2017 Grants

The Consumer Health Foundation (CHF) is committed to advancing racial equity in the Washington, DC region. We believe that to achieve health equity, we must also achieve racial equity and economic justice. Our racial equity approach includes the following elements:

  • Grounding our work in history so that we better understand how past social policies led to current conditions affecting communities of color
  • Disaggregating data by race and place to identify groups and places where an intervention is most likely to create the biggest impact
  • Using a racial equity impact assessment tool to help us consider policy solutions that will match the scale of challenges born out of decades of systemic racism
  • Organizing communities so that people with lived experience lead the development of solutions
  • Working with elected officials and agency leaders to educate them about solutions that they can formulate into policies, programs and systems changes to advance racial equity

Early this year, CHF issued a new RFP that required the use of a Racial Equity Impact Assessment tool, which is one of the elements of our racial equity approach. We also required applicants to submit a diversity matrix on the racial/ethnic and gender composition of the organization’s board, management, and other staff. This is the first time that CHF is implementing a field building approach to our advocacy grantmaking based on the intersection of our racial equity approach, the racial equity impact assessment tool and the diversity matrix.

As a learning institution, CHF is gaining insights on this racial equity grantmaking approach. We plan to share lessons based on our first year of implementation later in the year and will include comments from nonprofit organizations on the use of the racial equity impact assessment tool. CHF views the racial equity impact assessment tool as a living document. The comments from nonprofit organizations will help refine the tool.

The approved grants this quarter reflect ongoing work in the health reform advocacy field to advance racial equity. All of the issues that the organizations are addressing impact low-income communities of color. These include: protection of the Affordable Care Act, especially Medicaid; access to health coverage, especially for immigrant communities, and behavioral health services; and addressing health costs and the social factors that affect health. Grantee partners provided data by race and ethnicity, used the racial equity impact assessment tool to analyze the policy recommendations, and will be advocating with policymakers at the local and state levels. Others are incorporating a historical lens and directly engaging communities of color in advocacy and/or partnering with people of color-led organizations in coalitions. CHF will continue to build its own capacity and the capacity of its grantee partners to advance racial equity in our region, including addressing issues of diversity and equity within organizations.

Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis

To provide general operating support.

DC Primary Care Association

To advocate for a health system that provides comprehensive care, improves health, contains costs, and addresses the social factors that affect health.

La Clinica del Pueblo

To advocate for health equity for the Latino and other immigrant communities in the Washington, DC region.

Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative

To advocate for access to comprehensive, quality and affordable health care and a health system that addresses health inequities.

Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County

To provide general operating support.

Public Justice Center

To advocate for the protection of Medicaid and expansion of access to health care.

Voices for Virginia’s Children

To support its joint work with the Virginia Oral Health Coalition to protect Medicaid and ensure comprehensive and quality care and care coordination.

Washington AIDS Partnership

To support the implementation of the Ending HIV Plan.