Health Foundation 2021 Annual Report

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To our community partners:

Since 2020, the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York has been committed to a vision and strategic plan rooted in racial and socioeconomic health equity. This journey has taught us crucial lessons about the role we play in the community and the importance of trust, listening, and respect in our pursuit of more equitable grantmaking.

From the time the Health Foundation was founded, we have always believed in going ‘beyond the check’ to build collaborative programs and partnerships that tackle the root causes of health care issues. Now, twenty years later, we understand more than ever how important those connections are—connections with the community, with nonprofit organizations on the frontlines of this work, and with our funding partners in philanthropy.

Throughout 2021, we built new relationships in sometimes non-traditional ways, and took advantage of technology that enabled us to work with new and old partners across the region, state, and country. This report shares the highlights of those connections—from an advocacy initiative that enabled central New Yorkers to access health care with the help of their local library, to a school-based caregiver respite program that creates connections across generations.

As we continue to listen, learn, and adapt in our pursuit of health equity, we send thanks to the partners who grant us the privilege of joining us on that journey. Please enjoy this look back at 2021.


Cheryl Smith Fisher
Chair, Board of Trustees

Nora OBrien-Suric, PhD

Focus Area: Community Health Capacity, Older Adults, Young Children Impacted by Poverty

Category: Evaluation, Infographic, Report, Toolkit

Date Published: May 27, 2022