Eliminating Health Inequities: Comprehensive Health Education Foundation Awards Grants

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One of the most pressing health issues facing our society today is the fact that not everyone has an equal opportunity for health. Statistics show that levels of disease, disability, and death are higher across ethnic, racial, and economic groups that often do not have viable opportunities for regular physical activity or access to healthy food. To address this serious inequity, Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.®), long known for its mission to promote health and quality of life through education, has initiated a grant program to make it easier for people to move more and eat healthier. With an emphasis on increasing physical activity and improving nutrition, C.H.E.F. has selected seven organizations as award recipients, all within Clark, Pierce, and Spokane counties in Washington State.

One of the most pressing health issues facing our society today is the fact that not everyone has an equal opportunity for health. Statistics show that levels of disease, disability, and death are higher across ethnic, racial, and economic groups that often do not have viable opportunities for regular physical activity or access to healthy food.

To address this serious inequity, Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.®), long known for its mission to promote health and quality of life through education, has initiated a grant program to make it easier for people to move more and eat healthier. With an emphasis on increasing physical activity and improving nutrition, C.H.E.F. has selected seven organizations as award recipients, all within Clark, Pierce, and Spokane counties in Washington State.

With one-year grants of up to $20,000 each to culturally-diverse community partnerships, C.H.E.F.'s goal is to support a variety of programs based on their "best idea" of how to make it easier for people who suffer from health inequities to make healthy choices. The new grants encourage and support organizations that:

  • work directly in communities with large numbers of low-income people and diverse ethnic or racial populations
  • are excited about and committed to making it easier for people to live healthier lives
  • celebrate and support diversity, community, and partnership
  • can sustain the project once funding ends

Organizations selected to receive C.H.E.F.'s grants are:

Pierce County

Tacoma Housing Authority
Salishan: Active. Healthy. Connected.    
$20,000

The Indochinese Cultural and Service Center    
The Southeast Asian Healthy Families Project
$20,000

Clark County

Washington State University, Clark County Extension
In Partnership with Latino Community Resource Group and
Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation
Latino Family Health & Fitness
$20,000

Vancouver Housing Authority RISE & STARS Community Center
Fresh Ideas for a Healthy Community
$19,979

Spokane County

The N.A.T.I.V.E. Project
NATIVE-On-the-Go-Meals
$19,876

Washington State University County Extension / CCST Program
Gardening for Health
$17,995

Women's and Children's Free Restaurant
Healthy Habits
$2,150

According to Larry Clark, President and Chief Executive Officer of C.H.E.F., "Our vision for the future is that all people have an equal opportunity for health, which is why we have made a ten-year commitment to provide targeted grants to eliminate health inequities. We are proud to continue our history of philanthropy within Washington State, and are pleased to award these grants to such a deserving group of organizations, projects, and initiatives that support our mission, vision, and new program priorities in the elimination of health inequities."

Kathy Burgoyne, PhD, Director of Philanthropy, Research, and Evaluation at C.H.E.F., says, "We believe organizations that are grounded in the ethnic and cultural traditions of the communities being served will be most successful. We are pleased to support a variety of programs that seek to create an equal opportunity for health. Our grantees represent a unique combination of local, grass roots, community-led organizations, as well as larger, government-supported organizations, and we look forward to providing a forum for collaboration and partnership between projects as well as programs to help them achieve a greater likelihood of success."

About Comprehensive Health Education Foundation

Founded in 1974, Seattle-based Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.®) is a nationally known nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote health and quality of life through education. With a focus on helping other health and human service organizations eliminate health inequities across ethnic, racial, and income groups, C.H.E.F. offers a unique blend of philanthropy and advocacy, as well as mentoring and training through its new MissionWise® division. For information about C.H.E.F. and MissionWise, please visit http://www.chef.org and http://www.missionwise.org or call 1.800.323.2433.

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