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Climate Change, Health & Equity Initiative Mobilizing equitable climate action from health care institutions, health practitioners and among community advocates in ways that reflect the needs and priorities of low-income, urban communities.

About the Climate Change, Health & Equity Initiative

A rally calling for equitable climate resilience work

Climate change is already harming human health. High heat, more volatile and extreme weather, and sea level rise will increasingly – and potentially catastrophically – impact the well-being of humans. Low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately at risk due to existing social, economic, and health vulnerabilities that will become worse.

Building on years of collaboration at the intersection of climate change, health, and equity, Kresge’s Environment and Health programs have partnered to address the intersecting imperatives of accelerating action on climate change and reducing health disparities.

These investments grow from, and reinforce, our belief that climate change is the greatest public health threat of this century. It adversely affects key social and environmental determinants of health – clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food, secure shelter, and stressors that erode mental health and well-being.

The climate change, health & equity initiative includes three distinct but aligned strategies aimed at:
Building the capacity of health institutions
Transforming practitioners
Strengthening community-based leadership

Request for proposals (RFP) for community-based strategy now closed

A request for proposals (RFP) for the community-based strategy of Kresge’s Climate Change, Health & Equity initiative closed on March 19. The RFP focused on the planning phase of a multi-year effort supporting community-based nonprofit organizations and their capacity to accelerate the implementation of policies and practices that advance climate resilience and reduce health risks equitably. Kresge will fund 12-15 one-year planning grants of up to $100,000 each during the planning phase. The second phase of the initiative will provide multi-year project implementation grants.

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