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Health Leads’ Respond and Rebuild initiatives fill critical gaps in essential health resources worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic today, while also designing and supporting collaborations between community and health organizations that enable equity-centered, crisis-resilient systems of health moving forward.

Our projects are designed to:

  • Build lasting partnerships and change power structures between health care and community-based organizations to enable community members to make decisions about the living conditions that impact their health.
  • Expand, train and support paid community-based workforces who help provide food, housing, and other essential resources to families and communities that need it most.
  • Design and implement shared, crisis-resilient community resource data networks to offer a complete, real-time picture of essential resource availability and access.
  • Fill knowledge gaps with promising practices from our innovations and others to speed adoption of health equity and influence long-standing policy changes.

Community-Based Partners

For almost 25 years, we’ve partnered with healthcare systems and communities to improve the living conditions that drive health. Now, we are helping communities meet urgent resource demands, while also redesigning and rebuilding the systems necessary for a more equitable future. We’re thrilled to have launched and/or expanded partnerships with a range of community-based services and government organizations as well as national systems change organizations.

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Philanthropic Partners

COVID-19 is taking a disproportionately harder toll on communities of color that are, once again, on the frontline of vulnerability – many of whom have experienced higher rates of infection, unemployment, food insecurity, social isolation and other secondary impacts than white communities.  We are extremely proud to be affiliated with values-aligned philanthropic partners who make our Respond & Rebuild efforts possible.

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Boston-Resiliency fund logo
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Benefits of Becoming a Philanthropic Partner

Health Leads seeks to partner with 9 additional innovation funders at the $250k – $5m levels to support the two-year effort. Our ideal philanthropic partner is:

  • Passionate about health equity
  • Creating sustainable crisis response essential needs systems for vulnerable populations and redesigning/rebuilding the social safety net with an equity lens
  • Has synergistic social enterprise and philanthropy portfolios
  • Will help us meet our December 2020 milestones and innovation match challenge deadline set by the lead campaign donor and our board of directors.

For more information on how to become a philanthropic partner, please contact Aziza Musa, Vice President of Development.