Community Health & Wellbeing

Community Health & Wellbeing GOAL #1: Assure collaborative and continuing support to focus on the long-term impact of social and community determinants of health, root causes and disproportionate racialized outcomes in housing and economic equity to achieve racial justice.

Example grants: Justice for Our Neighbors – Legal services, advocacy, education, and outreach services for refugees; Sacred Beginnings – Support for survivors of human trafficking; Health Net of West Michigan – Obesity intervention services with hands-on skills building; South East Market – Food hub that provides healthy food, environmental & social justice youth programming; Grand Rapids Urban League – “Cure Violence” youth support and prevention program that takes a public health approach; Meaning in Colors – Temporary housing and financial literacy for underemployed and individuals experiencing homelessness; Inner City Christian Confederation – Support services to increase home ownership with in historically excluded population; Ayni Institute Inc.(Cosecha) – Organizes and trains community to create systemic change to make Grand Rapids more inclusive to immigrant workers and marginalized individuals; Puertas Abiertas – Free therapeutic services for women, children, immigrants, domestic abuse survivors and LGBTQIA community; Michigan Civic Education Fund – Build civic engagement capacity for organizations run by people of color.    


Community Health & Wellbeing GOAL #2: Assure a pipeline of diverse and culturally competent talent to create racial justice and equity that arise from the most disproportionate, racialized social determinants of health in Grand Rapids.

Example grants: Grand Rapids Chapter National Black Nurses Association Inc – Scholarships, mentoring, and academic support for Black student nurses; The Ferris Foundation – Entrepreneurship training and business coaching for aspiring Latinx entrepreneurs; West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Empowering Latinx businesses through education with a focus on equitable growth and  development of Latino talent; Northern Initiative – Loan program with a focus on People of Color-owned businesses; Michigan Nonprofit Association – Support for education of underrepresented populations on new redistricting process and census; Rende Progress Capital – Technical support for historically excluded entrepreneurs.