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Direct Relief’s Fund for Health Equity was created to increase access to health care and improve health outcomes for marginalized communities.
Through the Fund for Health Equity, Direct Relief is funding on-the-ground organizations addressing health inequities.
These groups have deep ties in the communities they serve and are working to diversify the healthcare workforce, eliminate health disparities, and employ technology to make healthcare more accessible and reliable to their patients.
Factors such as education, employment, income, family social support, community safety, air, water, housing, transit, and behaviors all contribute to poor health outcomes and will be addressed by groups receiving funding.
Addressing Inequities in Health
Marginalized communities have long experienced worse health outcomes and are less likely to receive the medical care they need. That’s true of people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people experiencing homelessness, and others as well.
These striking injustices are one of the modern-day effects of a long history of discriminatory practices, policies, and traditions.
Access to health care is just a single aspect of a person’s health. Race and ethnicity, housing situation, employment status, living environment, and spoken language, among other interrelated factors, will all play significant roles in an individual’s health outcomes.
The Fund for Health Equity
Direct Relief’s Fund for Health Equity provides financial support to community health centers, free and charitable clinics, educational institutions and other community-based organizations fighting the inequities that further health disparities.
The Fund is steered by an Advisory Council with deep connections and experience in communities in which the effects of racism and socioeconomic disparities persist.
The members are:
Co-Chair Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, 18th US Surgeon General of the United States, Founder BayouClinic, Inc.
Co-Chair Byron Scott, MD, MBA, Board Director of Direct Relief and Chair of its Medical Advisory Council
Martha Dawson, DNP, MSN, RN, FACHE, President and CEO President of the National Black Nurses Association, Associate Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
Jane Delgado, Ph.D., MS, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health
Gail Small, JD, Head Chief Woman, a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe
The Fund for Health Equity supports organizations making measurable progress in the following areas:
1. Diversifying the workforce
Direct Relief’s goal is to support people from all backgrounds as they undergo the certification and training to become nurses, community health workers, health navigators, and other essential health care workers and make these career paths more accessible to diverse groups of people.
2. Eliminating health disparities
A wide range of factors, from the living environment to financial situations, will play a role in a person’s health outcomes. Direct Relief funds organizations working to reduce these disparities while improving population health, preventing disease, and responding to behavioral health and substance abuse challenges.
3. Supporting digital health
Many organizations use new technology – including telehealth platforms, mobile medical units, and renewable energy – to expand access and deliver better patient care. Direct Relief’s aim is to support them in these innovative efforts, helping them respond to the needs of their communities.
Applications to the Fund for Health Equity are by invitation only.
Since 2021, Direct Relief, through its Fund for Equity, has granted more than $42.5 million to 149 organizations across the U.S.
Fund for Health Equity Grantees
Alabama Statewide Area Health Education Center
A Promise to HELP
Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice
Children’s Village, Inc
Grace House Ministries
Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy, Inc.
Medical Society of Mobile County
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Alaska Native Birthworkers Community
Alaska Pacific University
Data for Indigenous Justice
First Alaskans Institute
Yakutat Tlingit Tribe
Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health
North Country Healthcare
El Centro Hispano
Asian Health Services
Cultiva la Salud
Family Health Centers of San Diego
Mexican American Opportunity Foundation
San Ysidro Health
Self-Help for the Elderly
To Help Everyone Health and Wellness Centers
Salud Para La Gente
Kee Char E Nar
La Familia Counseling Center, Inc
Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance, Inc
Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos
Shared Harvest Foundation
Universal Community Health Center
University Muslim Medical Association, Inc.
Vision y Compromiso
Tepeyac Community Health Center
Borinquen Health Care Center, Inc.
First Coast Black Nurses Association
Miami Rescue Mission Clinic
The Glades Initiative, Inc.
Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers of Dade County, Inc
University of Florida Foundation
Good Samaritan Health Center
Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia, Inc
Tree of Life Healthcare
Center for Black Women’s Wellness
Food Well Alliance
Friends of Refugees
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii
Kokua Kalihi Comprehensive Family Services
Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition
DuPage Health Coalition
Esperanza Health Centers
Family Christian Health Center
Haskell Indian Nations University
Latino Policy Forum/Illinois Unidos
The Night Ministry
Trident Ministries International
Purdue University Center for Health Equity and Innovation
Haskell Indian Nations University
Genesis Family Health
West Louisville Performing Arts Academy
MLK Health Center & Pharmacy
New Orleans Women's Wellness
NOELA Community Health Center
St. Gabriel Health Clinic and Gardere Center for Primary Care Services
Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness
Mano en Mano
National Black Nurses Association
The 21 Collective
Community Health and Social Service Center
Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, Inc., also known as Central City Integrated Health
Minnesota Community Care
Indigenous Peoples Task Force
Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services
Alcorn State University Foundation
Boys and Girls Club Northern Cheyenne Nation
Native American Development Corporation
OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc.
Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative
Changing Woman Initiative
La Plazita Institute
Tewa Women United
YES Housing, Inc.
Youth Development, Inc.
Charles B. Wang Community Health Center
Institute for Family Health
Urban Health Plan
El Centro Hispano, Inc.
Goshen Medical Center, Inc.
Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center
Winston-Salem State University
Asian Services in Action
Good Samaritan Health Services
Health Outreach Prevention Education, Inc.
North by Northeast Community Health Center
One Community Health
Unidos Bridging Community
Congreso de Latinos Unido
Delaware Valley Community Health
Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity)
Puentes de Salud
Rhode Island Free Clinic
Darkness to Light
Centro Hispano de East Tennessee
Meharry Medical College
Acacia Medical Mission
Centro San Vicente
LBU Community Center
Opportunity Center for the Homeless
Project Vida Health Center
San José Clinic
Triangle Area Network, Inc.
The Beacon of Downtown Houston
Ubi Caritas Health Ministries
University of Texas at El Paso
Young Women’s Christian Association San Antonio
CrossOver Healthcare Ministry
Good Neighbor Health Clinics, Inc.
Community of Hope
El Centro de la Raza
Sea Mar Community Health Centers
Seattle Indian Health Board
Vida Senior Centers
University of Wyoming
Health Equity Fund
Donations to the Health Equity Fund will support meaningful change to increase access to healthcare for people throughout the US, regardless of race, ethnicity, location, or income.