awarded to safety-net enhancement initiative grant recipients for part-two demonstration projects
TROY, Mich.-- The Kresge Foundation approved in December 2010 funding for the implementation phase of its four-year, two-part Safety-net Enhancement Initiative with grant awards totaling $6 million to eight public-health agencies and community nonprofit organizations. The grantees will be developing demonstration projects to integrate community health and prevention with primary care for vulnerable populations.
Institute for Alternative Futures solicits cases from community health centers that leverage the social determinants of health
TROY, Mich. – The Institute for Alternative Futures is soliciting cases from community health centers that demonstrate how they are leveraging the social determinants of health to improve individual and population health in their communities, says David D. Fukuzawa, director of The Kresge Foundation's Health Program.
TROY, Mich. – The Kresge Foundation will sponsor Art X Detroit, a free, five-day series of exhibitions, presentations, readings, discussions, concerts and dance performances for the Detroit community. Art X will showcase newly commissioned works from the 36 winners of Kresge Artist Fellowships and its two Eminent Artists, renowned visual artist Charles McGee and iconic jazz musician Marcus Belgrave.
TROY, Mich. – Renowned literary artist and educator Bill Harris – whose poetry, prose, and playwriting have won him acclaim from Detroit to New York City – has been named the 2011 Kresge Eminent Artist by The Kresge Foundation.
TROY, Mich. – The Kresge Foundation has made available on its website electronic copies of commemorative monographs celebrating the life and times of two distinguished Kresge Eminent Artist Award recipients: visual artist Charles McGee and trumpet player Marcus Belgrave.
Physical activity for children must become national priority, says report from the Convergence Partnership
TROY, Mich. – The Convergence Partnership has released a comprehensive policy report elevating the importance of physical activity in childhood and youth development and calling upon diverse stakeholders to create environments that encourage and support active living among young people and their families.
Improving the indoor environmental quality of homes reduces the asthma-related expenses of residents
TROY, MICHIGAN – Supplementing primary and specialized care with asthma education and home-based environmental intervention can be beneficial for patients and cost-effective for health-care insurers. This combined nonclinical approach-- teaching people how to manage their asthma more effectively and addressing harmful environmental factors in the home that trigger the onset or severity of the disease-- has been shown to lower medical costs by reducing expensive urgent-care visits and hospitalization.
National Health Policy Forum releases report on how to reduce non-medical factors contributing to poor health
TROY, Mich. – Improving the overall health of the American people and reducing health-care utilization and expenditures requires a focus on public-health initiatives that address the non-medical factors impacting the well-being of individuals, families, and communities, says a new report by the National Health Policy Forum.
TROY, Mich. – The Kresge Foundation's grant funding empowered four leading environmental organizations to support a historic vote that sets higher energy-efficiency code requirements for buildings under the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).
In a Recent Speech to Higher Education Leaders in South Africa, Rip Rapson Reflects on Kresge’s Grantmaking Success and Future Role
TROY, MICHIGAN – Rip Rapson, president of The Kresge Foundation, delivered the welcome address at the annual Kresge Foundation Special Initiative in South Africa Leadership Retreat on Oct. 11 in Kleinmond, near Cape Town. Framing the scope of the meeting for the attending higher education policymakers and vice chancellors from the country's leading universities, he examined both the successes and challenges of South African higher education.
TROY, MICHIGAN – A recent policy brief documents the ongoing struggle of Baldwin Hills residents-- who live in a five-square-mile community located seven miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles-- to expand their parkland and thereby improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, and children. To achieve this goal, the enclave's largely African American and minority population supports efforts to transform the 1,000-acre Inglewood oil field, which has blighted the central core of the metropolitan area, into a two-mile-square urban state park.
Kresge Foundation Announces New Grantmaking Strategy To Increase the Number of College Graduates in the U.S.
TROY, MICHIGAN – The Kresge Foundation announces today its new Education Program, a three-part effort to increase the number of low-income and underserved individuals entering and completing two- and four-year college and university degrees so that they may overcome poverty, improve their life prospects, and contribute to overall national competitiveness.
High School-level Programs Can Help Raise Awareness of Occupational Health and Safety Risks for Young People
TROY, MICHIGAN – Work can benefit young people by helping them acquire important job skills and gain confidence in their abilities. However, migrant, seasonal, and young workers employed in low-paying, high-hazard jobs in U.S. industries and agriculture suffer a disproportionate number of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities compared to other workers. Efforts to address issues important to their health and safety on the job have been hampered by inadequate funding, resources, and education.
TROY, MICHIGAN – The Kresge Foundation has awarded $3,027,000 in its second-round of operational funding to 16 charitable and public-health clinics in 15 states through its Health Clinic Opportunity Fund. The foundation committed $4.6 million in the first round of funding which was announced in February 2010.
TROY, MICHIGAN – Expanding access to healthy, affordable food, especially for low-income residents and people of color, and creating a sustainable, equitable food system can go a long way toward improving the physical, economic, social, and environmental health of all Americans, says a new report commissioned by the Convergence Partnership.
TROY, Mich. – A new Web-based Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange, launched in July by two Kresge grantees, Island Press and EcoAdapt, offers a comprehensive toolkit of free online resources that conservation practitioners and policy makers can utilize to develop, implement, and share innovative approaches for adapting to climate change.
TROY, MICHIGAN – The Altarum Institute has been awarded a $19.6 million federal grant for the Michigan Center for Effective Information Technology Adoption (M-CEITA). The regional extension center, led by Altarum, a nonprofit health-systems research institute, and a statewide coalition of partner organizations, is accelerating the adoption of electronic health record systems and other health-information technologies in Michigan.