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Focus Area

Community Health Ecosystems

It takes more than health care to be healthy. Racism, violence and trauma, poverty, siloed systems of care and limited educational and economic opportunities all adversely affect our health. Consequently, our work must address the inequities within and across systems that perpetuate negative health outcomes.

To create equitable and thriving communities, we need to strengthen and sustain local health ecosystems that support community engagement, include high-quality systems of care and ensure community safety and well-being.

Communities are multi-dimensional and exist at the intersections of place, race, ethnicity, gender expression, disability, immigration and legal status. We believe that strong community health ecosystems reflect an array of local assets and respond to diverse local needs.

Our goal is to leverage our investments, learning and influence as catalysts to support community health ecosystems that create opportunities for people and communities to achieve health equity.

Through this work, we aim to strengthen community health ecosystems that are accessible, informed by individuals and families, honor intergenerational expertise, reflect cross-sector leadership, provide high-quality coordinated services, create economic opportunity and advance racial equity.

Together with our partners and the communities they serve, we work to support equitable community-based participatory decision making, coordinated systems of care, neighborhood investments and inclusive health workforce pipelines. At the same time, we are committed to learning what communities around the country say they need to create equitable systems of care.

Kresge staff is working remotely, and our offices are closed until further notice.  See our promise to partners during COVID-19.
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