Milestones in CHF’s Health & Racial Equity Work
Following is a list of activities the Foundation has engaged in to advance racial and health equity (the story of our journey can be also found in our 2009 Annual Report, Health Justice: A Conversation).
- CHF holds its 2012 Annual Meeting, Connecting Communities: Advancing Regional Solutions For Health Equity, featuring Angela Glover Blackwell from PolicyLink.
- CHF writes article, Charting a Path Toward Health Equity, for Grantmakers in Health’s 2012 annual meeting Health and Equity for All, discussing the evolution of the Foundation’s work to address health equity in the DC metro region.
- In her acceptance speech for the 2012 Terrance Keenan Leadership Award, CHF President/CEO Margaret O’Bryon highlights the critical role health philanthropy must play in advancing equity.
- CHF hosts a training for its advocacy grantees and their key partners on Communicating Health and Racial Equity facilitated by Berkeley Media Studies Group.
- CHF supports 1-1 technical assistance to grantees to advance diversity, equity and inclusion within their organizations in partnership with OpenSource Leadership Strategies, Inc.
- CHF releases 2011 annual report, Building Equity: Community Empowerment as a Path to Better Health, featuring innovative, grassroots solutions to improving health and wealth in communities.
2009 - 2011:
2006 – 2008:
- CHF holds its 2006 Annual Meeting, Roots and Remedies: Creating Health Equality Through Social Justice, featuring Dr. Camara P. Jones, Research Director on the Social Determinants of Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as the keynote speaker.
- CHF participates in the Applied Research Center’s and the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity’s Racial Justice Grantmaking Assessment pilot project which was designed to help foundation staff and leaders understand the benefits of being explicit about racial equity, and to determine the degree to which their work is advancing racial justice. The process was featured in the 2009 report, Catalytic Change: Lessons Learned from the Racial Justice Grantmaking Assessment.
- CHF staff engages in facilitated discussions on the link between social and health inequity using the documentary Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?
- CHF holds its 2007 Annual Meeting, Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, previewing the first episode of the documentary followed by keynote speaker Dr. Adewale Troutman, former Director of the Louisville (KY) Metro Public Health & Wellness Department and founder of its Center for Health Equity, who was featured in the film.
- CHF Board of Trustees engage in a facilitated meeting and discussion on structural racism’s impact on racial and ethnic health inequities for communities of color as it relates to Foundation’s health disparity focus.
- CHF, continuing its health justice theme, holds its 2008 Annual Meeting featuring Sarah Jones in her one-woman play, A Right to Care.
2004 – 2005:
- CHF conducts five Community Health Speakouts across the region in which community members identify racism as a factor contributing to racial health inequities. CHF commits to convening “community-wide health equality dialogues that address racial and ethnic disparities, particularly the impact of structural racism, on the health and well-being of communities of color in the region.”
- CHF staff engages an internal learning process on structural racism and its historic and contemporary implications with viewings and facilitated discussions of the documentary Race: The Power of an Illusion.