We help build equity-focused systems of health that create opportunities for all people to achieve well-being.
Health is about so much more than health care.
Our health and well-being are influenced by factors, including housing, education, economic stability, transportation and other services, along with community contexts like civic participation and interaction with the criminal justice system.
Our access to these social determinants of health is governed by the social determinants of equity – systems of power like structural racism, sexism, nativism, ableism and poverty.
As the Health team at the Kresge Foundation, we are focused on building equity-focused systems of health that create opportunities for everyone to be as healthy as they can be.
In our ideal future, people and communities are thriving and have the power to realize their vision of health and well-being. All sectors work together for the benefit of everyone, especially low-wealth communities of color. And we benefit from a fully functioning democracy that includes and represents everyone.
To help ensure that future, we champion community-led solutions, working closely with our partners to make sure that people with low incomes in America’s cities have access to high quality affordable housing, fresh food, clean air, safe neighborhoods and economic opportunities.
We aim to reduce the racial wealth gap as a pathway toward achieving health equity. We seek to reimagine systems of care and help build local health ecosystems where communities are safe, engaged, served and healthy.
We’re committed to addressing racial equity in our work and recognizing the challenges communities face in addressing structural racism.
Communities across the U.S. have the expertise and experience to design solutions that change systems, services and practices to achieve equitable health outcomes. By changing how we invest in communities and trusting in their power and ability, together we can build new systems of health for all of us.
Environment, Health, Social Investment Practice
Health, Social Investment Practice
We Invest in These Focus Areas
Our strategy to build equity-focused systems of health includes three focus areas.
We partner with communities to drive locally determined solutions that influence systems, services and practices to improve well-being.
We aim to improve health equity by creating community investment ecosystems designed to close the racial wealth gap.
We support local health ecosystems that create opportunities for people and communities to achieve health equity.
We partner with people and communities to support efforts to build and advance equitable systems of health that give everyone the opportunity to thrive.
This initiative identifies innovative community-generated solutions to improve health outcomes and housing affordability and quality.
CCHE mobilizes equitable climate action from health care institutions, practitioners and community advocates that reflects the priorities of low-income communities in U.S. cities.
FreshLo brings together food, creative placemaking and community to drive equitable neighborhood revitalization.
ELPH equips local public health officers with knowledge and skills to transform the role of public health in their communities.
Funding for the Health Program
We use a full array of funding and investment tools to foster change, including project grants, operating support, planning grants and program-related investments. Program-related investments may take the form of direct loans, guarantees that provide credit support to borrowers, or linked deposits.
Grant opportunities are listed on the Current Funding Opportunities page. We often invite applications from individual organizations and use a request-for-proposals process to fund specific efforts.
As we evaluate proposals, we look for efforts that represent community priorities, build community leadership and power, facilitate cross-sector partnerships, promote population health, employ effective communications strategies and adopt an explicit equity lens.
How to Apply
Health Grants Made
Health Social Investments Made
Associate, Grants Management
Health, Human Services
Program Team Assistant