Since 2001, the Brandywine Health Foundation has been making grants to local nonprofit organizations serving the Greater Coatesville area to address health equity issues among communities disparately impacted by poor health. This year, the Foundation began to implement a new strategic plan, focusing on three priorities, and outlining future investments to improve the social, economic, environmental and political challenges that impact healthy living.
The first of the three priorities is specifically aimed at helping people live healthy and well. We are working to improve systems of care across nonprofit and for-profit businesses, government, and philanthropy by creating seamless access and transition to programs and services for struggling individuals and families.
The second strategic priority centers on creating healthy spaces and places for people to thrive. We are addressing the intersection of public health and community planning and design in ways that support the development of inclusive healthy indoor and outdoor public spaces.
Our third strategic priority pertains to the role of the Brandywine Health Foundation in leading community-driven change. Community engagement is the cornerstone of the work we do and by empowering people in the places where they live, we strengthen their ability to shape the policies, services and programs that affect them directly.
With these new priorities in place, Brandywine Health Foundation is better positioned to broadly address health inequities that take place outside of the doctor’s office. Our new strategic plan will build on existing assets to help reshape our community for greater equality and lasting change.
- Helping residents build power to shape decisions that affect the health of their families and communities
- Strengthening collaborative partnerships between public, private and community-based organizations
- Investing in organizations and initiatives that improve health outcomes
- Supporting transformational change in health and human service safety net systems
- Ensuring that health is prioritized in economic development and public safety