That all residents of our communities lead full, healthy, and happy lives and enjoy equal life expectancy.
HCF understands that systemic conditions such as implicit bias and institutional/structural racism impede access and opportunities that improve well-being and a sustainable quality of life. We intend to use our platform and resources to create change, forge partnerships, and share learning through a focused and visible commitment to address these disparities and achieve health equity.
All organizations must be able to demonstrate that the proposed programs/services align with at least one of the categories below, which comprise our grantmaking framework.
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for health-related policies and systems change
We know that the most effective ways to influence health are by addressing the root causes of inequalities. HCF works to impact existing structures and policies to create more opportunities for communities to have a voice at the table where decisions are made. Some of our investment strategies include (but are not limited to):
knowledge through capacity building
For this grantmaking cycle, HCF seeks to invest in efforts that contribute to community-driven and/or community-specific research, data collection, and analysis. Such efforts should investigate, disseminate, and otherwise contribute to field of local health. We will consider efforts that:
social determinants of health
HCF understands that overall health is deeply influenced by where we live, learn, work, and play. Aspects of everyday life such as housing, jobs, education, transportation, and outdoor space can influence health outcomes. Investment efforts in the social determinants of health include:
to quality health care
HCF recognizes that high quality, comprehensive health care services are often out of reach for residents in our region. Common barriers to timely care can include high costs, inadequate or no insurance coverage, lack of available services, long wait times, and lack of culturally competent care. Access efforts can include:
Given that HCF’s endowment is funded from the proceeds of the MacNeal Hospital sale to a private company in 1999, HCF will make grants in the MacNeal Hospital service area.
To achieve health equity, HCF will allocate the majority of funds to zip codes that rank lowest in our social determinants of health study.
For more information about our Legacy & Equity zone zip codes, please refer to the HCF Strategic Plan.
HCF Funding Area
HCF will allocate the majority of its funds to general operating support. Legacy & Equity zip codes will receive the majority of available funds through long-term grants (of up to five years). We will issue an RFP annually for general operating support.
Additionally, and by invitation, HCF will fund strategic health initiatives that explore or expand new opportunities and/or address crises or emergencies requiring immediate, targeted resources.
HCF supports learning communities, trainings, conferences and other programs aimed at strengthening the nonprofit sector and our partners who help achieve our mission within our region.
Based on its grantmaking and strategic investments, HCF anticipates the following impacts: increasing access to services and care; improving quality of care; improving institutional outcomes for populations with historical barriers to quality care; creating effective multi-sector collaborations and alliances; advocating for policies and systems change that impact the health of the region; and increasing the capacity of leaders and organizations to advance health equity, quality, and access.